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From Latvia to Glasgow

From Latvia to Glasgow

My mum’s parents were Orthodox Jews from Latvia, which was part of the USSR then. As teenagers they were put on ships by their parents to avoid being killed by the Cossacks. They docked in Glasgow, where they lived, married and had 10 children of which my mum was the youngest. The whole family drank tea in the Russian way, from a samovar, through a sugar cube that you held in your mouth. Their favourite food was very simple; boiled potatoes with sour cream and chives or onions. The earliest form of crisps I suppose.

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