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Apple cranberry
Russian eggs
Russian eggs
Beef Stroganoff
Beef Stroganoff
Kissel (fruit compote)
Cabbage pie
Cabbage pie

Cream cheese


Russia is a country of enormous proportions; from west to east it measures 10,000 kilometer; it has twelve time zones and many different types of climates. Speaking about one culinary tradition is therefore impossible. What you can say, is that Russians love eating and drinking. They often start the meal with many different "zakoeski" (starters) like stuffed eggs, caviar, blini or salat olivier. These are guided by a number of "sto grams"', which stands for vodka, serve in a quantity of 100 gram. Every glass is emptied at once and then somebody makes a speech, to the health and wealth of the country's leader or each other's. Many speeches and hundred grams later, the real meal begins. As a main course, one may have sturgeon, the giant fish which grows from the minuscule caviar eggs.
In the Russian cuisine, one uses ample dill and horseradish, the latter imported in the 15th century by the Germans on their journeys towards the East. Thick soups like cabbage soups and borscht are served in winter time. That is also the time to eat the conserved food items like pickled tomatoes and peppers and fruits like cherries in sugar syrup and jams, from the harvest in summer around the dachas. In every basement you see enormous glass pots, called "bankas" of sometimes 10 liters.
Herring in fur

Salmon salad
Lemon pavlova
Blueberry Romanov
Blini with salmon
Blini with
Kulich bread
Kulich bread


Russia has vast woods where the Russians like to search their mushrooms and wild berries like blackberries and elderberries. Buckwheat is served with a meal like others would eat rice or potatoes, but also for breakfast with milk and sugar and buckwheat flour is used for blini. Blini are served at Maslitsa, which takes place in February at the start of Lent before Easter. The serious believers fast for 48 days, a period full of special food rules. But then Easter is the most important holiday again, making up for the hunger with mountains of food and drink and colored edible or non-edible eggs, the most famous being the Fabergé egg. On Easter day they feast on Pascha.
Special days in Russia to serve this food are the 12th of April,
Cosmonautics Day; 7 May, invention of the radio by Alexander Popov in 1895; 22 August, Flag Day; 12 September, lancing of the rocket Lunik II in 1959; and 6 November, Unity Day. Russians and former Soviet citizens serve salat olivier for New Year. On Worldcook's New Year page you will find New Year recipes from all over the world. Click on culinary calendar for more links between cooking and worldwide celebration.

    23 March 2012


Fish and carrot

Stuffed eggs

Cheese pudding


Salat olivier