Today I wanna share with you are our traditional russian recipe of New Year special salad - "Olivie".
"Olivie" salad was designed by a french cook who worked in Russia, his surname was Olivier.
Original recipe of "Olivie" included crayfish tails and different delicious products, which have been changed to more available and simple.
And now "Olivie" is one of most popular salads in Russia, and we are cooking this salad for one of our favorite holidays - New Year.
31th December in each russian family housewives cooking "Olivie", usually when we cooking, TV broadcasts the one of our popular films - "Irony of the Fate or Enjoy Your Bath" ("Ironia sud'bi ili S lyogkim parom").
This movie was filmed in 1975, and this is the story about doctor Eugene from Moscow, who washed in sauna and after that flown to St. Petersburg. In St. Petersburg he came to wrong house, this adress was the same as his Moscow adress, in that house he met Nadya, she was the school teacher, and in New Year her fiance Ippolit wanted propose her. And then, started the main actions between them...
And now I return to general theme of my post. "Olivie" salad.
For "Olivie" we need:
1. 6 boiled potatoes
2. 2 boiled carrots
3. 4 boiled eggs
4. Pickles (cucumbers) - 3 big or 6 little or 1 big fresh cucumber
5. Green peas (canned) - 1 can
6. Ham or boiled chicken, or boiled beef, in Russia so much people love sausage
7. Mayonaise souce
8. Onion (I like without it) or spring onion
1. Just slice all the products in this sequence. I do it in this way:
Pickles or cucumber
2. After that add the onion and green peas, and if you're want add the spring onion, do it in the finish steps
3. Just add the mayonaise souce and mix it all.
My tricks in cooking:
- For more simple cutting of the potatoes I use vegetable oil, I just apply it on my knife and slice potatoe, this trick make better glide of the knife and reduces stickiness of potatoe.
- For cutting of the eggs I use one simple trick: put egg on cup and put down the knife edge to the cup, just do the cutting moves and turn the knife again and again.
- For better saving of "Olivie" just don't add the mayonaise. Add this souce just before serving.
(In Russia we are don't used to to throw the products and 1st January we also eat "Olivie")