A Russian friend offered up his home, we invited some interested parties and made a themed buffet to soak up the vodka shots.
- Caviar buterbrodi (open sandwiches)
- Semi-salted Russian cucumbers
- Sprats and real caraway black Russian bread
- Classic Stolichni Salad (a twist on potato salad)
This was followed by my book talk.
My Soviet Kitchen in Four Objects
I introduced the four objects and located them in the book:
- A samovar - traditional Russian tea urn, which represents the Russian kitchen.
- An Uzbek pilaf plate - a huge, colourful pottery plate, which Uzbeks serve their national dish on. I read an extract where heroine Ivy comes face to face with a steaming mountain of Uzbek pilaf at an open-air wedding.
- A Vobla - this is a Russian dried, salted fish - a delicacy with beer, which Ivy first meets in an Estonian sauna.
- A Georgian wine horn - Ivy sees how this works for real at a Georgian feast table.