Raspberry jam for you? Or fresh, cooked beets – ready to peel and eat? How about pickled onions and cucumbers, homemade coleslaw or spicy tomato sauce? Russian BAB-ysh-kas, or grandmothers, are often on street corners selling food stuffs in hopes of making a few extra rubles. These hearty souls come prepared to spend the day outside in the cold.
Oh great, this lady has walnuts for sale. In the market kiosks they run maybe 50 rubles ($2) a glass but they're bound to be cheaper here. And I always need walnuts for baking muffins.
Did you shell them yourself?
Oh of course! They’re so fresh and tasty.
And they're really clean - no little bits of shell? For how much?
Oh of course, I go through them very carefully. They’re 35 rubles a glass but for you, 30 rubles.
I need three glasses. Well, let’s make it five.
You wouldn’t need any canned sweet peppers do you? They're really tasty and so good for you.