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Kulebyaka

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In  the 19th century this pie was an indecent rich pastry with 12 layers of filling: meat, fish, mushrooms, roosters, eggs, game and in between buckwheat pancakes, described aptly by Anton Chekhov: ‘the Kulebyaka.. must lie there before you, naked, shameless, a temptation … the butter drips from it like tears’ (The Siren). Elena Molokhovets kept it more frugal in her famous cookbook A gift to Young House wives (1861). After having heard about the book of his contemporary the same Chekhov seems to have made fun of Helena’s soberness. But here you can taste how right she was in leaving out the meat and most of the tears.