Re: [sig] Kvas? Kvass?
- On Jan 6, 2010, at 3:51 PM, Patoodle@... wrote:
>When I was at the seminary, some of the more...um... adventurous
> I was wondering if anybody here has ever made kvas (sometimes
> spelled kvass)?
bretheren from Ukraine and Holy Mother Russia were making kvas in
their dorm rooms. It was SPECTACULAR.
There are several brands (a favorite is Monasterskaya) of bottled and
mass-produced "soft drink-ized" kvas that can be brought from Russian
delicatessans and grocery stores (like the one near where I lived in
Herndon). It's pretty good, but it really is a straight softdrink, not
the real hard stuff.
I really should break down and make my own.
- The Honorable Company of Fermenters and Brewers of Barony of Concordia of the Snows brewed a batch of kvass using one of the recipes from the Carolingian site that used dry rye bread. It turned out well. It was refreshing, but not something that I would drink on a regular basis.
Pan Mikulaj von Meissen
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Patoodle@... wrote:
> I was wondering if anybody here has ever made kvas (sometimes spelled kvass)?
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kvass if you don't know what I'm talking about here. (It's called "gira" in Lithuanian.)
> I tried once last summer, using a recipe from a "traditional Lithuanian cookbook" without historical documentation, and then I left it in the fridge too long without getting around to tasting it, so that it spoiled and became disgusting. I have a loaf of Ukrainian rye bread that I haven't gotten around to eating, so I was thinking of making a second batch for the "Anything Slavic" A&S competition in a neighboring barony on January 16th.
> Any tips or tricks I should know about? I guess I need to sterilize the bottles better....
> Also, has anybody found concrete documentation that kvas existed in period? I found this page (http://jducoeur.org/carolingia/orlando_kvass.html) on the Web site of somebody from Carolingia in the East Kingdom; the author pointed out a 16th-century recipe from a book called "The Domostroi," which is apparently in my local university library (which may be operating on reduced hours because of winter break).
> Is there any other documentation out there, and has anyone tried the recipes on that Carolingian page?
> Finally, I made a post on my Baltic blog -- http://ladypatriciaoftrakai.blogspot.com/2009/12/baltic-style-provisioning.html -- about some places that sell Eastern European foodstuffs in Massachusetts and Maryland. Sadly, I didn't get to my hometown market because of a brief but intense snowfall, but I went to the Russian Gourmet store in Maryland and bought a bottle of (non-alcoholic) kvas so that I would have *some* idea of what it's supposed to taste like. (Don't worry, I will NOT pass the commercial stuff off as my own; I have a few ethics!) In the meantime, if you know of good places to get Baltic/Slavic food and drink, please feel free to comment on the blog entry.
> Aciu (Thank you) in advance!
> Lady Patricia of Trakai
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