Why Can’t Russian Women Cook?
Russians are busy people and the tough economic climate affords them little time to indulge the culinary arts. Even Russian restaurants are invariably closed at lunchtime, since the important daily business of changing money or selling stolen cars must take precedence.
Throughout history, Russian cuisine has evolved through similar time constraints. The most famous Russian national dish, ‘Steak Tatar’, isn’t cooked at all. The Russian national drink of ‘Kefir’ is simply milk left to go off. While other foodstuffs are hurriedly wrapped in pastry and dropped in boiling water.
It is only on national holidays, such as May 1 or Victory Day, that Russians really celebrate eating, when they go to the woods or the riverbank to barbecue fresh fish or shaslik. Here they improvise fires from low-grade diesel or old Mercedes car tyres, which gives the food a unique Russian flavour.
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