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Traditional Russian dishes are often associated with borscht, mayo-based salads, porridge and endless variations of savory dumplings and pierogies. What many may not know is that Russian piquant cuisine is supplemented by a scrumptious arrange of traditional Russian sweets and desserts.


From home-made jams and preserves, to authentic Russian cakes, tortes and even handmade candies — when it comes to sugary confections, Russians seem to have a hereditary sweet tooth. They have perfected the art of dessert making and have come up with a wide selection of irritable treats.


We’ve polled our friends, scoured the internet and dug through grandma’s old recipe books to come up with the most popular Russian sweets.







Russians have been perfecting the art of mushroom hunting for centuries. Much like apple picking in August, mushroom hunting in September is so ingrained in the Russian culture that is has pretty much become a national sport.


Many of us can recall the beautiful memories of our childhood mushroom foraging experiences. It’s the perfect weekend family activity that may even yield a few hidden treasures.


But before you head out to the local forrest, do you know which mushrooms are edible and where to find them?





Pelmeni are to Russians what Ravioli are to Italians. A filling, delicious and staple part of the diet. A quick look at the tasty history of pelmeni reveals that these meat filled Russian dumplings are adaptations of the Chines potsticker. Its distinct rounded ear shape is what also sets it apart from Ukraine’s close cousin vareniki or pierogies  as they are more commonly known in Eastern Europe.



The name pelmeni comes from the original dish prepared by the indigenous people from the Ural Mountains called Komi. They named the dumplings “pelnyan” which meant ‘little bread ear’ in their native tongue. Today’s pelmeni bear little resemblance to the dish prepared by our ancestors.





Zucchini fritters are unbelievably easy to make, nutritious, low in calories, and a delicious way to enjoy summer vegetables. Popular in Russian cuisine, as well as in many other Eastern European regions — zucchini fritters (оладьи из кабачков) are not native to these parts of the world. In fact, these culinary creations can be found on many Greek, Italian, Spanish and French menus. 


We’re sharing a simple video recipe for zucchini fritters that takes just a few minutes to prepare and can be enjoyed as a snack or a healthy lunch. All you need are a few fresh zucchinis, an egg, some flour and about 15 minutes to cook.



(Full recipe and instructions below.) 





Sausages are a quintessential summer food: inexpensive, tasty, and forgiving of even the most inexperienced backyard chefs. Its flavor and texture largely depends the source of meat and type of spices used in the recipe. The hot dog — a close American cousin of the German bratwurst, is the most popular form of sausage in the the U.S; while across the ocean in Europe there is a lot more flavor and variety.


From bratwurst to kolbasa, masterfully preserving meats developed not just as a culinary skill — it was truly a form of art.



Salt vs Sugar



























Sugar versus salt. You know how to use them in the kitchen, but when it comes to your beauty regimen most people don’t know the difference.


Most store bought scrubs look the same — small grains of salt or sugar packed in fragrant coconut or mango gels that conjure up memories of distant paradise vacations. A closer look though reveals their differences, not to mention their own unique skin care benefits.




Olive oil tea tree oil

Many of us are traveling this summer on vacations, getaways, staycations and road trips. While there are women who manage to keep up with their beauty routine even while trekking across Europe or camping in the wilderness — most of us can appreciate the simple solutions to keep ourselves looking and feeling presentable. 



We curated natural beauty solutions used by beautiful women just like you around the world. Check out how Greek and Italian women keep their skin looking luminous, and what eggs can offer for your gorgeous locks. Simple and 100% natural, keep these beauty tips in mind as you enjoy the adventures of travel this summer. 




Russian Food



Summer vacations are about two things … well, three things really: rest, relaxation and food! Delicious dining, especially on vacation, is the best way to immerse yourself in the local culture. Whether you’re discovering foreign lands, or being a tourist in your own city, food is often more than sustenance — it is an experience.


A trip to Paris is not complete without tasting authentic escargot. Fresh seafood paella is pretty much mandatory while in Barcelona. And if you find yourself in Poland pirogies should be the first thing on your eating agenda.


The food trend in Russia seems to have returned to its roots. Restaurants like Grand Cafe Dr. Zhivago and Cafe Pushkin have become delicious destinations for locals and tourists alike. And they are not alone. More and more fine dining restaurants in Moscow and St. Petersburg are serving traditional Russian fare, complete with borscht, Siberian Pelmeni, Meat and Cabbage Vareniki, and Pozharskie Kotleti. This is a stark contrast to just five years ago when international cuisines, like Japanese and Thai, were center stage.


If you’re craving Russian food but can’t get to Moscow, check out our exclusive list of the most popular restaurants serving Russian food across the United States.


Safe travels and Bon Appetite!!



This holiday weekend many of us are celebrating Independence Day with friends and food. Grilling, barbecuing and enjoying warm summer nights with delicious food and great company. So while the meat (or fish) is on the grill, make a refreshing cabbage salad that’s easy to make and oh so delicious. Crunchy shredded cabbage, thinly sliced onions, crispy green apples – this simple summer salad is a classic Russian side dish. 



Summer Cabbage Salad




1/2 medium green cabbage

1/2 medium onion (or 3 stalks of green onion)

1/2 green apple 

1/2 lemon

1/2 cup chopped parsley (or dill)

salt & pepper to taste

1 tbsp olive oil




1) Clean and finely shred green cabbage. Place into large bowl and squeeze with your hands to release the juices. 

2) Dice green apple into small, bite size pieces.

3) Thinly slice onions. You can also use green onions for a more summer flavor.

4) Rough chop parsley or dill.

5) Squeeze half a lemon and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive olive and mix.






