Meatless Surprise Wrapped in Mystery

Repeating this post in response to today’s prompt HIDDEN.


Churchill described Russia’s actions as “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.”


Almost fifty years before the brilliant British statesman issued his famous phrase, a Russian artist Sergei Malyutin had a similar idea. Tzar Nicholas II, who ascended the Russian throne in 1894, promoted Russian culture, arts, and crafts. Granted, in a way it was an attempt to dissuade public resentment of his German wife. However, the Tzar himself had a hobby to which he would dedicate most of his time and attention – woodcarving. The monarch’s hobby inspired so-called “Russian style” in arts, specifically focused on the old-fashioned village children’s toys.  The royal family sponsored a workshop called “Children’s Nurturing” which created dolls dressed in regional Russian national costumes. It is in this workshop that Malyutin conceived the idea of a nestling doll that took the world by a storm and became a symbol and epitome of…

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  1. kelleysdiy says:

    Love your post honey! You’re the bestest cook!!

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    1. Thank you, darling, but wait till you actually taste it – so far you are only reading and looking at pictures! How do you know it’s really good?

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      1. kelleysdiy says:

        I can tell by the ingredients and the pics!And I have faith in you!

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      2. Faith is such a big word! But yesterday’s experiment did come out fine

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  2. kelleysdiy says:

    With the biggest heart!

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  3. Thank you very much! Not only your recipes, also your stories are fantastic. Have a great weekend. 😉 Michael

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    1. Thank you so much, Michael, you too have a fantastic weekend!


  4. Laraib says:

    I want to eat something that you make 🙈 I love your posts 😋

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    1. Thank you so much, dear, I wish I could send it to you! 😸

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      1. Laraib says:

        Awww. So sweet of you 🙈🙈🙈😊😘😘😘😘

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    1. Thank you so much, dear; I am so glad you like it!

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  5. hello koolkosherkitchen its dennis the vizsla dog hay if yoo do not need the meet for the meetless serprize i wil be happy to tayk said meet off yore hands!!! ok bye

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    1. Hey friend Dennis, I am happy to give it to you!


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