What we know about diet of our ancestors?

If you ask a foreigner, which is a Slavic cuisine, you'll probably hear back (if ever hear anything), words such as pancakes, dumplings, but rather vodka. Especially advanced, however, can be called a soup. However, traditional dumplings for northerners — Finnish and Ugrian, on Shrove Tuesday in the old days did not bake pancakes, and biscuits, firewood, and vodka Mendeleev invented only in the XIX century.

Slavic feast called bleed off. From what she could consist of? For the daily food of the Slavs were widely used grains, ie cereals: buckwheat, peas, barley, barley, wheat, except that there was no rice. Of milk fed fermented baked milk, milk and cheese. Were very common soups (including Botwin, ear and gruzdyanka) and soup (usually acidic, but also mushrooms, thick (with pearl barley) or meat). Potatoes, which all now so used to, of course, was not, at least until the XVIII century. But the prepared meat and fish dishes, or rather not even dishes and bake and broil or carcass whole or in large pieces. So cook chicken, ducks, geese, pigs, beef. As condiments were in the course of such herbs like St. John's wort, thyme, oregano, tarragon, juniper, nettle and raspberry, as well-known parsley, horseradish and dill. There were even overseas spices imported by merchants (but certainly not all) — is, for example, cinnamon, bay leaves, ginger. As for drinks, who does not know about the brew and jelly? However, not everybody knows about sbiten and that it was in the old days instead of tea. Tea, like sugar, too, was not. Rather drink willowherb, who was not a cult drink. Generally herbal decoctions of were very popular. By the way, after all, were alcoholic drinks: brewed beer and mead.
Sweet on the table can be seen berries, apples and honey. A separate category — different liver, of which there are many types and range greatly depending on the region. Well, for example, donuts, bagels and cakes known throughout Russia, but loaves, rolls and kozuli better known mainly in the north. And there were very real candies that were made from molasses at home without any candy factories.
Restaurants and cafes, such as Bono restaurant, Naturally, too, was not met. I must say, food service has been developed quite weak, and such institutions as the European bars, not at all. There were snacks and tea, and then they began to appear in major cities only except in the XVIII — XIX centuries.

There were seasonal differences in the diet dictated by the rhythms of nature. It is in our time have refrigerators and imported fruits and vegetables, which is no surprise. In ancient times the same fruit, herbs and vegetables ought to be eaten before the season, that is, in the summer and fall. Other typical for warm foods — milk and honey.
In most of Russia harsh winters, but because the body requires a lot of heat and energy. Here come to the aid of meat, bacon, corned beef, and fish. Canned food, of course, the concept of the modern, but pickled or fermented in vats cucumbers and cabbage are particularly good for the winter table.
Well, the last feature of the power of our ancestors — a post which, of course, is not the invention of Christians. This fasting period, allowing a break from the heavy meat diet, and be clean of accumulated toxins and normalize metabolism.

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