Russians are often funny in that we realize our own shortcomings, but still take pride in a lot of what makes life difficult for us. There is always comfort in knowing you did not bend, and to a Russian, ‘not bending’ is both kryptonite and a source of strength.
Born in the years immediately following World War II, the boys and girls who resulted from relationships between Austrian women and Soviet soldiers were called “children of the enemy” and “children of the occupation.” Today, however, they consider themselves “children of the liberation,” and are eager to discover their Russian roots.
In Imperial times, Beef Stroganoff was created for the nobility, specifically for Count Pavel Stroganoff. Then in Soviet times, the meal was popularized and served in cafeterias throughout the country. Today, you can make it yourself with a modern French touch!