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Top 5 foods Russians LOVE to eat

Top 5 foods Russians LOVE to eat

1. Pelmeni

Pelmeni is the Russian version of dumplings or tortellini – only better! The difference is in the tasty herbs added to the packed meat fillings of lamb, pork or beef and the thinness of the dough. You can also find fish or creamy mushrooms as common fillers. When ordering them, you’ll be asked if you want to eat them solo (boiled) or served in a broth. If you have a sweet tooth or are vegetarian, you might prefer vareniki – a similar dish, which comes filled with potatoes, apple puree or sweet cottage cheese.

Here is the recipe for pelmeni: http://www.ruscuisine.com/recipes/breads-and-pastry/dumplings/n–524

2. Borsch

Borsch hardly needs an introduction. This humble beetroot soup is a worldwide celebrity and a delicious belly warmer on Russia’s colder days, served with or without meat, potato, herbs and smetana (Russian sour cream). Accompanied with a piece of rye bread or garlic bread topped with melted cheese, this dish is hearty enough to serve as a meal, although it is usually eaten as just a starter. A staple of Russia cuisine, it would be an offense to leave Russia without trying this soup.

Here is the recipe for borsch: http://russiafeed.com/classic-borsch-recipe-make-you-go-yum/

3. Blini

Blini are a lot like French crêpes, only thicker and greasier. They are also incredibly versatile – they can be filled with meat, covered in cheese or dusted with powder sugar. The traditional condiments are smoked salmon, caviar, smetana, and for sweet lovers – all kinds of homemade jams, honey, and sgushchenka (Russian condensed milk).

Here is the recipe for blini: http://www.ruscuisine.com/recipes/breads-and-pastry/n–40/

4. Salad Olivier

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If you happen to be in Russia on New Year, you will see this salad in every house – see for yourself. Olivier is quite fattening for a salad, but it is absolutely delicious. It’s named after the chef Lucien Olivier who created the ‘secret’ recipe in Moscow around the mid-1800s, although the original ingredients have been swapped for cheaper, more available foods. Since then, the dish spread internationally, and chances are you’ve tried a version in your home country. However, the Russian version is fresher and crispier with a light smattering of mayonnaise, fresh cucumber or crunchy Russian pickles.

Here is the recipe for olivier: http://www.ruscuisine.com/recipes/salads-and-dressings/n–593/

5. Kvas

Oh boy, do the Russians love their kvas! In the “Encyclopedia of food” it was written: After water, the most widespread beverage was Kvas … we even think that people drink it more often than water…” – that’s how popular kvas was. Kvas is a fermented drink made of rye or bread and it contains malt, just like beer. Unlike beer, it supposedly has very low levels of alcohol, which is why in summer you will see Russian kids consuming it in copious amounts. Try a glass of kvas and you will not be able to stop!

Here is the recipe for kvas: http://russiafeed.com/traditional-russian-drink-will-refresh-hottest-day/

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all too delicious …. OMG !!!!!

Doug Brown
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Doug Brown

That secret salad, Salad Olivier, looks exact like the potato/veggie salad my Aunt Ruth used to make. Nothing special going on there.
The other items? They look really good. Especially the Pelmeni boiled dumplings, reminiscent of Jiaozi Chinese dumplings, because they are sometimes boiled.
Love Russia!
Question: Do Russian men cook in their homes as a past-time, or as a fun hobby, as some American men do?

Elena Mraz
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Elena Mraz

I don’t think so…. not many anyway

Doug Brown
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Doug Brown

Yes but top Russian Chefs are men, and that’s a fact.

Elena Mraz
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Elena Mraz

I was thinking about ” house man ” is that how you call them ?

Doug Brown
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Doug Brown

No, not house-man, kitchen man.

Elena Mraz
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Elena Mraz

So no house-work ? I got it

Doug Brown
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Doug Brown

No, you don’t understand. Not all men are fortunate enough to have a woman in their life, so when a man is alone, he must cook and clean, do laundry and the shopping, alone. Women are not apples that can be picked from trees, unfortunately.
And calling oneself a kitchen man is what one does when he is in the kitchen cooking. Stupid, I know.

Elena Mraz
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Elena Mraz

What a shame ! my poor boy ! so sorry. But there are good girls – believe me, DO NOT give up, keep looking , you will find a treasure – I hope ! forget the apples

Doug Brown
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Doug Brown

Some find the dating game inhospitable, intolerable, mean, and yes, as other-worldly as it may seem, there is a place for arranged marriages. Because, in fact, for some, thats’s the only available avenue.

Elena Mraz
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Elena Mraz

Not mine advise to you !!!!!!!!!!  –  go to the right places, look for company of right people is my advice to you  – wish you very best !

Elena Mraz
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Elena Mraz

forgot sausages ! how could you ?

Mags
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OMG! These priceless Pelmeni and Borsh! I remember in my way to Lomonosov University stopping,before getting in the Metro, to drink Kvas on one of the kiock on the street .Good things from when we were young!

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