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Russia, Europe
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Subject: 'Mastering Russian Veggies By Nataliya Vasilyeva'
Posted by JohnnySensible on: Wednesday, April 09, 2008 at 05:47 PM PST

April 9, 2008
Mastering Russian Veggies
By Nataliya Vasilyeva
Special to Russia Profile

Excerpts -
Contrary to Popular Belief, Meat Is Not a Central Ingredient in Genuine Russian Cuisine
With the largest part of the population living in the countryside until 1917, the Russian cuisine is based on the cooking of peasants. Syrnikov notes that meat was a rare ingredient in rural meals. “Peasants would eat meat only on holidays. It was hard to get, hard to store, and also there was a lot of fasting to do. They would cook it to store and eat very little of it.”

Others maintain that Russians subconsciously shun meat not only because of the culinary tastes, but also due to a wide-spread animal-loving sentiment. “A Russian peasant won’t slaughter a pig without getting drunk beforehand and shedding a tear afterwards,” said Pasha Voytinsky. “There’s also this idea of ‘blessed are those who mercy the cattle’ in the Orthodox tradition. Then, we have babushkas who compulsively feed stray dogs.”

Subject: 'Easier food'
Posted by ampallang on: Sunday, August 05, 2007 at 06:59 AM PST
You are likely to find some 24 shops that have salad delis. I went to a few and usually they have a potato and tomato purree salad and a rice and vegie salad that are vegan.
Also it is more likely that a younger person will try and help you than an older person. Some places that do pizzas will do a vegetarian pizza without the cheese. More places dontä use eggs in the dough.

Subject: 'for vegetarians heading to Moscow'
Posted by Guest on: Sunday, February 26, 2006 at 05:03 PM PST
A compilation of materials to Moscow-bound vegetarians: www.unclepasha.com/vegetarian_russia.htm Vegetarian cafes & restaurants in Moscow, vegetarian-friendly B&Bs, history of the vegetarian movement in Russia etc.

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