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Tea traditions of Russia and the countries of Central Asia

And although tea is not our national drink, its all love, but to use steel for so long that it has become a part of our culture. Suffice it to recall any classic work of literature is the mention of the tea party can be found almost everywhere. And since our country is extremely original, tea ceremony and table decor for tea . always distinguished we have a special originality and uniqueness of design. Let us remember again about our tea traditions, and also about the nuances of table setting for tea.

There are on the planet where tea is a special relationship – that the countries of Central Asia. We will not be divided into separate States each have their own characteristics the use of this drink. We’ll talk about the General features of the tea ceremony and the tea in this Oriental decor, however, so near to us in spirit, the area of the Eurasian continent.

Table decoration for tea. Russia

Probably, many, at the mention of tea party in Russia still remember the picture from reading books on literature: a few extra pounds the landowner is sitting at a richly laid table. near the samovar, and with obvious pleasure drinking tea from the saucer. Continue reading

New year food in Japan

In Japan it is not customary to prepare for the new year holidays. Earlier there was a taboo on cooking in the New year, and the shops were closed for the holidays. So there was a special Japanese new year food — Osechi ryori (osechi ryori) .

Osechi is a set of various dishes, which are placed in special lacquered boxes called jubako. Osechi prepared in advance, and to keep food until the New year, it is prepared in a special way, adding a significant amount of sugar or pickling it.

Osechi ryori looks very nice, because the food is festive, besides Osechi decided to give each other on New year. In Japan, food in General — a common type of gift, so if you will give a couple of pounds of fresh tuna, it will be absolutely fine.

There are plenty of special dishes for Osechi, and each of them has its own symbolic meaning and is called differently.

Gobo Kobumaki (昆布巻) . Kabutomaru gobo – burdock root, wrapped in kombu seaweed and knotted kampyo (dried long strips of gourd) and cooked in broth made from dried sardines (niboshi dashi). Burdock root is very long, therefore, symbolizes the Japanese ideal of life is long and stable. Cooking features are a joy because part of the word “Koba” in the word “kabutomushi” is pronounced as part of “yorokobu”, which means joyful.

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