A trip to Lituanica, the Lithuanian supermarket on the High Street this week led to lunch… usually we only stay for a coffee and one of their amazing curd doughnuts. Today I decided to try Cepelinai, the Lithuanian dumplings named after the Zeppelin. They may resemble the airship’s oval shape but they’re certainly not light enough to fly away!
These boiled Lithuanian national specialities are slightly sticky, giant potato dumplings stuffed with minced meat. They are traditionally served with Smetana sour cream and topped with fried bacon – a half portion was about £3.
Lituanica also has a daily soup for £1.90 – on our visit it was Borscht. If you’re imagining a light vegetable soup you might be disturbed by the big hunks of smoked pork! This rich beetroot soup, full of onions and spiced with juniper berries, was also served with a dollop of thick sour cream and dark, sweet rye bread.
Lituanica is a great deli and Eastern European grocery shop. They stock a great range of bread, charcuterie meats, marinated fish, frozen pierogi, fruit tea and grains.