Each week we will tell you more about Russian meals, drinks, culture, traditions and people!
Самовар - Samovar
Samovars come in different body shapes: urn- or crater-shaped, barrel, cylindrical, spherical. A typical samovar consists of a body, base and chimney, cover and steam vent, handles, faucet and key, crown and ring, chimney extension and cap, drip-bowl and teapots.
Пельмени - Pelmeni
Pelmeni - are dumplings consisting of a filling wrapped in thin, unleavened dough that originated in Tatarstan and Siberia and is Russian national cuisine. The filling can be minced meat (pork, lamb, beef, or any other kind of meat), fish, or mushrooms. The mixing together of different kinds of meat is also popular. The traditional Ural recipe requires a mixture of 45% beef, 35% mutton, and 20% pork. Pelmeni in Perm (west of the Ural Mountains) are often filled with mushrooms, onions, turnips, or sauerkraut instead of meat. Various spices, such as black pepper and onions, are mixed into the filling.
The word pelmeni is derived from pel'nyan' (пельнянь) – literally "ear bread" in the native Finno-Ugric Komi, Udmurt, and Mansi languages. It is unclear when pelmeni entered the cuisines of the indigenous Siberian people and when they first appeared in Russian cuisine. Pelmeni were particularly favored by hunters, who were looking for light, easy-to-prepare, nourishing food to take with them frozen on long hunting trips in the winter.
Берёза - Birch
Баня - Russian Banya (sauna)
Квас - Bread drink
Kvass has been a common drink in Eastern Europe since ancient times, comparable with other ancient fermented grain beverages including beer brewed from barley by the ancient Egyptians, the pombe or millet beer of Africa, the so-called rice wines of Asia, the chicha made with corn or cassava by the natives of America.
Щи - Cabbage soup
Блины с икрой - Pancakes with caviar
Pancakes with caviar are national Russian meal. A common Russian people don't see it often on their table, but tourists always order it in Russian restoraunts. In past it was the special meal of Russian Monarchs, nowadays you can taste these delicious pancakes too!