|The temptations of pelmeni|
Just ONE is called a "pelemen." But many are called "pelmeni" and they are one of the most traditional (and delicious) of Russian dishes. Making or eating just one is near impossible. continue...
|Georgia on my menu|
hen Lenin predicted the suffering to come under his successor Stalin, with the words "That cook will concoct nothing but peppery dishes", it was no accident that he chose a culinary metaphor. continue...
|Russian bread is everything head|
Bread has always been considered as the wealth of the Rus. Give us this day our daily bread…
Slavic people mainly grew wheat, barley, oats, and millet. Rye bread became Russia's real "daily bread", even though it had come to Russia from outside. continue...
|Traditional Lent menu|
What was served during the severest 40 days of Great Lent at ancient times of Russian cuisine?
The most popular dishes were pohlebki (vegetable soups), polevki (corn soups), soloduha, kulaga, tolokno, oat kisel with oil, baked potatos, sauerkraut, pickled mushrooms, porridges and different vegetables. continue...
The first day of the Pancake week is called "Meeting". The people of one village went to visit those from another one and to show themselves. People gathered at highlands and ice hills. continue...
|Russian Samovar story|
Samovar is a pure Russian find for tea. Tea was firstly presented to a Russian tzar by Mongolian khans and later the samovar's "grandfather" came to Russia from Persia. continue...
|What is Russian salad?|
Just before the Great Patritoic War, Russian people didn't know this foreign word, not talking about the dish. Only the people who went abroad and learnt a couple salad recipes from French cuisine could offer something like salad on their Russian table. continue...
|Goose in the Rus|
From time immemorial goose was a delicious dish not only for simple people, but even "many excellencies" couldn't tear themselves from roast goose.
On 15 September (by old calendar style) there was a holiday called Nikita-Goosyatnik
(Goosyatnik is man who breeds geese). continue...
|Russian sumptuous feast|
By tradition, having invited guests to celebrate the occasion, we organize a dinner-party.
A well-dressed table, flavored of aromas from delicious dishes, makes people closer,
relieves a stress and disposes to a friendly warmhearted conversation. continue...
the day of Jesus' resurrection is considered the biggest event in spiritual life
of a believer.
Last days of Week
- Maundy Thursday, spiritual purifying, Good Friday, Jesus sufferings, Holy Saturday,
the day of sorrow and at last Blessed Sunday had a symbolical effect on folk tradition,
rites and Easter table. continue...
We always try to surpass ourselves preparing a holiday table. We dig out grandmother's cook books, invent new dishes and we exhaust ourselves just for silent approval and "harmonious mastication" of our guests. continue...
|A cup of tea please !|
If you ask any habitant of Russia what he drinks most often, the only possible answer will be "tea". In fact, tea has become real national Russian beverage for last two centuries. continue...
|How we celebrated Russian Christmas|
adopted a baby girl from Russia who is now 2. I also have a 9 year old
daughter of my own.
We thought this might be a good year to establish
some Russian tradition and teach my older daughter a bit about Russia. continue...
took a special place among national soups.
Historians suppose that this
dish was known long time ago before Baptizing of the Rus. Once all soups
were called Schi. continue...
|Kasha in Russia|
is not by accident that Slavic people had grain and groats as a symbol
of home and good housekeeping.
There are many Russian fairy tales, songs
and proverbs about kasha. continue...