This evening we were invited to our next door neighbours' house for a 'Russian feast'.
The meal began with a selection of cold delicacies which included Russian salad, Ukrainian sausage, several types of pickled and brined vegetables, cured Russian herring, rye bread and an amazing layered dish of cooked beetroot cooked carrot, onions and herring, covered with sour cream..
These dishes were eaten Russian style with a toast before each shot of vodka. We started with a Ukrainian one, moving on to Grey Goose - surprisingly, as it is French, our neighbours' favourite vodka.
The main course of pork steak on a bed of onions and covered with a cheese and mayonnaise mixture was also very good. It was accompanied by a very finely shredded and very fresh tasting pickled cabbage salad and a radish and dill salad in sour cream.
We then took a break to play a few games of pool in the basement before returning for dessert.
There was a Russian style Gateau Napoleon, Ukrainian halva made with sunflower seeds and citrus jelly slices. With dessert we drank black tea with fresh mint.
It was a lovely evening and quite an experience!