Russian Friday – Buckwheat Breakfast

When I was a kid each serving of buckwheat was paired with a motivational speech from my parents: “Tolstoy ate this every day, and he lived to be 100 years old!” What they were probably thinking was “Tolstoy ate this every day, and he lived to write ‘War and Peace’!”

Well, I don’t know about 100 years old or even 82 (which is more accurate); but their aspirations came true! Look at me! I’m a blogger who writes in simple English with a heavy Russian accent about once a month, and 200 people liked me on Facebook! Tolstoy in the making!Buckwheat_Breakfast_WM-6

So, parents, tell your children, that there is this Russian mom, who ate buckwheat.. Wait, actually, I’d stick with the Tolstoy story, because this grain is really good for them, and “War and Peace” is one of the best books ever written!

Russian Friday – Buckwheat Breakfast

From While Chasing Kids | Breakfast and Brunch | Russian

This is an excellent make-ahead breakfast. Start it in a rice maker before you go to bed, or refrigerate freshly cooked buckwheat in an air-tight container. All you need to do is spoon some in a bowl and pour milk over it in the morning.


Low cal Calories 97kcal

Low fat Total Fat 1g

sat-fat Free Saturated Fat 0g

chol Free Cholesterol 0mg

sodium Sodium 197mg

carbs Total Carbohydrate 20g

Serving size 108g Calories from fat 9kcal Fiber 3g Protein 4g Sugar 0g
6 servings


  • 1 cup buckwheat, uncooked
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Pick and rinse buckwheat. Place all ingredients in a rice maker and cook on a white rice setting.


  • Serve with cold or warm milk for breakfast


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  1. dianeskitchentable says:

    I like your blog just as you’re doing it so please don’t eat too much buckwheat & write a War & Peace II, just eat enough to live to be 100. My grandmother used to make buckwheat pancakes on the top of her wood stove for every meal but it was made with some sort of gooey starter that was passed along to everyone in a jar. Something magic about the goo because I’ve never had a buckwheat pancake quite like she made.
    You really got a great photo of that though & I’m guessing you don’t have to beg your kids to eat it.

  2. j sirotin says:

    I fell in love with this at the big Intourist hotel inYalta when my Russian husband took me there many years ago. Luckily my four kids love this too. I alsways make extra when we have it as a side with dinner and heat it up with the milk the next day for breakfast. Beautiful photos!

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