As we are entering a holiday season this week we would love to have a look at Russian holiday cuisine.

While Thanksgiving Day in US is associated with a roasted turkey, Russian people also have whole birds on their holiday menu. And one of their favorites is a roasted goose with apples - great and delicious holiday table decoration!



Early in history Russians used to cook swans for their elite banquets. The tables were covered with gorgeous dishes and there were a lot of drinks too.

Read more: Birds came home

Many people love noodles! They are nutritious and taste so good! Although noodle images were drawn first on the walls of Egyptian tombs, it is common to think that noodles were invented in China. To Europe noodles were brought by Marco Polo and they were served as a luxurious desert up until XVI century because they were made of durum, a special and very costly kind of wheat.



In XVII century some machines were invented for producing of noodles, which made their production less costly. First noodles factory in Russia was open in the XVIIIth century. And noodles became very popular among slavic people. They even made up a proverb: “Grow big and don't become a noodle” meaning “Be strong but not fickle.”

Read more: Noodles: from Ancient Egypt to our tables

This is a very good day to spent with your loved ones. To share your love with them and to receive it back. Please come and join us at “Firebird Slavic Restaurant” for the Special Evening on the 14th of February at 4pm. We will have three course dinner options, nice music and small souvenirs. Warm Romantic Atmosphere is guaranteed.

Valentine's Day was not celebrated during Soviet Times. And even when the wall fell, it didn't immediately come through. Slavic people started to celebrate Day of Love only when the New Millennium came. Couples began to get married on this special Day and Love filled the crispy frozen winter air.

Although Soviet people didn't celebrate this beautiful holiday, there definitely was a place for Romance. We invite you to listen to a hit song of 80s “Million roses” by famous Soviet pop star Alla Pugacheva. She sings that “All those who indeed in Love turn their lives into flowers for their loved ones":

Love and be Loved for this is one of the main reasons of our lives!

As all the American & Slavic winter holidays have passed, we start to long for some healthy food, which can help us to fill up our enlarged after all we've eaten during holidays stomaches and at the same time to taste good. The tasty and healthy food is what we all need right now. That is why we want to invite you to have a closer look at the Beans.



Beans contain a lot of fiber, which helps our body feel full. At the same time it helps our digestive system to work better and to lower our blood cholesterol. Plus beans are full of protein, iron and folate. As you can see, all the benefits are here.

If you need to recover from holidays' rich food and still want to enjoy a good taste please consider our new dish: Beans with mushrooms in red sauce.

Read more: Eat, Laugh, BEAN Healthy

While here in US we've already celebrated Christmas and New Year in Slavic countries with Orthodox Christianity people only start to prepare Christmas meals since they will celebrate Christmas Day only on the 7th of January according to Gregorian calendar. Peter the Great more then 300 years ago changed the New Year Celebration in Russia to the 1st of January and Christmas was celebrated on the 25th of December. But after the Russian Revolution of 1917 communists took the Christmas out and made the New Year a very secular holiday. Orthodox christians however continued to celebrate Christmas on the 7th of January. Although it was rather hard for them to keep fasting while New Year celebrations were held. And now in Orthodox countries it is still the same. They will have their Christmas Eve meal on the 6th of January which will begin only after the first star will appear on the night sky in remembrance of the Star in Bethlehem which announced the Birth of the Baby Jesus. They call Christmas Eve “Sochel'nik”, from the word Sochivo - first dish that they will have on this Eve also named Kutya. It consists of boiled wheat sweetened with honey.

 

Read more: Orthodox Christmas Celebration