Sunday, December 13, 2009


I should explain that visits to the babyhouse are not allowed on Sundays...hence, all this free time to amuse ourselves on the internet (plus, too cold to go out in the morning!)

I actually found a recipe on the internet. It looks really yummy...comfort food.

Kutya. Russian Christmas recipeThere are several very different recipes but this one is based on ingredients you can find in any grocery.

1 1/2 cup shelled wheat berries
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 teaspoon Ground cinnamon or to taste
3/4 cup sugar or to taste
3/4 cup cup golden raisins
2 tablespoon dark raisins
7 tablespoon blanched almonds

Rinse the wheat berries in a sieve under hot running water for about 3 minutes, or until the water runs clear.

Combine 4 1/2 c water and the salt in a heavy saucepan and bring it to a boil. Add the wheat berries and bring it back to a boil.

Reduce heat, skim any foam and simmer, uncovered, for 35 to 40 minutes or until the water is absorbed and the grains are tender.

Rinse the berries in a sieve under cold running water for about 1 minute, or until most of the starch is rinsed off.
Set aside; toast the flour and almonds in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon and shaking the pan occasionally, for about 5 minutes, or until the flour is golden and the almonds are lightly toasted.

Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, and add the cinnamon, sugar and golden raisins, and mix until well blended.

Mix in the wheat berries.

Taste and adjust the cinnamon and sugar.

Transfer to a serving bowl. If desired, garnish by arranging the dark raisins

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Jocelyn! I just sent you an email but when I saw your yummy bowl of Kutya, I just had to add a comment! It looks tres delish!! Also I must thank you so much for all of your research on the Christmas traditions there. I have been desparately waiting for my LOI to arrive so that I can travel to Kaz before December 25. Since it has been taking so long (over 3 weeks) I had started to get the adoption blues. However, thanks to your post about all these wonderful traditions, I am now feeling excited about the idea of arriving in time for New Year's Eve! It will be such an amazing way to start my adoption experience. Thank you again for providing this info. I have copied it to put on my blog page. I can't wait to try Kutya and I laughed to hear that the Christmas dinner is meatless because I am a vegetarian and have been having anxiety about what I will live on in such a strong meat loving culture! Now I know....Kutya!!