Midsummer/ St. John's Day

By: Courtney Woodford

Russian Celebration ~

Midsummer or also known as St. John's Day. It takes place in the middle of summer around June 21, 24, or the 25 or on a date close to the summer solstice on June 20-23. It marks the ancient middle of summer, astronomical St. John the baptist. They have festivals, bonfires, feasting, singing, and also maypole dancing.

Maypole dancing is a pole and during the festival or something they would dance around the pole.


~ Sea Trout

Lemon, salt and pepper and masses of dill, cooked en papillote. With that we had new potatoes with chives

~ Salad with orange blossom dressing

It needs to be served up quickly, otherwise the watermelon will give over its liquid to the bottom of the salad bowl and dilute the sunny dressing that goes with the salad.

Serves 5-6
½ medium watermelon
½ cucumber, sliced into circles

750g broad beans, unshelled and blanched
200g feta cheese

For the dressing
1 tbsp orange blossom water
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
3 tbsp olive oil
Salt and black pepper

1 Cut the watermelon in half and chop the flesh into cubes. (This is optional- extracting the seeds, finding their gentle crunch a welcome contrast to the sweet yielding flesh.)

2 Arrange the cubes in a shallow platter or bowl. Scatter over the sliced cucumber and broad beans, sprinkling lightly, and crumble the feta over the salad (barrel-aged feta crumbles well). All of this needs to be done with a sense of urgency, since any ripe melon starts losing its juice with the first cut.

3 Mix the dressing ingredients together in a small jug and spoon gently over the salad. A direct hit of salt and pepper on the melon works well, but also acts as a catalyst for drawing out more water from the melon, so go easy on the seasoning.southern foods for northern souls. It needs to be served up quickly, otherwise the watermelon will give over its liquid to the bottom of the salad bowl and dilute the sunny dressing that goes with the salad.

~ Elderflower Drizzle Cake

This cake is drizzled in both the culinary sense, with lashings of crunchy, sugary frosting that pools on the top of the loaf, and in the more symbolic, ironic sense – a reference to the damp British summer weather. Decorate with fronds of elderflower along its length.

Serves 6-8
225g butter, softened
225g caster sugar
4 large eggs
225g self raising flour, sifted

For the icing
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
100ml elderflower cordial
2 tbsp sugar

1 Line a loaf tin with baking parchment. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then beat in the eggs one by one. Incorporate the flour and mix well, until smooth and creamy.

2 Turn into the prepared loaf tin and bake for 40-45 minutes, until well-risen and golden brown on top.

3 Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then prick all over with a skewer or fork.

4 Heat the elderflower cordial, lemon juice and sugar in a pan until hot, but not boiling. Drizzle over the cake, encouraging it to run into the sink holes. It should sink in and leave a crunchy crust.


Tourist Destination~

~ Midsummer tea party at St. John's

~ Mozart Festivals

~Swedish Midsummer

Famous People

~ Alexandra Feodorovna

~ Anna Pavlova

~ Léonide Massine

Parks or Amusement

~ Gorky Park

~ Sokolniki Park

~ Poklonnaya Gora

3 facts

~ When they have there celebration they do a Midsummer eve.

~ The people in Sweden the Midsummer is such an important festivity that they have have serious discussions to make the Midsummer Eve the National Day of Sweden instead of having it on June 6th.

~ Even though Midsummer is originally a pagan holiday, in christianity it is associated with the negativity of John the baptist, which is observed the same day.