Voices from Russia

Thursday, 25 November 2010

25 November 2010. “Proshu k Stolu!” That’s “Good Eats” in Russian… Yesterday’s Omelette

Filed under: domestic life,food and cooking,Russian — 01varvara @ 00.00

Editor’s Foreword:

This isn’t traditional “Russian cooking”… it’s how modern Russians cook! Hmm… Modernity seems to have infiltrated Russian life… they don’t live in izbas and they don’t ride in troikas anymore (save as novelties), so, why shouldn’t their attitude to food be contemporary, too? After all, things didn’t stagnate after Dede and Baba left the other side so many moons ago. So… here’s a page from real Russian life of today… enjoy!



Hi, again, everybody! There are a lot of wonderful recipes here, but most of them require extensive preparation and rather unusual ingredients. You can, of course, cook things beforehand, but what do you do if you wake up in the morning, after a holiday, hungry as all hell, but THERE’S NOTHING TO EAT? You can’t run off to the market… that’s not an option; it’s too early in the morning, you’re too lazy anyway, what with the mother of all hangovers and all that. However… as they say, necessity is the mother of invention. So… take a look in your fridge and grab what you can, they’ll be the protagonists of today’s presentation:

In order, from left to right:

  • Salt and Pepper
  • Unsalted butter (for frying) (hey, if do you use salted butter, just cut down on the salt at the end, bubbe)
  • 30 ml Vegetable Oil (preferably sunflower oil, but any oil will do)
  • 100 grammes/ml (about 1/3 cup) Milk
  • 4 Eggs
  • 200-400 grammes (8 ounces-1 pound) Cooked Chicken, boned and chopped. You can substitute whatever you have in the icebox… anything at all, actually, it’s all based on what you have (it would be a good use for some of that leftover Thanksgiving turkey, Virginia)
  • 3 small tomatoes (or 2 large ones)
  • Soy sauce
  • 1 Onion

Here’s how you should shred the chicken:

I gave the bones to the cat, but I kept the meat for this. Oh yes, the starring role in our story goes to my lovely heavy-bottomed cast iron fry pan!

So, the first thing I did was to cut the onion up roughly:

Then, I put the skillet over low heat, melted a knob of butter, and sweated down the onions (stir them around a bit, OK?). Also, put another pot of water on medium-high heat to boil (that’s for the tomatoes):

Cook the onion until it becomes translucent (maybe 5-7 minutes), then, add the shredded chicken, and stir it well to mix it thoroughly:

Cut a shallow “X” into the stem of the tomatoes, and put them in the boiling water for about 10 seconds. Fish them out, drain them, and remove the skins!

In the meantime, remove the chicken and onions from the skillet, place them on a plate, sprinkle them with soy sauce, and lay it aside:

Place your skillet over medium-high heat, throw in another knob of butter and some vegetable oil (the oil will keep the butter from burning), and, then, observe the touching reunion of opposites:

So, what else do you need for your omelette? Yeah, milk! But, how much? Always, my biggest problem is with how much of something I need to add to the dish. So, I rummaged through the Internet, and I found out how much milk you needed for an omelette. So, I measured it, and I poured it in with the eggs. It turned out to be about one hundred grammes for four eggs:

Beat the milk and eggs together with a fork; beat it enough so that the eggs and egg milk form a uniform mixture:

Then, it’s time for the tomatoes… they seem to have forgotten about you and they’re just hanging out on the table. Well, show ‘em who’s boss! Shred them to pieces and add them to the eggs!

Now, it’s the turn of the chicken and onions, too! Salt it to taste, and don’t be stingy with the pepper!

By this time, the oil and butter in your skillet are heated right up, and you’re ready to roll. No wonder… the heat’s on a high setting!

Here’s a little digression… I have an electric stove, so, I set it to maximum heat, and reduced the heat to low when I threw the egg mixture in the pan. Because I use a heavy-bottomed cast iron skillet, the pan retains heat well, and loses heat very slowly. I don’t know how to pull off this trick with a gas stove… should you gradually diminish the temperature? {Actually, heat control is MORE precise with a gas stove, you’d do it the same way; start the heat at medium-high, and turn it down to low when the eggs are added: editor}

Well, dump the whole shooting match in all at once… right into the skillet!

