Cuisine, foods and drinks
Russian cuisine is famous for exotic soups, cabbage schi and
solyanka, which is made of assorted meats. Russians are great lovers of
pelmeni, small Siberian meat pies boiled in broth. Every housewife of any
experience has her own recipes for pies, pickles, and sauerkraut. Even more
varied is the choice of recipes for mushrooms, one of the most abundant and
nourishing gifts of our woods. They are fried, pickled, salted, boiled and
what not. "No dinner without bread," goes the Russian saying. Wheat loaves
have dozens of varieties. As to rye bread, Russians eat more of it than any
nation in the world, a peculiarity of the Russian diet. As the Russian
custom has it, a festive table isn't worth this name without a bottle of
vodka. Russians are traditionally hearty drinkers:as good whiskey shall come
from Scotland, and port from Portugal, so Russian wheat vodka is the world's
best. We have an amazing variety to offer, from the clear, colorless
Moskovskaya and Stolichnaya to all kinds of bitters with herbs and spices.
Of our folk soft drinks, kvass is the best-known. Made of brown bread or
malted rye flour, it goes down best on a sultry summer day. If you add it to
chopped-up meat and vegetables, you get okroshka, an exquisite cold soup.
usually eaten in the morning
Pelmeny - The small balls
of minced meat covered with the pastry
Vareniky - it looks like pelmeny however
inside the pastry there is no meat but berries, potato or curds
Steak (otbivnaya) - beef and pork ones
are most popular
Beef stroganov - pieces of beef prepared
with cream sauce
Potato with mushrooms - favourite
Borcsh - the famous Russian soup made of
beet and meat, usually served with sour cream.
Vegetable soup (shie) - the soup made of
cabbage, potato and meat. There is also the specification called “shie
postnie” –the same soup without the meat.
Fishsoup (ukha) - the fishsoup with
carrot, spices and potato.
Chiken soup (kuryniy soup)
Mushroom soup (grybnoy soup)
Noodle soup - popular countryside dish
made of homemade noodle, potato and meat sometimes.
Cold soup (okroshka) - gold “kvas” with
vegetables, potato, eggs and spices
Kvas - the bread based sweet beverage.
The most popular original beverage in Russia.
Medovuha - the honey based sweet alcohol
Kompot - boiled water with fruits and
sugar, served cold
Prostokvasha - the milk based acid
beverage, served cold
Samogon - home made vodka, with the
Vodka - most popular Russian brand
Beer - Russian beer in general a bit
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