We had a Russian food “beginners” menu to select from which offered us an introduction to Russian cuisine accompanied by a complementary shot of Russian vodka or liqueur.
Spirits were high and conversation lively (even if we did struggle with one or two of the Russian words) as people mixed with one another and compared the individual dishes we had all ordered.
Included in our Slavic feast were dishes both familiar, such as beef stroganoff, Russian salad and cheese blini, and completely new dishes like Golubsty, boiled cabbage leaf stuffed with rice and either vegetables or meat. Everyone commented on how exciting it was visiting a new restaurant with food and drink that they had never experienced before and with huge portion sizes everyone felt more than happy with what they received, in fact some were even unable to finish their Russian sized meals!!!
Ann said how much she enjoyed the variety of people and the conversations she had with members of the congregation she had not normally been able to speak with, whilst Philip marvelled at the technical ability of the Russian chefs.
All in all the meal was a great success and showed how adventurous our diverse congregation can be, as well as how many in the church are partial to a shot of vodka or two!