Botvinia (Cold, Green Vegetable Soup With Fish)

Course : Fish
Serves: 8
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1 large cucumber -- peeled, halved, seeded, and diced
1 1/2 pounds spinach leaves fresh -- washed
6 tablespoons frsh lemon juice
1 1/2 pounds sorrel leaves -- fresh
3 tablespoons horseradish root -- fresh
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon sugar
1/2 pound crab meat
1 1/2 pounds poached sturgeon -- in 1 inch pieces OR
1 1/2 pounds poached whitefish in 1 inch pieces
1 cup scallions sliced
1/4 cup onion chopped
1 clove garlic minced
2 ounces vodka
1 1/2 quarts beer or -
1 1/2 quarts kvas (see attached recipe)

Preparation / Directions:

Boil 3 quarts of water in a large pan. When boiling briskly add the spinach and the sorrel. Cook uncovered at a brisk boil for 6-8 minutes. Drain water off, wash vegetables in cold water, then puree in blender. cool to room temperature. Combine the other ingredients in bowl, except for the beer and vodka. When mixed well slowly add the beer and the vodka stirring constantly. Chill for a minimum of 2 hours before serving. ORIGIN: Olga Gorechev, St. Petersburg, Russia

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