Borscht with Potatoes

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The Potato Year: 300 Classic Recipes

The Potato Year

By Lucy Madden

Published 2015

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Fidel Castro, speaking of the economic situation on May Day 1992, talked about ‘The Battle of the Potato’. Potatoes have sustained hungry people for generations. Serve this Russian soup with a spoonful of sour cream dusted with a little paprika.


  • 8 oz (225 g) potatoes, cleaned
  • pints (just under a litre) vegetable stock
  • 2 x 14 oz (400 g) tins tomato juice
  • 1 onion
  • 6 oz (175 g) carrots
  • 8 oz (225 g) uncooked beetroot
  • 6 oz (175 g) shredded cabbage
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


Bring the stock and the tomato juice to the boil and add the vegetables shredded into julienne strips, together with the seasoning. Cook for about 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

Add the lemon juice just before you serve.

‘The laying of the skin of a potato on May the first at a maiden’s door is an expression of contempt for her.’

From Flore populaire by Eugène Rolland.

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