Well, whaddaya know...
So, Milwaukee Contingent
member quijote and his husband, informally known to the group as sancho panza, took a mini vacation down here among the Flatlanders the last couple of days. They had their own extraordinary dining experiences, which I will leave to quijote to describe should he so choose, then joined Mrs. Roadhouse, abe_froeman, Mr. Maki, and myself for dinner this evening.
After a gut busting Middle Eastern meal at the Pita Inn
location in Niles, we worked our way north up Milwaukee Road to the Farm Fresh
grocer in Wheeling for Gelato. After indulging in Gelato and three slices of cake (Flourless Dark Chocolate, Drunken Cherry, and Champagne Truffle) purchased in the store's bakery by abe_foeman, we wandered the store to see what international delights it held.
The first big find was a tub of fresh Kajmak (Kye'-mack) which, in spite of the area's high population of Eastern Europeans, is tough to find around here. For those unfamiliar, Kajmak is an Eastern European bread spread, best described (and simplified) as a combination of cream cheese and butter. It's commonly served alongside Ajvar (Eye'-var), another regional spread made of roasted red peppers, with a basket of crusty bread.
Further wanderings took us to the reason you're (I hope) reading this entry: An entire freezer case full of Pel'Meni. Two days ago, I'd never even heard of this Russian dumpling, despite growing up in a family that came from the area, and even spending close to a month in the old Soviet Union back in the late '70's, eating the local food. Now, here I am faced with at least four different brands, offering close to a half dozen varieties between them. Beef, Pork, Veal, Chicken, (Oddly though, nothing with potato in it) and any number of combinations of them, all bagged up and ready to go into my cart. I settled on the Beef & Pork combo.
The packages call them "Russian Ravioli", I suppose to make them more familiar to the uninitiated. They don't especially look like ravioli in the picture linked in Pancho's first post, but as I sit here gazing at them, frozen in the bag, I suppose that's the best way to describe them.
Next step: Pick up some curry powder, cilantro and sour cream (hmm...I wonder how they'd taste with Kajmak?) and figure out the "Sriracha mixture" Pancho is referring to. After that, it's Pel'Meni Party Time!
Thanks Pancho for the Pel'Meni tip!
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