Monday, May 7, 2012

Around the World in 12 Dishes: Russia

Welcome to "Around The World in 12 Dishes". We will be taking you on a journey around the world, (loosely) following in Phileas Fogg's footsteps, exploring 12 different countries with our children, by cooking 12 dishes with them. One for each country visited.

Adventures In Mommydom, Creative Family Fun, Glittering Muffins, Juggling with KidsKitchen Counter Chronicles, Make, Do & Friends, Mom 2 Posh Little Divas,Mummymummymum, Rainy Day Mum, Red Ted Art, The Educators' Spin On It and The Outlaw Mom have come together to help you on your food journey and will each cook a dish with our children and post about it - to help inspire you to have a go! Then go out there, cook, blog, and join in the linky fun!

beef stroganoff

So, Jeff and I have different tastes in meals.  Usually if I absolutely love a meal, then he’s rather indifferent or dislikes it (spaghetti), and vice versa for me.  So, I’m always happy to find meals we can both like, beef stroganoff is one of those.


Now, I am quite sure that my way of making it has absolutely nothing to do with Russia, but it’s popular here, so that’s what counts for dinner.  Now for learning about other cultures………


Ingredients: 3 pounds or so of stew meat, 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup, 2 cloves of minced garlic (1 teaspon of the pre-minced kind), 1 cup of sour cream, egg noodles


1.  Brown the stew meat, then pour it into your slow cooker.


1b.  Pose as a soldier, and explain to your Mom that you plan on being a soldier or a hero when you grow up.  This is a VERY IMPORTANT STEP.



2.  Add in 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup, do not add in broth like we’re doing here.  This will lead to runny sauce, and help you remember to CHECK THE RECIPE, NOT MAKE IT FROM MEMORY.  my bad, it’s a wonder my kids don’t die of food poisoning sometimes.  Okay, not really, I’m not that bad of a cook, but there are times……


3.  Add in the garlic, and whatever other random spices you decide to add in.  This is where I drive Jeff nuts because it really is random.  My go to: basil, oregano, or thyme (not really appropriate for Russia, more Italian).



4.  TURN ON YOUR SLOW COOKER.  This is a very important step.  If you don’t do this you will come back at the end of the day and discover raw meat.  That doesn’t work so well………..  You think I’m kidding, dinner that night was going to the grocery store and picking up frozen food.  Low for 8 hours, high for 4.


5.  Shortly before serving add in the sour cream and stir.



6.  Serve over hot egg noodles.


It earned 3 thumbs up when I asked their opinion, and the boys went back for seconds.  Nothing left at the end.  Total win.

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