Before I get into our Sour Cream Salad, I have a story to tell about my Grandma’s cow. I do not know the whole story, but just before I was born friends of my grandparents gifted them a baby cow. My grandparents lived in the countryside just outside of Saint Petersburg, so they had private house and a little land, which gave them enough space to build a small stall.
With barely enough food to feed themselves, it was hard to imagine how they would maintain and care for the calf, but Grandma took good care of her. She walked her during the day, washed her, talked to her. They named her Martah, which means March in Russian and she quickly became a full and active member of the family.
Martah didn’t just exist. She fed the entire family and was a savior throughout the hard times. She always had enough milk, plus more for Grandma to sell. Grandma used to make kefir, butter, heavy cream, sour cream, cottage cheese and much more using Martah’s milk. Martah lived about 18 years. She was always a part of my life. I remember Grandma crying when it was time to let her go. Martah was there through the tough times and the good times. We are so thankful for her life.
It is important to be in tune with nature and to treat animals fairly and with respect! They are here for us and we must be there for them.
I’ll tell you this – there is nothing like rich, homemade sour cream, especially when your loving grandma’s hands made it from scratch.
In Russia we put sour cream on just about everything – borscht, boiled potatoes, pancakes, salads, and a ton of other dishes, including desserts. Living in a cold country requires high fat, nutritious foods so we don’t bother with lowfat milk products. Sour cream is quite healthy and easily digested even for those who are lactose intolerant because it is high in lactic acid. These enzymes aid in removing toxin-producing bacteria found in the gastrointestinal tract.
The good bacteria, probiotics, found in sour cream also helps lower “bad” cholesterol, which can contribute to many diseases, particularly heart disease. The high level of probiotics in sour cream boosts the immune system and is also a great source of calcium for those suffering from lactose intolerance because the lactose is already broken down.
Enjoy this delicious Sour Cream Salad.
- 1 sweet pepper
- 1 large tomato or handful of cherry tomatoes
- 3-5 radishes
- 1-2 scallions
- 2-3 tablespoons organic sour cream
- Sea salt, to taste
- Fresh ground pepper, to taste
- Cut vegetables and combine with sour cream.
- Serve and enjoy!
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