We are continuing our jorney in Russia with “Around The World In 12 Dishes“. If you think of Russia you can`t go without a Samovar ( A Tea Kettle) and Barankas (bread rolls, similar to bagels). I find samovars very exciting and neat. It is basically a heated metal container traditionally used to heat and boil water in and around Russia, but also in other Central, South-Eastern, Eastern European countries, and in the Middle-East. Since the heated water is usually used for making tea, many samovars have a ring-shaped attachment seated around the chimney to hold and heat a teapot filled with tea concentrate (brew). I remember my grandmother using a little teapot filled with tea concentrate (brew) made out of tea leaves.
So I printed out a picture of a samovar and we headed to our recycling bin to see what we could use to make a samovar. Choosing two yoghurt pots and one cottage cheese pot we glued them together as shown on the photo. We then covered it in yellow tissue paper. When it was dry I hot glued two handles (cut out from card board and painted with acrylic paints) and using scissors, pushed a hole onto the bottom part of the samovar. This is where we fed the drinking straw through to create a tap and valve handle. For the valve we used twisted pipe cleaner.
So here it is- our homemade toy samovar!
Having a nice cup of tea you need something to nibble on as well don`t you. And what could be better than baranki! If you wish to bake real ones, here is the recipe, but we chose to use salt dough.
We used 1 cup of fine salt, 1 cup of a flour and 1/2 cup of water.
In a large bowl we mixed the salt and flour, made a well in the salt/dough mixture and added some water, kneading it until it was smooth.
We baked/dried the baranks in the oven in a low temperature for about three hours. Then we let them cool down before we painted them.
It is common in Russia to feed the barankas on a string and use them as a decoration or put around the neck. I have no idea why they do it so if anybody knows, let me know too :)
So Pooh Bear invited his friends over for a nice cup of tea.
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