Food traditions are vary around the globe. Some people start the day with a heavy breakfast, some eat a light breakfast, well for me I don't even eat breakfast sometimes. Others have a heavy lunch or heavy supper. Russians have a long cultural history that stretches back centuries. Their food traditions are not that different from many other European cultures, but they do have their differences.
Generally, a traditional Russian breakfast is warm and healthy. Most Russians start the day with fine, rich and diverse foods. Porridge is one of the more popular traditional Russian breakfasts. It's quick and easy to make, and can be blended with fruits. Porridge goes well with other breakfast foods such as eggs. Eggs are served scrambled or fried and often are used in sandwiches with meat. Pancakes with butter, sour cream or jam are popular. For drinks, fairly strong coffee or tea is served.
Lunch is similar to many European cultures that call for a heavy lunch during the busiest time of the day to keep energy levels high. A three-course lunch is traditional in Russia. Soup usually begins the meal. Traditional Russian soups include borscht, solvanka, rassolnik, okroshka, and mushroom soup. After soup, a meat dish is served. Popular meat dishes include beef goulash, stroganoff, pork chops, goose with apples, and stuffed cabbage rolls. The meat dish is served with salads and a large side dish. A traditional Russian side dish may include potatoes, pasta or porridge. Potatoes are fried and heavy, and the porridge usually is made of buckwheat. Dessert is light; it often is a glass of tea or a piece of fruit.
A midday snack (or poldnik) is an important part of Russian tradition. It's typically eaten after or at the end of work to hold one over until supper time. A traditional poldnik consists of a collection of fruit, or fruit salad, combined with cake, crackers or toast. It's typically something...