For today’s venture into the world of food that starts with the letter z, we are travelling both to Russia and back to one of the first books I  ever featured on this blog – the totally bonkers Food For Lovers by Kellly Brodsky.

 The Zakusi were the perfect option as I have been waiting for an opportunity to use a gorgeous deviled egg dish given to me by my gorgeous friend Ali! 

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How adorable is this? But you know what’s really weird?  Sometimes I look at this photo and the eggs are concave (as they should be) and sometimes they look convex…

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But first, let’s talk about Food For Lovers. You can get the whole crazy by clicking the link above.  But for a tiny dose, read on.

The Zakusi recipe comes from the Freddy Finikin chapter.  The what you ask?  

Well, each chapter in Food For Lovers is named for a specific type of potential suitor – and provides the dishes to woo them – the way to a man’s heart being through his stomach and all…

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Here is part of the description of the Freddy Finikin:

Picky eaters make lousy lovers, so they say, and perhaps abstinence from gastronomic delights goes naturally hand in hand with lack of enthusiasm for amorous pursuits…The woman who falls for such a man is either unaware of his finickiness, or trapped,  or mad, or maybe she prefers to read in bed.

Brodsky then goes on to suggest that food to tempt a Freddy might include:

“Erotic cookery, the subtle use of aphrodisiacal dishes….eggs, caviar and roe”

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And in specific relation to the Zakusi 

“If his romantic inclinations are antiseptically bleak, stuff him with some potent Russian caviar, and before you know it he will be flinging himself into some exciting Cossack high kicks on the kitchen table, and perhaps in the boudoir”

So, if you want your fussy eater cavorting like this guy in the bedroom (and who wouldn’t?) then Zakusi is for you! And him. 

The original recipe reads like this:

“Take as many boiled eggs as you like, cut in half lengthwise and remove the yolks. Now fill the whites liberally with Russian caviar, sprinkled with lemon juice.  Arrange eggs on your brightest platter and decorate with a little bit of chopped dill, white onion and chopped tomato.  Top with a dab of mayonnaise, a sprinkle of egg yolk an paprika.   Now bring on lashings of chilled vodka in those crazy little glasses and lots of richly buttered black bread.

Well, we’re not doing that because do you have any idea how much Russian caviar costs?  

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But we’re going to take the elements and make something equally delish!

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A delicious version of a classic Russian hors doeuvre
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Ingredients
  1. 5 large eggs, boiled
  2. 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  3. 1/2 chopped tomato
  4. 1/4 finely chopped red onion
  5. 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  6. 2 tsp chopped dill
  7. 3 tsp salmon roe
  8. Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Halve the eggs legnthwise and carefully scoop out the yolks.
  2. Place in a bowl with the mayo, tomato, onion, paprika and half of the dill.
  3. Season to taste.
  4. Scoop this mixture back into the egg whites.
  5. Top with salmon roe and the remaining dill.
  6. For an authentic Russian feel, serve with vodka and black bread!
  7. хороший аппетит*
  8. *Enoy your meal in Russian
Adapted from Food For Friends by Kelly Brodsky (1973)
Adapted from Food For Friends by Kelly Brodsky (1973)
Retro Food For Modern Times http://www.retrofoodformoderntimes.com/
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So tell me?  Do you see the egg holes on that dish as concave or convex?

And what’s your favourite food starting with a Z?

Have a great week!  

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2 Comments on All The Z’s – Part 2 – Zakusi, My Way

  1. First, the egg holes keep switching convex/concave…it’s screwing with with my eyes! Secondly, having the perfect vintage table cloth to match your egg platter? Priceless! Thirdly, your eggs are gorgeous! Looking like a grandmothers antique broach, covered in gems and jewels (and with Russian Caviar being advertised by Amazon at the bottom of the page for $145/ounce…maybe even more precious than grandma’s costume jewelry)! They look delicious!