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Traditional Christmas meals different countries

The rapid and intensive pace of modern life inexplicably affects the already fleeting time, accelerating it. Seemingly only over a series of new year holidays, as soon as autumn it’s time to start preparations for the upcoming winter festivities.

Modern cooking is different in different countries and the widespread eclecticism of interpenetration. As a result of world cuisine enriched, it would seem, is not peculiar traditions, become more interesting and respectable.

In turn, modern Christmas table absolutely not similar to a festive table of our childhood, our parents organized the resulting battle over the deficit. Today we have access to previously unimaginable products, of which a good housewife is simply a sin not to prepare an original Christmas table for your friends and loved ones using proven as time and people amazing traditional Christmas meals different countries.

For example, the British from dried wheat bread, different varieties of raisins, cherries, apples, almonds and candied peel are preparing a Christmas plum-pudding. It adds lemons, oranges, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and star anise. It is remarkable that this prudish people created from feed dishes a whole new year’s ritual – the pudding doused with a mixture Continue reading

Japanese food

Now it’s hard to believe, but a few years ago about Japanese cuisine in Russia little is known. And to the unsuspecting visitor at any of the few and the absurdly expensive restaurants could easily slip instead of sushi – here horror-that! – Sashi mi.

The years have passed. Kitchen of the rising sun is so loved by millions of Russians that some enthusiasts even vodka, eating pickled ginger (excellent, by the way, appetizer, almost like pickled apples).

Jelly eaten with mustard, and wasabi.

Strong, by the way, thing. There’s even a movie – “Wasabi”, there is a stern French policeman, played by Jean Reno, is coming to Japan and solves the issues with the local mafia. During dinner at the restaurant wasabi he takes his finger and eats it like it’s not terribly spicy, and the usual mayonnaise, what leads to the astonishment of his partner. After he had thus demonstrated the inflexibility of his will, it becomes clear that our hero is no Yakuza will not take. And exactly – it is at the end of the film all wins.

By the way, if you think you have tried wasabi, it is probably wrong.

Outside of Japan, you can get what is more or less tolerable imitation of horseradish and food additives, as real wasabi is very rare. This root grows mainly in cold mountain rivers. It is collected, dried, Continue reading

Tea traditions of different countries

China

It is considered that drinking tea began in the territory of the modern Chinese province of Sichuan (Four streams). According to historians, the tradition of drinking tea goes back more than two thousand years. Mentions tea meet since the epoch of Spring and Autumn (VIII-V C. BC), but works devoted to the art of tea and tea, appear much later. For a long time, tea was a privilege of emperors and the upper class, but later (XIV-XVII centuries) spread among all segments of the population.

The consumption of tea in China long ago developed into a real art of the tea ceremony kung fu cha. This ceremony consists of several stages that help to enjoy all the richness of taste, aroma and useful properties of tea. Special attention is paid in China to the emotional state of a person when he proceeds to the tea ceremony. The process of preparation and consumption of tea beverages must free from worries, to clear the mind, lead to a state of clarity and calmness.

Tea culture of China for centuries, was maintained by the special construction of the tea houses and pavilions, fabrication of tea ware, the tea breeding of new varieties and ways of cooking, and also literary works dedicated to tea (Lu Yu – the classic of tea, Hui Tsung Continue reading

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