Lamb flambe, cucumber cookies, Krambambula: Tasting Belarusian nobilility’s meals in Minsk

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Belarusians can boast of both a simple and hearty contry-style cuisine and the finest culinary traditions of nobility (szlachta). For the first time Minsk has hosted a tasting of food which wealthy Belarusians used to savour in the XIXth century.

12 dishes were offered to those who attended the event held in a nobleman’s house. The guests of Ynot cafe stood the chance to taste hot soft sbiten (drink with honey and spices ), rye and honey gingerbreads, cucumber cookies and ‘noble’ sweets without… sugar.

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Alena Mikulchyk, a historian of gastronomy and expert in Belarusian cuisine, told the attendants the story of each meal.

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As far as traditional alcoholic beverages are concerned, mead, Krambambula, juniper and horseradish liqueur were popular with the Belarusian nobility. Grand ladies ofted opted for chose pamerantsauka – a strong drink made with the usage of orange peel.

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Lamb flambe, one of the main courses, was really hot.

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Pastry cups with whipped cream, blueberries yes cranbery and orange syrup were served for dessert.

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