Traditional Russian food was prepared in the oven. Very common was roasting, stewing, frying in a pan in a lot of oil. Very popular on Russian table always were cereals, like buckwheat, and vegetables, like beets and cabbage. In the XVIII century in Russia was Implemented potatoes which soon outpaced all other vegetables.
One of the features of traditional Russian cuisine is that in the old days almost no vegetables were cut in pieces. They were baked and stewed whole, and almost never mixed with each other.
Perhaps no other traditional kitchen in the world has as much variety of soups as Russian food: borsсht, shie or cabbage soup, soljanka, okroshka and so on. Although the word "soup" till the XVIII century in the Russian language did not exist.
Traditionally Russian cuisine uses not only meat of domestic animals and poultry such as beef, pork, lamb, chicken, but also elk meat, quail, grouse. Russians like to cook meat and poultry in jelly (studen', holodez).
Traditional Russian food include a lot of fish dishes. In the old times one of the most popular ways of cooking fish was roasting whole fish in the dough.
Russian culinary tradition is impossible to imagine without a variety of pastries. Gingerbread, cakes, pies, kurniki, sochniki, kulebyaki, donuts, rolls with various fillings with fish, meat, apples, mushrooms, green onion, - the list is endless. Among other pastry dishes - dumplings and pancakes (blini).
Russian popular traditional food includes dairy products. Cheese, yogurt, sour cream, cheesecakes and cheese casseroles are always on Russian table..
Russian traditional drinks tea, kvas, kissel, morse, compote, and, of course, vodka.