Friday night in The Minter household is generally a date night with for hubby and me. However, on occasions we do have friends over and today/tonight is one of those evenings and should prove interesting as we visit Russia.
The Russian Federation or Russia as we know it, is the largest country in the world and has a population of around 145 million which makes Russia the 9th most densely inhabited place in the world.
Russia spans across much of Europe – Eastern Europe and all of Northern Asia and incidentally spans at least nine time zones. It shares it’s borders with may countries from Norway, Finland, Poland, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Mongolia, China to name a few. The Sea of Okhotsk, The Bering Strait and Alaska share waters around Russia.
The food of Russia is a a mix of various cooking traditions and the food is as varied as the country itself. The basics of the cuisine were placed by the peasant food of the rural population where foods such as poultry, fish, pork, berries, honey, mushrooms and caviar were plentiful. There were many ingredients available, such as rye, millet, wheat and barley for bread making or for pies. Also for making vodka and beer. Then during the 16th – 18th century the expansion of their culture, the more sophisticated foods and better cooking methods, it became one of the more improved food countries of the world.
Tonight isn’t just one course as normally on a week night but 3 for a dinner party. Researching for tonight’s dinner party proved very interesting and enlightening. The Russians take entertaining very seriously and I found out very interesting facts one of which was “much of how a table is “properly” set comes from Russian aristocratic rules” I love a beautifully laid table and take pleasure out of doing it. It adds to the ambience of the evening and makes the guests feel they are special.