dedicated to helping New Zealanders to make and enjoy some of the many traditional Russian food dishes.
Despite a history punctuated with food shortages, Russian cooks still managed to create delicious, wholesome and nourishing dishes for their families and guests.
Many traditional Russian food dishes are ‘one pot’ meals – hearty peasant fare like meat and vegetable soups made from seasonally available vegetables and meats, accompanied by dark coarse bread.
Those lucky enough to have gardens and duchas (weekend country homes) grew their own fruits and vegetables which were carefully harvested, picked and preserved so they could enjoy them in the winter months.
The influences of ‘invading’ cultures have also made their mark on Russian culinary traditions – the Vikings introduced preserving methods, and the Mongols and Tartars brought spices, grilled meats, pickled cabbage and techniques for making sour cream.
To Kiwis, Russia may conjure up images of repression, extreme cold and of course, vodka. However if you have ever have the pleasure of sitting down to a meal in a Russian home, you will discover that one of Russia’s best kept secrets is her food.
Not all of the ingredients used in traditional Russian food dishes are available in New Zealand, so we have tested and amended recipes using readily available substitutes that help to preserve the traditional flavours.
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