Well, there are also щи (cabbage soup), уха (fish soup), солянка (a spicy soup with vegetables and meat or fish), харчо (spiced mutton soup), рассольник (a meat or fish soup with pickled cucumbres), окрошка (cold kvass soup with chopped vegetables and meat - try it if you dare), and numerous other types. You won't go hungry.
I can't wait longer. I answer my own question. Despite its centuries-long history, there is no consistent recipe for borshch. Each Russian family cooks it in its own way, passing on the secret from one generation to another. The most important thing about preparation is that the soup must be both fiery red and clear, with the fat on the surface slightly orange. Commonly this course is made in a big pot to feed everybody for several days. Impressively, it seems only more delicious the next day. A classic borshch formula includes beetroot, cabbage, potato, onion, carrot, tomatoes, garlic, rib of pork and what is most important – mature bacon. These ingredients are usually long-stored and contain all necessary nutrients. People in some Russian regions make a special sauce, which is used as the base for cooking borshch all year round. Shortly before serving, one can put a spoon of sour cream and chopped fresh greens into the plate. Russiapedia.
You are right, all the Russians cook it in their own way. The base that one should have to cook any ( not vegetarian) soup is a meat broth ( especially with pork ribs). Then one can incorporate there vegetables like grated carrots fried with onions , potatoes, white cabbage, etc. And then vegetables are not mixed up like in a French Velouté.)) It was a lyrical digression ))
- Мой is for masculine nouns.
- Моя is for feminine nouns.
Nouns which end in 'a' tend to be feminine.
Don't focus on memorizing the grammar too much; matching the gender of a noun while declining adjectives is really not important in being understood.
Russian noun grammar is complex to the point that natives will be incorrect sometimes when they match adjectives to nouns based upon the three criteria.
Has anyone new to Russian found that the spellings are much like solving puzzles? I noticed that right off the bat. Cryptograms in crossword books to be specific. It takes some memorizing, but once you get the hang of it, it goes faster. I'm not sure how far I'll get with Russian, but for now it's quite interesting.
I tried Russian soon after I first started Duolingo's app (unaware of the website at first) because I was curious how Duolingo would handle teaching a language with a different alphabet. I burned out in 2-3 weeks and quit. Then I came back to it a year later, after I finished the Spanish tree. Something is keeping me motivated now and I'm not really sure why or how. Russian is so hard for me that the new repetitious crown system actually works better for me. Spelling correctly in my native American English always came easily to me, and Spanish spelling came to me easily, too. But in the Cyrillic alphabet, I am a terrible speller! Spellings in the Roman alphabet stick in my mind so easily, but spellings in Cyrillic I am having to drill over and over and over. They just don't "stick" in my mind at all!
I understand there was a period in Russia when only certain vegetables were available. Beets and cabbages were more plentiful than other vegetables, so people learned to make due by creating soup variations. Sometimes potatoes were added when available. They also used to add cream. I make a 7-day fat burning borsch. Green peppers, celery, tomatoes, V-8 juice, cabbage, onions (leeks are better), and chicken broth or onion soup mix. Potatoes are good, but keep in mind they add extra calories. Enjoy!
I had to copy the alphabet on pen and paper from other websites and I still burned out (quit trying) in two weeks. But when I came back (to the Russian alphabet in Duolingo) a year later, it was easier. And I find the new repetitive crown level lessons are well suited to the necessary drilling.