Novosibirsk borsht is everything I ever wanted in life

Elizabeth Rust
The recipe swap
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3 min readMay 18, 2021

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Russian food is so good!

I’m not sure why I assumed differently. I love the dumplings, caviar, smoked fish .. and now the borsht.

Small disclaimer, my husband works for a Russian company and has been to Russia more than 30 times. He’s always raved about the food, exclaiming that in Moscow he’s had some of the best meals of his life — that is outside his own home in London.

Since I’ve never been able to travel with him, I’ve had very little introduction to it, bar the tinned caviar he brings back with him that I lather on crackers while sipping a vodka martini. That’s why I was so thrilled when Ksenia from Novosibirsk sent me a recipe for traditional Russian borsht.

Novosibirsk is pretty much the capital of Siberia. It’s a new city, and according to my husband, is very well thought out with straight streets and manicured parks. Ksenia loves walking in the woods surrounding the city.

Ksenia sent me a very well thought out recipe for borsht, that actually works and it’s utterly delicious. Borsht is similar to a French beef bourguignon, but with a beautifully rich burgundy color and the subtle earthy flavor from the beets. I love that all the vegetable still have a little bite, and even after heating up didn’t turn to mush.

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Elizabeth Rust
The recipe swap

Send me your recipes. I’ll do my best to create them to feed my hungry family