Maslenitsa in 1878

If, by any chance, you were wondering what is Maslenitsa, I can tell you that it’s a holiday when people enjoy a lot of rich fatty foods. Guess what the main dish is? It’s a crepe. Big, round, thin, buttery, sweet or salty crepe.

Here is few facts about this holiday:

  • Maslenitsa is a Slavic holiday that people in Ukraine really enjoy, for not only for its delicious foods, but also because it commemorates the begging of Great Fast which goes all the way till Easter.
  • Maslenitsa is somewhat similar to Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. They both relate to the beginning of Great Fast, and involve consumption of rich fatty food. Yay.
  • Maslenitsa symbolizes the end of cold snowy winter and beginning of warm spring.
    • Maslenitsa has its roots in pagan traditions but was accepted by Orthodox ancestors as a way of saying Good-Bye to cold winter.
    • Some of the festivities are accompanied by the burning of a straw ladylike figure ‘winter’
  • Maslenitsa involves not only eating food, but also dancing, singing, and festival activities. But, honestly, it’s mostly about eating a lot of foods as crepes or varenuki bathing in the butter and sugar.
My younger sibling is ready eating crepes, Maslenitsa 2012

My younger sibling is ready to eat a bunch of crepes, Maslenitsa 2012

Russian Maslenitsa 2011

more  crepes, butter, cream, pastry, and other goodies :)

more crepes, butter, cream, pastry, and other goodies 🙂


CREPESing: Crepes, Blinu, or Russian Pancakes.


If you never had crepes in your life, you missed out. However, many who have tried crepes think of it as something extremely challenging to make at home. Why struggle at the kitchen if you can get them at your local grocery story in a deli department or simply go out for breakfast to IHOP.
Actually, there is a good reason for do it yourself. Obviously, it’s three times cheaper comparison to a breakfast entry at IHOP. When you are making your own crepes, you can chose to use organic eggs and milk, or even whole wheat flour.
I found this link on YouTube where narrator presents you step by step how to make crepes. You will be surprised by how easy it is to make delicious, melt-in-your-mouth crepes.

Don’t forget to use your favorite topping! Few tips for toppings: