Hello Autumn

Hello autumn! I missed you.

-What are you knitting?- Daniel asked

-I want to knit a sweater, – I answered

-Why do you need a sweater now? After all, the day after tomorrow summer-perplexed (however, as usual)  my husband

-Well, it‘s cold in the library in the summer because of the AC, so I’m preparing for the summer, – I

I lied. In fact, I start to miss autumn in the spring.

I don’t get along with summer. It’s true. Since childhood.

But autumn is my love forever. Since childhood. Even in America.

Autumn is the time of draniki, foggy mornings, drizzling rains, multicolored leaf fall, the time of knitting sweaters and blankets. If I lived in Russia, I would add-it’s time to pick mushrooms, make Rowan compote and sea buckthorn jelly.

I don’t live in Russia. But Russian autumn traditions live in me.

I made draniki today (read Latkes). 

Did you know that the most delicious draniki are straight from the frying pan? You eat them while standing near the stove and frying the rest of them. And necessarily with sour cream. And often -with hot tea. 

  • 1 ½ lbs (5 medium) potatoes
  • 1 medium onion, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt to taste
  • ⅛ tsp black pepper to taste
  • Cooking oil
  • Into a large bowl, grate potatoes on a star grater.
  • Grate onion into the dame bowl. The onion will keep potatoes from browning.
  • Add egg, flour, salt, pepper. Stir well. 
  • Heat a pan (or non-stick skillet) over medium heat and add 2-3 tbsp oil. Once oil is hot, add 1 tbsp of the mixture at a time into the skillet, flattening it out. Fry until potatoes are golden brown, then flip and continue frying until golden brown and cooked through. Repeat with remaining batter, adding more oil as needed. 
  • Remove to a paper-towel lined plate and serve warm with sour cream.

I’d eaten draniki . All of them. Only the smell remained. It spread all over the house and hid in the corners.

But even this smell will not last long. By tomorrow morning, everything will have cleared through the still-open windows.

This means that tomorrow I can think of another Russian autumn tradition.

What are your autumn customs?

Author: Elena

Hi, My name is Elena. I am Russian living in the US. My blog is about my life and experience. This is my new hobby. So, please, don't be too hard on me. Thanks

4 thoughts on “Hello Autumn”

  1. I love draniki! The best draniki I’ve ever was in Belarus (it’s a potato land there). I also love autumn, love colourful leaves and fresh mornings but end of autumn becomes really dark, cold and even depressing, especially in Canada! So I really like that period between mid of September until end of October.

  2. What wonderful writing, your blog is! I truly enjoy it . Thank you for the reminder about your draniki. I still have all your recipes from our library days!
    Miss those times…but, they will return 🙏

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