The Exotic Kasy Dish – A Worldly Dish To Warm The Heart
The word Katyshka comes from the ancient Russian poem by Vasili Pushkin. His story and the poem’s meaning are linked closely to contemporary life values including success not being something that occurs overnight. Life Lesson & Opportunity: As the initial vowel of the name is ‘A’, those called Katyshka have the unique life lesson of struggling with their views of themselves and the other people around them, while also the opportunity to experience living the life of a free man. The poem itself has been quoted countless times by Russian and international authors and is often printed on various websites dedicated to quotes and inspirational sayings. The world is full of opportunities, all it takes is to look for them and make the most of them.
A modern day’Katyshka’ still means ‘potato’. It may seem strange to call a potato a ‘life’. However, one need only look at the many successful entrepreneurs who have achieved great things and realise just how much more they could have done if they had not been cursed with infertility. The saying, “If it weren’t for my potatoes I wouldn’t be a very rich man” certainly applies to a lot of aspects in life.
The potato is cursed for its sponginess. When the ripe for picking is at its best, it takes on the appearance of a bubble-wrap filled with air. It’s at this time that one should swallow it with caution, lest it spur up a chain reaction and burst. In Russian folklore, if you smother a potato with leeks or onions it will grow big again. This means that by consuming large quantities of onions and leeks, one can cause their body to change shape and become bloated and appear live pornography. Therefore, it’s wise to eat them sparingly and try to prevent the ‘leeks’ from becoming too obvious.
The origin of this dish is unclear. Some say that it’s an amalgamation of several Eastern dishes such as ‘polish’ and ‘pizza’. Others suggest that it was invented in Georgia where a local told his friends that if he ate the last piece of mat before it was fried, he would die the next day. This tale has been recorded since the 11th century and came to be known as the Katyshka, which literally means ‘spit over your tongue’. Today the term Katya is commonly used instead of the original Kasy, meaning ‘to spit over your tongue’.
The great thing about eating a Kasy is that it’s easy to make and one can make as many as one wishes. One can use any recipe from around the world, combine ingredients of different countries and make a spectacular dish in no time. Alternatively, one can choose to purchase a ready-made Kasy which is available at many outlets, from supermarkets to online stores, and is also available in some high street stores.
Some Kasy are spiced, some are salty, but all are authentic. In fact, the saltiness of the cream filling could be an accompaniment to the sour cream, or it could be served plain. Spices can be bought ready-made at any supermarket, while the sour cream can be bought in bulk at an Indian store or on the internet. One of the best things about Kasy is that they are made in many different styles: some are topped with fried prawns, some with cashew nuts, others with coconut. An English friend of mine made her own Kasy which contained rice, dried tomatoes and cabbage and called it ‘Handsome.’