"In winter, Babushka used to tell me that I had to eat more to survive the Russian climate," says Erwann. "She knew that I was a vegetarian and spoiled myself with special high-fat meals. Once, when my dad and stepmother visited me, she opened up her version of Soulfood: pelmeni and vareniki in batter with lots of mayonnaise in a bowl full of oil. My father could not sleep from abdominal pain. "
"When I was ill, I was ordered to drink only lukewarm water, never cold, and she told me that a shot of vodka would quickly clear me of a sore throat. She emphasized that her personal experience has proven her effectiveness. "