What ate in Russia
• What ate in Russia
Almost all Russian folk tales end with "honest peers" yes "Noces". Knyazhye feast no less frequently mentioned in ancient epics and legends about heroes. But from what exactly laden tables at these festivities, and a menu provided our ancestors legendary "magic tablecloth" in "dokartofelnuyu" Now we try to understand the era.
Of course, the main food of the ancient Slavs was porridge, meat and bread. Only here the cereals were somewhat different, not like we're used to seeing. The rice was a great gimmick, it was also called "Sorochinsko millet", and it cost a fabulously expensive. Buckwheat (groats, brought Greek monks, hence the name "Buckwheat") ate at great feasts, but his own wheat in Russia always was more than enough.
They ate mostly oats. But porridge prepared from purified whole grain long pre zaparivaya it into the furnace. Kashi is usually refueled or creamy, or flax or hemp oil. Sunflower oil appeared much later. Sometimes very wealthy citizens of ancient times used the olive oil imported by merchants from distant Byzantium.
On the cabbage, carrots and beets, not to mention the tomatoes and cucumbers, it would seem, such primordial "Russian" vegetables and root crops in Russia and slyhom no one heard. Moreover, even the onion, our ancestors did not know. The garlic grown here. It even in fairy tales but saying repeatedly mentioned. Remember? "It should be baked in the bull, in the side of garlic crushed." And vegetables probably comes to mind is now only radish, horseradish, and which is not sweeter, but the famous turnip easier as cooking which often solves many problems.
Extraordinary respect our ancestors enjoyed and peas, from which not only the soup was cooked, but also porridge. Dry grain was ground into flour and baked pies yes pancakes pea test.
It is no secret that in Russia has always been at a premium bread, which even said that he is the head of everything. However, the dough for bread and cakes prepared differently than it is now, as there was no yeast.
Pies were baked from the so-called "acid" test. Prepare it as follows: in a large wooden tub called a "trough", Make dough from flour and river water, and a few days left in a warm place to sour dough. After a while began to swell and dough bubble, due to natural yeast available in the air. Of such stuff is already quite possible to cook pancakes. The dough is never used completely, always leave it in the kneading trough on the bottom, to adding new flour and water, to get a new batter. Moloduha, moving in her husband's house, and took from home a little bit sourdough test.
Delicious as always been a fool. From it and shore "rivers of milk" in fairy tales were made. Though he was a sour taste (hence the name), and not at all sweet. It was prepared from an oat flour, dough, but with more water, allowed to turn sour, sour dough and then boiled until a solid mass was obtained, though the knife Slash. Ate pudding with jam and honey.
By the way, cooked jam without sugar, use honey. Well, all that grows abundantly in the forests, ancient Russians did not disdain. Interestingly, the mushrooms they called a leaf fungus (mushrooms, mushrooms), but the spongy mushrooms (boletus, white, mushrooms) called "lips". And salted in barrels mushrooms and lips, shifting their fragrant dill.
Berries da root of all useful plants in food and consumed with great pleasure. In short, do not go hungry.