Catherine the Great Needs a Diet (The Tsar Blini)

With help of Catherine the Great, let me make my humble contribution to the International Pancake Day. Enjoy, Beuatiful People!

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A petite, slender girl with a tomboy personality, little Sophie was growing up in a highly aristocratic, but dirt poor family. Parents largely neglected her while grooming her brothers to become royalty (both brothers became Kings of Sweden, one after another). Her life changed overnight, when two powerful monarchs and a French adventurer cast a net throughout Europe, choosing a bride for the heir to the Russian throne. Count Jean Armand de L’Estocq kept getting in trouble and ending up in jail for having “affairs d’amour” (love affairs) with unavailable ladies, so to speak. Fortunately, he had friends in very high places. Madame de Bourbon, daughter of Louis XIV of France and marquise de Montespan, a powerful and intimate friend, pulled him out of French jail and got him a position of a court physician in Russia. Wouldn’t you know, he promptly got into the same hot water and again ended up…

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  1. Dear Dolly, this is amazing. I LOVE the soap opera story, all the twists and turns, and the recipe looks amazing too. A most entertaining and informative post!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Dorothy! As unbelievable as it is, the story is true.

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      1. Those were the times, with rules larger than life!

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  2. It’s hard to believe we’re heading into the Lenten season. 🙏🏻🍃

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    1. It’s hard to believe in two weeks it will be a year since the official outbreak of Covid!

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      1. No one expected it to last this long. 🤔

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      2. True, and I don’t see the end yet…

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  3. Rohvannyn says:

    Another fantastic and fun history lesson! I think I will make a blini inspired recipe tomorrow – with some spelt flour, nonfat Greek yogurt (likely thinned out with some whey), an egg (I don’t have any chickpeas that need draining at the moment) and some stevia for sweetener. Oh and a little baking powder to make them fluffy. I think I’ll have them with some homemade marmalade! Thanks for the idea to play with!

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    1. Thank you so much for a lovely comment and a delicious variation on the royal recipe, dear Rohvannyn!

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  4. GP says:

    Catherine isn’t the only one that needs a diet. I’ve been dieting for a month and yesterday at the doctor’s I found out I gained a pound!!

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    1. Did you go to the doctor before or after breakfast? Plus/minus 5 lbs doesn’t even count; it flactuates!

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      1. GP says:

        Thanks – I went before.

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      2. Then consider it an aftereffect of dinner the night before.

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  5. Lulu: “Ooooh … I’m not going to tell her. Make someone else do it!”

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    1. Better not, dear Lulu! Not a very kind lady she!
      Meows and Purrs from The Cat Gang.

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  6. Your stories to all the wonderful recipes are so fantastic, Dolly! I think as one of your students i would never miss any lesson. :-)) Will head over to read the linked posting in full, and wish you a beautiful weekend! Michael

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Michael! It is actually true – my students rarely miss classes, even though I am teaching online now, and every class session is recorded, so they can watch it at their convenience. But my classes involve student participation, so they don’t want to miss all the fun.
      Have a great weekend, Michael!

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