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A real taste of Russia on new gourmet tour


Pickled vegetables from Dageston on display at Sennoy Market. Picture: PA Photo/Lisa Jayne Harris
Pickled vegetables from Dageston on display at Sennoy Market. Picture: PA Photo/Lisa Jayne Harris

“When the recipe was born, the head of the family was quite old and he didn’t have any teeth,” says Oksana Gaevskaya, with a smile that reveals she does not suffer with a similar issue. “So he asked his chef to make a meal very soft, for him to be able to chew it.”

Gazing at a grand salmon-pink palace in Saint Petersburg, my petite guide is recounting a possible origin of the classic Russian dish, beef stroganov.

I am at the western end of Nevsky Prospect, the city’s vibrant main street, having…



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