The traditions of modern Russian cuisine is still
closely connected with the types of food that the ‘peasants’ cooked
during the time of the Russian Empire. Basic dishes haven't changed.
However, nowadays when people are in a hurry and don't have enough
time to cook at home, they prefer fast food, cafes, etc.
Nevertheless, food and beverages that are served at home are almost
the same as they were several hundred years ago.
Other popular dishes are made from meat (sausages, pelmeni, chops,
steak) and of course potatoes. There are also different salads made
from seasonal vegetables and fruit. One should never forget that
most food is served with bread as this is the most essential thing
in Russian cuisine.
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Russian Food History
Some Food Facts
Does the name Prince Alexander Borisovich Kourakine mean anything to you? The world of food lovers and restaurants have to thank this man for a major change in the way we ate food. He was the Imperial Russian Ambassador to Paris during the late 19th century and introduced to the west the Russian tradition of serving food dishes one at a time. This service became known as 'a la russe' and before its introduction all food was usually put on the table in 3 serves - no matter what the quantity or variety of courses.
For those amongst you who may like to try and recreate some of the Russian recipes of the time;
Moose Lips in sour cream;
Ragout of deer lips and ears;
Bulls eyes in sauce;
Hmmmm, I wonder??