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How to eat CAVIAR

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Caviar is eaten with a spoon straight from the can.  A metal or silver spoon should not be used, because this can affect the taste.  Spoons made of horn, mother - of – pearl or even plastic, should the need arise, are more suitable 

The Russian Tsars used a golden ball the size of a cherry to examine the quality of Caviar.  The caviar only passed muster if the ball remained upon the surface, which would indicate that the caviar was firm.  Caviar is served at the finest tables in crystal bowls surrounded by a silver container for ice cubes.  However, it is not regarded as a breach of good manner to place a whole can of caviar whether it weighs one pound or one kilogram together with a block of ice on the table.  As regards side dishes, there is much indulgence where caviar is concerned.  Connoisseurs are as loath to eat chopped egg, as they are chopped eggs as they are chopped onion or slices of lemon.  Blini, wafer- thin buckwheat pancakes, white bread and butter or freshly cooked potatoes, billed in their skins, best accompany caviar.  The potatoes are then peeled before they are eaten.

 Caviar and potatoes cooked and eaten in this ways were for centuries the principal food of the fishermen of the Caspian Sea, who distinguished themselves through their exceptional longevity- evidence that cannot entirely be dismissed out of hand that caviar must be very healthy.  In fact it contains many vitamins, lecithin and trace elements and has enormous nutritional value.  It is very difficult for an unpracticed European to eat more than 100gms of caviar in one go, even if he can afford to pay for it. Blini with Caviar: Small Suns The usual reaction to tasting real Russian butter blini is one of amazement at the pleasant aroma, which is of a quite different kind to that of a normal pancake.  The main reason for this is that the dough is made with yeast.  Blini are eaten above all in Russia during the week before Lent.  This so called ``Week of butter’’ precedes the 40 days of fasting which culminate in Easter, and is the occasion of Maslenitza,  a merry festival at which  mainly blini are eaten.   `Blini are the symbol of the sun, beautiful days, rich harvests, happy marriages and healthy children,” wrote the Russian author Alexander J. Kuprin.  Blini represent the farewell to winter and the arrival of spring.  This accounts for the round shape of blini, which resembles that of a small Sun

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