Slavic cuisine can be delicious. There are numerous wonderful dishes you can enjoy in the Slavic countries.However, some of them are weird, and it is hard to believe they truly exist. Traditionally and generally Slavs like heavy and fat cuisine that makes people with sensitive stomach feel sick. Moreover, some dishes like kaszanka and czernina made with the blood of animal are legendary among the people interested in the Slavic culture.
There are as many fans as haters of this kind of dishes. However, even if you are not convinced to try kaszanka or czernina, there is so much more to discover:
You might know this dish even if you are not Slav. Russian emigrants took it to America, and Kishka became an appreciate ingredient especially in Canada. It is intestine stuffed dish is filled with the choice of meat. It looks a little bit like sausage but tastes better if you don’t know what is inside. If you don’t want surprises on your plate, it is recommendable to choose Kishka from trustworthy sources.
It is known by many different names, but generally, the word Kvas means Acid. It is a fermented beverage made from rye bread. Although it contains 0.5–1.0% alcohol, nobody in Slavic countries considers is as an alcoholic beverage. Kvas was very popular before Americans knew Coca-Cola. It has always been allowed to the children. Even now Slavic parents often prefer to give children Kvas instead of Coca-Cola. The taste is fresh and Kvas is healthier than Coca-Cola. It is also a better choice for the thirsty one.
That’s right! If you are Slav, you perhaps remember your granny making a fruit soup for you when you were a child. I remember how I made a traditional fruit soup from my granny’s recipe for a group of international friends. The soup served with pasta surprised them by the presentation. But believe me, during the summer afternoons everybody likes fruit soup! What fruits are included? My grandmother used to make soup based on cherries, rhubarb and other seasonal. But you can use whatever you want.
Bigos often reminds people of a stew. It is a traditional Christmas dish in Poland and the other East Slavic countries. It is made of sauerkraut, cabbage, different types of meat, kiełbasa, mushrooms, and spices. According to the legend, it was introduced into Polish Christmas dinners by the Polish-Lithuanian King Wladyslaw Jagiełło. The king loved hunting, and there was so much meat on the court that they needed a new idea of serving it. Jagiełło decided to put some meat into the stew. Some people start to prepare Bigos many days before the Christmas Day. They believe that the more time preparation takes, the better it tastes.
Legs in jelly
The jellied pig or cow feet. Sounds ugly? Yeah, but many people love its flavor. It is cooked meat simmered in grayish gelatin with some vegetables and herbs. Sometimes it is served with horseradish. It appears on Christmas Day feasts but also is served with vodka. It originally comes from a Jewish tradition, but now stays an important part of Slavic food culture. Seledka pod shibori (herring under a fur coat) Well known in Russia, Ukraine, etc. It is a layered salad, sometimes it looks nice but I’ve seen many disgusting presentations. It is usually made of herring fish, onion, mayo, and boiled vegetables like beets, carrots, potatoes. Sometimes it is served in the presentation that reminds a cake. It is fishy, salty and the flavor is rich. It is impossible to compare it with anything else.
Pig blood soup
Pork blood soup is a soup that used pork blood as its primary ingredient. Additional ingredients may include barley and herbs such as marjoram, as well as other foods and seasonings. Some versions are prepared with coagulated pork blood and other coagulated pork offal, such as intestine, liver and heart. Chornaja Poliwka in Belarus or Prdelačka in Czech is a traditional pork blood soup made during the pig slaughter season. It is prepared with pork blood pudding, potato, onion and garlic as primary ingredients.
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