Cupid’s arrow is about to strike the hearts of lovers once again. Yet as every woman knows, cupid is secondary if you can keep your honey’s stomach satisfied. This year, skip the Valentine’s Day dinner date and go straight for a romantic breakfast with your amour. Treat your partner to a luxuriously tasty creation of Russian mini blini with black caviar and fresh red mimosas with retro “Sovetskoe” champagne.
A quick detour into “Sovetskoe Shampanskoe”. This semi-sweet bubbly is a sparkling wine native to Russia. It’s first incarnation was concocted by a Russian aristocrat named Lev Golitsyn. Originally named “Novyi Svet” (New Light) it quickly gained popularity among the Moscow elite of late 1800’s. And even won a blind taste test in a prestigious Parisian competition, earning it the coveted “Grand Prix de Champagne” prize in 1900
During Soviet times, “Sovetskoe” was a generic … and pretty much the only brand of sparkling wines, or “shampanskoe” (champagne) as it was better known.
To whip up mimosas with a Russian twist, combine fresh squeeze blood orange and pomegranate juice with “Sovetskoe”, for a red bubbly of love. Blood oranges are supercharged with antioxidants. And that distinctive red color is the result of higher levels of anthocyanins, a natural antioxidant, than in regular oranges.
Elusive and delicious, black caviar is superbly romantic! The tiny black roe eggs have been revered as a symbol of fertility for centuries. Many cite the myth of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love born from sea foam, as the source of caviar’s aphrodisiac powers. While some may believe that caviar can enhance romantic instincts, one thing is certain – eating it IS an exotic experience. The little gems burst on your tongue with subtle salty goodness, and melt away almost instantaneously. Paired with the nutty flavor of buckwheat blini, black caviar becomes an experience. Just a few spoonfuls will have your lover begging for more!Enjoy this traditional recipe for buckwheat mini blini!