Russian students made up some dialogues about the Russian traditional cuisine & tried to imitate the ordering process in English!

The dialogue about borsch & kompot :)

Hot borsch
Hot borscht, the kind most popular in the majority of cultures, is a hearty soup.
It is almost always made with a broth made of beets.
It usually contains heavy starchy vegetables including
potatoes and beets, but may also contain carrots, spinach, and meat.
It may be eaten as a meal in itself, but is usually eaten as an appetizer with thick
dark bread.

Cold borscht

Cold borscht exists in many different cultures. Some of these include Lithuanian
(šaltibarščiai), Polish (Chłodnik, literally 'cooler'), Belarusian,
Ukrainian and Russian (swekolnik) cultures. As a traditional European cold soup,
it is akin to preparations like gazpacho, Hungarian cold tomato and/or
cucumber soups and meggyleves.
Kompot is prepared from several kinds of dried fruits
(original recipe features apples, pears and prunes[3])
and sometimes berries sweetened with honey or sugar.

In Russia going out to eat at a cafe will bring you to
the realization that beverage choices are minimal at best.
Beer, Kvas, bottled water, hot tea and Kompot!
Kompot is a very popular drink and is made by all good cooks in the kitchen.
So lets make some Kompot like they do in Russia.
Ingredients* .5 kilo (half kilo) assorted berries (strawberries, red
bilberries, blueberries, raspberries, black currant, or a frozen mix
is a good choice too. Also just a single type of berry can be used.)
  • 2.5 liters of water
  • 4 – 6 tablespoonfuls of sugar – per tasteCookingBoil
  • the water, then add the sugar and berries. When it boils again,
  • lower the heat and cook for 15-20 minutes.
  • To make it taste even richer, you can add a few leaves
  • of fresh peppermint or Spearmint three minutes before
  • the drink is cooked. You can also add a pinch of Cinnamon.
  • The drink can be served either warm or cold.Yummy!

The dialogue about ukha & pelmeni

Ukha (Russian: Уха) is a clear Russian soup, made of fish like
salmon or cod, root vegetables, parsley root, leek, potato,
bay leaf, lime, dill, green parsley and spiced with black pepper,
cinnamon and cloves. Fishes like perch, tenches, sheatfish
and burbots were used to add flavour to the soup.

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 potatoes, cubed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped
  • 4 ounces cod fillets, cubed
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste
Put water in a large saucepan and bring to a boil

over high heat. Add the potatoes, onion and parsley.

Heat for 10 to 15 minutes and add the fish. Heat for

10 more minutes, then squeeze in lemon juice and
season with salt and pepper to taste.

Pelmeni (Russian: пельмени — plural, пельмень pel’men’ — singular)
are dumplings consisting of a filling wrapped in thin, unleavened dough
that originated in Siberia and is Russian national cuisine. Pelmeni
have similar names in other languages: Belarusian: пяльмені, pyal’meni;
Tatar: пилмән(нәр) pilmän(när); Ukrainian: пельмені, pel’meni;
Latvian: pelmeņi; Estonian: pelmeenid.

Grind beef and pork twice in meat chopper.

Then add chopped onion, salt,pepper.

To make mincemeat more tender and juicy,

add a bit of milk. Reserve. Mix flour with eggs and milk,

salt and oil until a soft dough forms. Knead on floured

surface until dough is elastic. Take some dough and

make a "sausage" (1 inch in diameter). Divide into pieces

(1 inch thick). Roll each piece into a circle close to the size

(a little bit larger ) of the **mold** holes so that it is

1/16 inch thick. Place a dough sheet on the

**dumplings mold**, then the filling in every opening,

then cover with another dough sheet. After that roll the

dough circle with a rolling-pin and you have a two dozens

of pelmeni at a time! Use the rest of the dough that

comes out from the mold to roll another circle.

Pelmeni can be frozen to be cooked later

( you can keep them in the freezer for a long time),

or cooked immediately. To cook pelmeni, boil much

water, so that they cannot stick to each other.

Salt water. Carefully drop pelmeni into boiling water.

Dont forget TO stir them from time to time. Boil for

20 minutes. Pelmeni can be served with butter, sour cream,

vinegar or ketchup.

Kissel or kisel (Russian: кисель kisél’, Ukrainian: кисiль,
Polish: kisiel, Lithuanian: kisielius, Latvian: ķīselis, Finnish: kiisseli,
Estonian: kissell) is a fruit drink, popular as a dessert in Eastern and
Northern Europe. It consists of sweetened juice, thickened with
arrowroot, cornstarch or potato starch, and sometimes red wine or
dried fruits are added. It is similar to the Danish rødgrød or German Rote Grütze.
Kissel can be served either hot or cold, also together with
sweetened quark or semolina pudding. Kissel can also be served on
pancakes or with ice cream. If the kissel is made using less thickening starch,
it can be drunk - this is common in Russia. Swedish blåbärssoppa is a
bilberry kisel similarly
prepared and consumed, although fresh or frozen bilberries,
not dried berries is used to prepare it.

Pork chop


1 lb diced potatoes
Chopped onion
1/4 lb sliced button mushrooms
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp garlic salt
4 pork loin chops
2/3 cup sour cream (creme fraiche)
2 tbsp chopped parsley
Put the potatoes, onions and mushrooms in a bowl
with the butter and cook on HIGH for 8 minutes, stirring twice.
Season with the garlic salt.
Heat a browning dish for 6-8 minutes, following the
manufacturer's instructions.
Add the chops and cook on HIGH for 4 minutes.
Turn and cook for a further 4 minutes.
Pour over the potato mixture and the cream.
Cover and heat on HIGH for 5-6 minutes.
Taste and adjust the seasoning.
Sprinkle with the chopped parsley

Quotation from students' letters":

Hi Dmitry, I speak English,and I'm learning Spanish.
I'm not multilingual like you, but it is so cool that you speak that many languages!

What is pigeons milk cake?

My favorite food is probably lasagna, my Mom makes it from scratch and it's so good!

What kind of cake recipe do you want? i.e. do you want chocolate, vanilla, coconut, dark chocolate, so on...

You don't like snails? What's not to love? Just kidding, they're disgusting. ;-)

Finally, what would you like me to send you in the culture box? Something that travels well, preferably. ;-)

Hey Andrew! [:
I'm emailing you about food. On a daily basis I eat breakfast lunch and dinner of course! But to be more specific, I usually eat a light breakfast such as toast without jelly. For lunch I often eat a Quaker 90 calorie pack along with an apple, and for dinner I eat whatever my mom cooks for our family. To be honest I’m not quite sure what average traditional American food is, I hear turkey is normal for thanksgiving, but my family doesn’t normally eat what most families eat for holidays. My family mainly eats Mexican food on special events and holidays. My family is very open new foods, so I can’t really think of any foods that I find unusual. And also, americans love soup! (: at least i do.