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Запечённая курица с картофелем, луком и паприкой (Braised Chicken With Potatoes, Peppers And Onions)

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Запечённая курица с картофелем, луком и паприкой (Braised Chicken With Potatoes, Peppers And Onions)

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A few days ago I invited my cleaning lady to join me for lunch, since I just finished preparing lunch and had plenty to spare. When she saw the casserole, she happily proclaimed that this dish looked exactly like her families favorite chicken dish, which she remembers fondly from her childhood when her mother prepared it back at her country of origin, the former Soviet Union.
I then remembered that I had the same dish a few times during the 70´s when I visited the Soviet Union often, namely the cities of Leningrad (Saint Petersburg), Yalta, Odessa, Moscow and a few others. During that time, there were many  “speakeasy”, restaurants, which were actually not official businesses, but clandestine operations were one would ring a bell at what looked like a regular residence, somebody opened the door just a crack and you asked if there was food available. The door person/proprietor then told you what was available that evening.
Mostly, the menu consisted of either poultry or fish, since that was usually the only protein available for ordinary folks (sometimes !!! available I should say).
Furthermore, there was lots of root vegetables and other produce, eggs, sturdy fruits, and other fresh products that can be produced on farms and/or small back yards. Usually, the door person/proprietor just said “Poultry” or “Fish”, since only one of these proteins featured on any given day.
And, as mentioned earlier, chicken or fish prepared like the dish featured on this page today showed up a few times over the years – protein, veggies and potatoes, slowly braised in a casserole until tender and all the flavors had combined into a simple but heavenly dish.
The drinks of choice were always Vodka and /or Krim Sekt, drunk from heavy, tall glasses. The vodka was ordered by the ounce, for about $ 1 per ounce, the Sekt (sparkling wine) by the bottle, for about $ 2.50 per bottle. We usually sold one pair of used blue jeans for $100.00 on the black market (very dangerous at the time), so money was no object during our stay´s. (The other bargain was one pair of jeans for a 250 gr can of the best quality Russian caviar (or $ 35.00 cash), whatever was more easy)
Dealing on the Black Market was very dangerous, so sometimes we went the easier way and jut traded one-way by buying on the Black Market with $.
Anyway, here it goes,  “Запечённая курица с картофелем, луком и паприкой”  (Braised Chicken With Potatoes, Peppers And Onions)
(The Russian name for the dish was provided by Anna, so I assume its the correct spelling 🙂
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Запечённая курица с картофелем, луком и паприкой (Braised Chicken With Potatoes, Peppers And Onions)

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Запечённая курица с картофелем, луком и паприкой (Braised Chicken With Potatoes, Peppers And Onions)

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Запечённая курица с картофелем, луком и паприкой (Braised Chicken With Potatoes, Peppers And Onions)

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Запечённая курица с картофелем, луком и паприкой (Braised Chicken With Potatoes, Peppers And Onions)

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Запечённая курица с картофелем, луком и паприкой (Braised Chicken With Potatoes, Peppers And Onions)

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Запечённая курица с картофелем, луком и паприкой (Braised Chicken With Potatoes, Peppers And Onions)

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“Eggs And Potato” (Baked Potato And Caviar)

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Ok  friends, here is my opinion about “Caviar with all the trimmings” : It sucks !
In my humble opinion, only folks who don’t love caviar water down the pleasure of eating it by adding a mountain of other “stuff” to stretch it (lots of chopped onions, chopped eggs, sour cream, chopped chives, capers, lots of toast or other bread, mountains of blinis, etc.
I understand that it is not everybody’s kick to pay a few hundred $ for an ounce of caviar. But to stretch it with condiments means to just water down the pure pleasure, so you actually get less bang for your money. (Think of the best cognac you can lay your hands on – then stretching it with ice and water – Brrrrr 😦
All you should add to your caviar (in my own, humble opinion) to enjoy it to the fullest, is a bit of good, buttered bread, a tiny bliny or a bit of potato and top it with a generous amount of caviar. One ounce – two bites maximum WITH the bread or potato. Or, if you want to enjoy the caviar to the max – eat it neat, sit back, enjoy !  Life is good ! (I used one small potato and 4 oz of caviar for this dish – what the heck, I’ll only be 62 once)
As usual, use the best caviar you can afford – quality over quantity !
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I am probably a bit spoiled with my taste for caviar because back in the mid- and late seventies I spend a lot of time in Russia.
During that time we were able to exchange one pair of used jeans on the black market for one kilo of the best caviar. We ate the stuff on buttered bread like other folk eat marmalade on bread – good sourdough bread with unsalted butter, piled high with caviar, probably 6 to 8 ounces per sandwich 🙂
Imagine to be able to do this nowadays, my oh my…………
Some of my friends who were with me during those trips and who read this post –
Yalta, Odessa, Leningrad, Sochi…….Aaahhhhhh, the good old day’s !
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Eggs And Potato (Caviar And Baked Potato)

Eggs And Potato (Caviar And Baked Potato)

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Eggs And Potato (Caviar And Baked Potato)

Eggs And Potato (Caviar And Baked Potato)

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Eggs And Potato (Caviar And Baked Potato)

Eggs And Potato (Caviar And Baked Potato)

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