Silver Travel Cook Club - August 2020

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Silver Travel Cook ClubEmerald WaterwaysThis month’s Silver Travel Cook Club features a recipe for Syrniki, inspired by sponsor Emerald Waterways' Imperial Charms of Russia holiday, travelling by water from St Petersburg to Moscow.

And you could win an Emerald Waterways goody bag and a copy of The Russian Heritage Cookbook by Lynn Visson.

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This 11-day itinerary sails from the World Heritage-listed city of St. Petersburg to Russia’s mighty capital, Moscow, taking in towns and villages such as Mandrogi, Kizhi and Uglich along the way. Enjoy carefully planned excursions that highlight the traditions of ancient folk communities, and also ensure you see the many highlights of the big cities. 

Enjoy generous inclusions such as return flights from London Heathrow, transfers to and from your ship, and all on-board meals with selected drinks with lunch and dinner. You can also take advantage of an array of included excursions, conducted in small groups, and complimentary on-board Wi-Fi.

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Recipe: Syrniki

These sweet, cheesy traditional Russian pancakes are soft on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside. They are especially delicious when topped with blueberry syrup and sour cream, but are also good with maple syrup, whipped cream or butter.


  • 16 oz of crumbly goat's chese (or ricotta)
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 90g plain flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 30g light vegetable oil


Syrniki - traditional Russian cheesy pancakesBreak up the cheese and crumble into a large bowl.

Whisk in the two eggs and vanilla extract.

Add in 60g of the flour, sugar, salt and baking soda. The batter will be thick and more like a dough batter than a normal pancake batter. Put the remaining 30g of flour in a shallow dish.

Scoop out the balls of dough. Please each dough ball into the shallow dish and coat with flour on both sides, before flattening with a spatula.

Heat the oil on medium-low heat in a cast iron pan. Once hot, place the pancakes in the oil. Fry on both sides for 3 minutes each side, or until golden brown.

Serve immediately with your favourite topping.

Emerald Waterways goodie bagWin Emerald Waterways goody bag and a copy of The Russian Heritage CookbookHow to win an Emerald Waterways goody bag and a copy of The Russian Heritage Cookbook

Pancakes are also a great British favourite, one of those dishes that ought to be simple to make, and yet which is also very easy to get wrong!

Tell us about your most memorable culinary mishap, and the best entry will win a copy of The Russian Heritage Cookbook.

Read more about all of our Silver Travel Cook Club recipes.


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  • Hardyplant
    4 days ago
    I've had so many culinary mishaps during my 74 years that I've pushed them to the far recesses or my memory - and hope those who had to eat them have too!