Russia has very short summers that last only 3 months.Then the long,cold winter months kick in and people are forced to stay indoors. During our stay in Russia I have seen how much people appreciate and enjoy the warm weather. Over weekends people head down to the beach or parks. We have visited many beautiful parks with lots of trees and the one thing we always did was to take a blanket,basket and food for a picnic.
I love picnics.
Every time someone takes something out of the basket I Imagine it is Christmas. Food gifts carefully unwrapped. Hand picked and selected for special occasions. Picnics are indeed special occasions. People take time from their busy schedules to get together,share food and drinks, laugh a little,cry a little and leave with a big smile and hug at the end of the day.
What typical food is in a Russian picnic basket?
- Wine,Vodka or fruit juice
- Eggs (if you are going for a full day)
- Different kinds of cold meat (not sliced) that looks almost like salami
- Bread, always bread
- Tomato and cucumber
- Biscuits or something for the people with a sweet tooth
A lot more preparation goes into planning the basket if you are planning to spend a day in one place. In August we were invited to join Andrey`s mom and a group of women from her Veteran Club on an excursion to a place called Lesnoy at the Baltic Sea. I was surprised to see how much effort the women have put into preparing the food. Each woman prepared something delicious. We even had fresh fish and caviar!
They spread all the food on a blanket and ate very little themselves. They took pleasure in seeing us enjoying the food.
After a delicious meal you either lie down for a little while and rest the eyes or you get up and start walking to burn all the extra calories. I have very fond memories of these memorable get-together`s.
Where: Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia