Meet the Contestant
Alexandra and her family are originally from Russia. Her aunt had moved to Ireland in the 80’s from Russia and really liked it here, and finally in 1997 the rest of the family moved over including her grandparents as well as they didn’t want to be left alone. Alexandra is a qualified truck driver and lives with her grandparents next door to her parents and her younger sister in Blanchardstown in Dublin.
They are proud of their Russian heritage so Alexandra and her mother cook up a number of Russian dishes for Catherine to taste to give her an idea about Russian food and chat about life in Russia compared to Dublin, they also chat about Anna, the food she misses which surprisingly it’s not Russian food it’s Irish Seafood Chowder she craves.
- Pork mince and spices filled Dumplings.
- Egg & Veg Russian salad, called Olivier and it’s wrapped in salad leaves instead of in a bowl.
- Tomatoe halves with a cheese and garlic mixture on top.
- Quarter triangle slices of bread with butter red caviar and parsley on top.
- A small bowl of traditional pickled tomatoes and cucumbers with dill.
Alexandra’s older sister Anna has been living in Playa del Carmen, Mexico for the last 3 years and has only been home once during that time, she lives there with her partner Gabriel. Anna moved to Mexico because, once she qualified from college, there were very little job opportunities available to her and having a love for scuba diving as well, Mexico was her ideal location. She later qualified as a scuba diving instructor there.
On Tastes Like Home Catherine Fulvio meets Alexandra & her family, who moved to Ireland in the 90’s from Russia, we taste traditional Russian dishes, before heading to visit Alexandra’s sister Anna who lives in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Catherine heads into the jungle to meet & cook with a traditional Mayan family, tries her hand at Zip-lining and visits a Cenotes. In Playa del Carmen we attend a Tequila tasting and taste Tamales, Ceviche plus five star Mexican cuisine.
Tequila Tating Promo
Tequila Tasting Promo