The Soviet, later Russian, New Year is a very unique phenomenon appeared as a symbiosis of our antique tradition of rich zast’olje (long Russian feasts with rich foods lasted for several days) & restrictions of the Soviet epoch when most people were deprived of any opportunity to celebrate anything in the proper Russian way. Lack of food, a permanent deficiency of something delicious usually appeared before New Year created special conditions when a rich long celebration became possible.
The Soviet New Year is far more than a good table, relatives & friends gathered together, caviar & Finish salami, (I’m sorry I’m not certain it has been the Finish at all but it was a trendy product for festive time), served. It is mentality that united modest believes & dreams of the whole Soviet country, its hopes for a better year & a better life. I suppose that there were even those who believed that the communism would finally begin since the New Year…Anyway, I’m out of political metamorphoses. 😊
We should take into consideration the stated above when we cook our complicated salads or any other dishes as one won’t be able to reconstruct the true environment of the Russian New Year without these philosophical preparations. As soon as main dishes from our festive menu are done, I will add them with the drinks & other additional appetizers to have the table completed.