The Sunday Times: Around the world in 20 dishes

The Sunday Times: Around the world in 20 dishes

RUSSIA
Vareniki

Maria Sharapova, tennis player
I spent my childhood years in my grandmother’s tiny kitchen, where the dining table was right at the tip of the stove. Of her dishes, my favourite is vareniki — sweet Russian cherry dumplings. She would pick the cherries from trees in the back yard, carefully rinsing and destoning them one by one. Making the dough was an art: she rolled it flat before carving out perfect circles using a glass. Making vareniki is a long, painstaking and sticky process, and one I have yet to undertake in my own kitchen. Sour cream is a must for a topping — no Russian refrigerator is without it. It’s what ketchup is to America.
Where to try it Shinok, Moscow (£5; shinok.ru).