DIY summer drink
































Nothing tastes better on a hot summer day than a refreshing cool drink or cocktail. Colas and store bought juices are boring and loaded with artificial colors, flavors and sugar. Iced teas and kambuchas are trending among hipsters and yuppies alike, setting a new standard for artisanal drinks.


We’ve all been inspired by scrumptious pics of colorful liquid concoctions in beautifully arranged mason jars. This summer, why not explore the world of authentically Russian cocktails and compotes. We’ve collected six classic favorites, complete with recipes for your summer drinking pleasure.


*Keep reading for a bonus recipe for traditional Russian ‘nastoika’ (infused vodka).*




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Summer is almost upon us and we’ve been busy scouting the globe for the latest sizzling beauty products. Are you ready to get your skin and hair looking fabulous for the summer sun? Keep reading for our favorite picks from Natura Siberica’s HOTTEST summer beauty products based on 100% natural wild berry extracts.






This weekend marked two great holidays: Victory Day (May 9th) and Mother’s Day (May 10th). To honor our moms and our Veterans, we’ve created a special video recipe for a beautiful and delicious dessert — apple roses with puff pastry and raspberries. 







As the weather gets warmer and fresh veggies are once again plentiful, we’re officially calling it open season on summer soups. This week, we’re making Okroshka! With a few twists on the traditional recipe, we hope you enjoy this delicious homage to fresh garden veggies.



Okroshka comes from the Russian word “kroschit'” which literally means to crumble into little pieces. The classic soup is a mix of (mainly) raw veggies including radishes, cucumbers, and spring onions, and usually include boiled potatoes and eggs.





































It’s no secret that traditional healing and homeopathic therapies have steadily grown in popularity. Around the world, more and more people are turning to herbs, homemade elixirs and folk remedies to treat common colds and body ailments.


An overwhelming shift in perspective towards the combination of modern and traditional medicine has once again opened the doors to time honored cures from the past. Nearly every culture has recipes and remedies that have been passed down from one generation to another.



Vintage Easter Card


Easter is the most important Holiday in the Russian Orthodox tradition. In fact, for the vast majority of Russians, Easter is more than a question of faith – it is a celebration of their national identity.


Laced with symbolic meanings of pagan ancestry, Russian Easter traditions can be traced back to folk rituals that date back to pre-Christian times. As we enter the week of “Red Hill” (Красная Горка), we’d like to reflect on some of the lesser known customs associated with these Holidays.




Traditional Russian Easter Kulich



























No Easter table is complete without a classic Kulich. Famous for its traditional shape and exquisite taste, Kuliches take center stage in traditional Easter baskets. Baked fresh in cylindrical tins and decorated with white sugary icing and colorful sprinkles, Kuliches are look very similar to Italian panettone bread. What makes Kuliches different from panettone is the light and airy dough. (Full recipe here).



Following Eastern Orthodox tradition, Kuliches are decorated with icing and often include the letter XB which stands for ‘Christ Is Risen’ (Христос Воскрес). They are taken to the Church in an Easter basket filled with decorated Easter eggs and blessed before consumption. Kuliches are eaten for 40 days following Easter as a symbol for atonement and suffering of Jesus Christ. 




Today is Willow Sunday, also known as Blossom Sunday, and in Russian Orthodox tradition as ‘Verbnoe Voskresenie’ (Вербное Воскресение).



One week before Easter, this Holiday marks the day Jesus entered Jerusalem. Christ’s entry Jerusalem.



Biblical accounts mention that in Jerusalem Jesus was greeted by crowds of people waving and laying down palm branches as a symbol of victory and triumph, as well as the resurrection or re-birth of new life.



In colder climates where palm trees do not grow, branches of other trees – like olive and willow – were thought to depict new life.



Across Russia, and other former Soviet Republics, Verbnoe Voskresenie is named for verba (pussy willow). The fuzzy blossoms known as catkins are one of the first spring buds to bloom after long and harsh winter.




And so for hundreds of years Russian tradition holds that bunches of pussy willow branches are brought to Church and distributed, along with candles, during Verbnoe Voskresenie as a way to mark the beginning of Verbnaya Nedelya (Willow Week).



Поздравляем Вас с Вербным Воскресением!


Happy Willow Sunday!


Spa scene with natural cosmetics


Essential oils are some of nature’s best kept secrets. A natural and chemical-free alternative to traditional moisturizers and cosmetics, essential oil mixes can be used to treat skin problems, reduce stress, sooth muscles, and strengthen hair and nail cuticles. This week we’re sharing a few basic recipes to make your own essential oil mixes at home.






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Easter Egg

We’ve all seen them, or at least pictures of them, the beautifully crafted Faberge Easter eggs made famous in the late 19th century. But what’s so special about them anyway? This week, we’re exploring how a young goldsmith’s art pieces became mini monuments of Russia’s past.



See a complete collection of Faberge style Easter eggs.

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Happy International Women’s Day to all the lovely ladies around the world!! Celebrated every March 8th, the holiday was first observed in the early 1900s in the United States as a way to bring political and social awareness to the struggles of women worldwide. 


Over the years, it blended the cultures of many countries and took particular hold in Europe and the former Soviet Bloc. In many regions the holiday lost its political edge and simply became an occasion for people to express their love and appreciation of women. Think Mother’s Day meets Valentine’s Day.


Candy mix


In Russia and many other former Soviet countries, traditional gifts given to mothers, daughters, grandmothers and aunts include flowers and chocolate. Delicate spring flowers like yellow Mimosas and Lily of the Valley have come to symbolize femininity and are often associated with March 8th.


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