Baikal is an unique place in the world. It is also called the Pearl of Siberia. It is very beautiful, clean and wonderful. Baikal is the deepest and oldest freshwater lake in the world. It became famous by its oldest age, purest crystalline water, clearest air, variety of plants and animals. And the major part of living organisms are endemics, that are only inhabit in Baikal.
The Kamchatka Peninsula is one of the most exotic places in the world. The main wealth and wonder of Kamchatka which permanently attracts lots of tourists is its nature, which has been kept in almost untouched state till now.
Russian alphabet is a form of the Cyrillic script. Around 863 year, the brothers Cyril and Methodius regularized the writing for the Slavic language. The appearance of the Cyrillic alphabet relates to the activities of the Bulgarian School of scribes (after Cyril and Methodius).
Modern Russian alphabet contains thirty-three letters from 1918. Before 1918 the Russian alphabet had thirty-five letters. Letters Е and Ё were considered to be a one letter, И and Й were also considered to be a one letter.
If you plan to go to Russia it will be useful to learn some phrases in Russian language. But first of all you should know some rules, which you can learn from here.
Holodec (also written as Holodets) is a jelly mass made of cooled broth with chunks of meat. Holodec is usually made from variety meat. It can be pork, beef or lamb legs, ears, tails, etc. By-products contain a lot of gelling agents.
Since ancient times Russians are very fond of kvas. Kvas (also written as kvass) is a national Russian drink for more than one thousand years. Kvas is produced by fermentation, and usually made of bread, sugar, water, yeast. Kvass can be prepared in different ways, but the basis remains the same. There are various supplements, such as lemon, raisins, spices, etc.
There are a lot of recipes for blini (pancakes), as well as for hvorost. Blini (also written as bliny) is the main attribute of Maslenitsa (Shrovetide, the Pancake festival or Pancake week). Maslenitsa is celebrated one week before Lent, seven weeks before Easter.
There are many recipes of hvorost. Almost every family brings something special in it. The dough is often kneaded with vodka, cognac, kefir, sour cream, etc. The simplest (classical) dough recipe for hvorost consists of flour, eggs and sugar.
Sirniki (also written as syrniki) is a dish of Russian cuisine, they made of cottage cheese. Usually, sirniki are fried with oil in pan.
Potato cakes have the same recipe as army porridge, which was invented by Russian soldiers. This porridge is the favorite sweet dainty of Russian soldiers. In civilian society, the potato cakes which actually is sausages molded from the "army porridge", is also popular and can be found in confectionery department of almost every Russian store.
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