Almost from the very beginning, my visits to Samara have included a Sunday afternoon dinner at the home of my friend Olga Starostina. The menu always includes homemade pelmini and homemade blini with several choices of fillings. In the past, her mom slaved in the kitchen and her dad entertained us with his stories. But they are both gone now, and Olga carries on the tradition. She and I share the loss of our fathers since we parted last year…causing tears at our meeting, but also fond memories binding us even closer as friends.
So here are some pictures of Olya’s feast – the pelmini, the blini, the samovar, and friends having fun.