Yes and No 🙂
Yes: these are very popular cakes in Russia.
No: these cakes just look like potatoes! 🙂
There are two ways to cook these delicious a-la potato-cakes: right way means to be prepared by GOST (по ГОСТу) and simple way (used when you run out of time).
ГОСТ means Государственный СТандарт (if you don’t know what it means go take your Oxford / Cambridge / Longman dictionary and check. OR use www.multitran.ru to translate it). Got it? Well done! 🙂
What you need to know about ГОСТ is “GOST standards were originally developed by the government of the Soviet Union as part of its national standardization strategy. The history of national standards in the USSR can be traced back to 1925, when a government agency, later named Gosstandart, was established and put in charge of writing, updating, publishing, and disseminating the standards. After World War II, the national standardization program went through a major transformation, which provided the necessary methodological, logistical, and technological support for the long economic expansion that lasted into the early 1980s. The first GOST standard, GOST 1 State Standardization System, was published in 1968″. (Thank you, Wikipedia!)
Even though it’s not a Soviet Union era anymore, many people in Russia like to cook by ГОСТ and say “‘это приготовлено по ГОСТу” (It’s cooked by GOST). And they add very often “Это вкус моего детства” (lit. This is a taste of my childhood) or “Вот это настоящее пирожное-картошка” (THIS is a real a-la potato cake).
Now you have an opportunity to cook пирожное-картошка by GOST. Join us for a cooking class at the Russian House!!!!!