Last night was a special food night in Leeming; Russian blini are foods that I associate with cold evenings in winter and since we are in the midst of our winter last night seemed te right night to have a blini meal.
For those folks that have not discovered the delights of Russian cuisine and blini in particular they are a mixture of buck wheat and regular flour, served singularly, not in a stack like American pancakes. The individual blin is spread with room-temperature sour cream and on the cream is spread in whatever combination pleases you: chopped red salmon, green onion tops cut into rounds, chopped chives, chopped hard-boiled eggs if you like, caviar if you like, Baltic Sprats if available, chopped sardines, fried mushrooms or any combination of the above that takes your fancy.
I believe Diane and I had four cakes apiece accompanied by some shots of ice cold Polish vodka that had been in the freezer since an earlier meal. I think that blini are one of the great meals of world cuisine and if you are lucky enough to find a Russian restaurant that serves them then by all means try them. I have been looking for the last forty years and have failed so if I want blini I must make them myself.
It is not a hard meal: it just takes time to assemble all the toppings.