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.
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.
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.
Sirniki (also written as syrniki) is a dish of Russian cuisine, they made of cottage cheese. Usually, sirniki are fried with oil in pan.
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.
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.
Salad Mimosa is a festive salad, the main ingredient is a canned fish (saury, salmon, tuna, etc.), also it contains vegetables, eggs and mayonnaise, which placed in layers. Mimosa Salad got its name because the surface of prepared salad looks like the flowers of mimosa, because of crumbled egg's yolk.
Salad Olivier is a main dish of New Year's table in Russia. The name was in honor of its creator, Chef Lucien Olivier, who held Parisian restaurant in Moscow in the early 60s of the XIX century. The salad is also known as Russian salad, Potato Salad.
Vinaigrette is a vegetable salad dressed with olive oil. Vinaigrette is a name of sauce which is popular in Europe, it consists of olive oil, vinegar and mustard. The salad used to dressed with this sauce, that is why it got this name. The dish is very popular in Russia.
The salad with herring is popular in Russia. Herring under a fur coat has become one of the main holiday's dish.
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