I can’t say for sure of course, but I’m willing to bet that when the moms of Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin visit their boys, the first thing they do is whip up a big pot of borscht. Same with Mrs. Ovechkin and Mrs. Datsyuk and Mrs. Malkin and the rest of the Russian mama brigade. I’ll just bet they do.
I’m not a big fan of this soup. It’s quite red and it smells like cabbage and beets. Probably because it has cabbage and beets in it.
Regardless, I’m giving you a gift today. Be smart like Markov, tough like Emelin, crafty like Datsyuk, explosive like Ovechkin and Malkin. You can be all of these, if you eat your borscht.
Here’s what you do, compliments of Luciena Kane.
Take a big pot and fill it three quarters full with water. Three quarters of a pot will keep you in borscht for days on end. You can take it to work with you.
Boil small pieces of beef in the pot until beef is tender.
Fry onions in a frying pan. As many as you want. Try not to let your tears drop into the pot.
Throw onions, grated beets and carrots, along with green peppers and tomato paste, into the boiling water. Don’t put your finger in the water when it’s boiling.
Add potatoes and cabbage to concoction.
Cook everything in the water until the potatoes are soft. Softer than Gomez, Bourque, and Kaberle.
Put in a bowl, top off with sour cream, salt, and parsley, and eat like crazy.
And while you’re doing that, I’m having a cheeseburger. I know I’m bad. A hundred million Russians can’t be wrong.