Few people know that Russia is home to a large Greek population. The diaspora settled in the Caucuses after the Russo-Turkish wars in the late 18th century. In the city of Esentuki, home to Russia’s largest Greek community, Oscar bumps into a good friend – actor, director and Greek, Yanets – who invites the pair to a small family dinner party that evening.
Not wanting to show up emptyhanded, Oscar and Glen set off in search of some dishes to bring to their host’s table. They go to a local bakery, where they learn to make Greek bread on an industrial scale. Then, they rustle up some vegetables from a local farm, where Oscar even gets to drive an ancient tractor. With fresh ingredients in hand, the pair learns to prepare two of the region’s classic Greek dishes: Greek Salad à la Russe and Stolen Lamb.
In the evening, Oscar and Glen arrive at Yanets’s house proudly bearing their culinary creations. But are in for a shock when they see what the Greeks consider a “small family gathering.”
Will there be enough food to go around? Taste of Russia Episode 12.
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