Some of my best childhood memories are around the kitchen table with my grandparents learning to cook. So nostalgic… baking cookies, making chicken soup and even simple things like learning to peel vegetables and how to make the perfect cup of tea.
This week, we’ve been down at the holiday house with my parents and our two gorgeous kiddies, Cherry and Tiger. My mum, aka “Babushka”, taught Cherry how to make “Russian Salad” or “Olivier” – a traditional diced potato salad based on a recipe dating back to the 1860’s, invented by a Russian chef called Lucien Olivier. Since childhood, I can remember my Russian grandmother, aunty and mother preparing their own unique versions of this salad for every festive family dinner. Today Babushka shares her secret and simple techniques with you.
Cherry taking snaps on Babushka’s phone for Instagram – @babushka_natalia
– 8 medium sized white potatoes, boiled and peeled
– 12 hard boiled eggs, peeled
– 1 x can of peas, drained
– 1 x can of cooked carrots, drained (we boiled our own this time)
– 1 jar of dill pickles, drained
– 1/4 bunch spring onion chopped, 1cm slices
– 500gm jar of whole egg mayonnaise
– salt to taste
– dice all ingredients into 1cm cubes
– toss together in a large bowl
– stir in mayonnaise
– add salt to taste
– serve with a shot of chilled vodka… or three!