Thin Russian pancakes (blini), fisticuffs, and the burning of Winter in effigy, all under the auspices of a Russian “celebration” known as “Maslenitsa”. What could possibly go wrong?
That’s right. Your glucose levels. According to Harvard University, “when people eat a food containing carbohydrates, the digestive system breaks down the digestible ones into sugar, which enters the blood.” Don’t even get me started with what happens after that, but it isn’t pretty.
That’s why although you could end up being drawn into a celebratory “wall battle” so adequately depicted in this scene of the “Siberian Barber”, later on that evening Type 2 diabetes begins to set in. If you know what I mean.
The problem with these wafer thin blini is that they are fantastic. Not only are they sweet and succulent, but you can stuff them with jams, sweetened condensed milk, caviar, honey, well, you are only limited by your own imagination.
Certainly the blini look innocent enough on their own, but here’s the problem:
That’s right. When it comes to Blini and Maslenitsa, once you pop, you just can’t stop.
This humble blogger took it upon himself to explain Maslenitsa to the world for a TV special. It’s probably worth mentioning that the ice floe picnic at the end of this video is not a traditional part of Maslenitsa. Instead, it is a cautionary tale of how fantastic life can be in Russia.
Maslenitsa is maybe reason #476 why I love living in Russia. It feels super random, especially to a newcomer to the Motherland, with the effigy burning ritual and fisticuffs. But particularly if you are new to Russia, be sure to not miss out on the festivities.
Find out where the Maslenitsa festivities are in your particular Russian city and go out and join in on the fun. You will be sometimes confused but not at all disappointed.
But if you are wanting to keep this weekend low-carb, join in on the fistfight, but don’t even go near the blini vendor.
Because once you pop, you just can’t stop.