Cover the pan, and set the timer for ten minutes. After seven minutes, it looks like this:

Here it is after ten minutes:

Make some toast, brew up some tea with lemon, and you’re ready to rock n’ roll! It turned out tastier than I expected it to. Приятного вам! Have a good one!

Пельмешки без спешки (Dumplings Without Haste)



Here’s More Links to the Seraphim Storheim Arrest Story…

Filed under: Canada,Christian,Orthodox hierarchs,religious — 01varvara @ 00.00

Here’s what available as of 18.30 25 November:







I am not making this up… it hit the BBC, after all. Reflect on this… everyone at SVS, Syosset, and New Skete were in on the coverup of paedophilia in the OCA. Note well that Mark Stokoe, Frederica Matthewes-Green, Vassa Larina, Andrei Psaryov, Oliver Herberl, John Erickson, Rod Dreher, and Patrick Reardon all willingly joined the coverup “for the good of the Church”.

Deus videte et iudicare.


It’s Just Starting to Sink In…

Filed under: Canada,Christian,Orthodox life,religious,Russian,USA — 01varvara @ 00.00

The enormity of this is sinking in. The police arrested a BISHOP… not for confessing Christ… not for public drunkenness… not for theft… but for child molestation. That speaks volumes about US… we knew what was going on… we did. Everyone knew about Pierre l’Huillier… “We’re waiting for the Frenchman to die”. Everyone knew about Feodosy Lazor’s exploits in the West Village. Everyone heard the stories about the tastes of Benjamin Peterson… it’s why he wasn’t elected Metropolitan.


Forgive us, Lord. We should act like the late great Joe Adamov at Radio Moscow, “Forgive us for having lied to you”. All the filthiness shall come to the surface, it shall be shouted form the rooftops, as the scripture has it. We must all accept our part in it. We allowed this to happen. Forgive us, Lord, for not identifying the guilty parties and removing them, as the MP did with Philaret Denisenko, Diomid Dzyuban, and Nikon Mironov of Yekaterinburg. That was our duty and obligation to Thee, and we failed Thee. Yes… we all had a hand in this. Now, it’s time to clean out the Augean Stables, scrap the hulk of the OCA, and form a united Russian Orthodox Church in the USA, Alaska, and Canada. If you konvertsy wish to join us, that’s grand, but you’ve got to shut up and listen for a change. The past events prove that no American convert is ready for the lower clergy, let alone the priesthood or episcopate. It’s time to recapture the legacy of Leonty Turkevich and Kyprian Borisevich (and of Antony Bartoshevich, as well)… it’s time to purge out and brutally excise the cancer brought in by Aleksandr Schmemann, Ivan von Meyendorff, New Skete, and the HOOMies.


Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Thursday 25 November 2010

Albany NY

What Utter Hypocrisy and Bullshit! Did Wood and His Sidekick Tell Metropolitan Vladimir About the Arrest of Seraphim Storheim?

This it the exact resolution and size of the image on oca.org… note well that’s it’s low res, very tiny, and a crummy image. Matusiak is an incompetent, but he’s a loyal bungler, he’ll print whatever Bobby and Benny tell him to.


Read this:


This is utter bunkum. I would say to Vladyki Vladimir, “These people are posturing liars. Benjamin Peterson, whom you met, was a man rejected by the OCA Sobor for the post of Metropolitan because of widespread tales of alcoholism and homosexuality. You were used in an attempt to whitewash this thoroughly despicable figure. Mr Wood didn’t tell you of the impending arrest of Seraphim Storheim. They used you to legitimise their Mafia operation. You were used, sir; and they used you without any scruple or hesitation”.

I shan’t say any more. I am LIVID that these scheming monkeys from Syosset used the birthday celebrations of an eminent hierarch in an attempt to legitimatise their paedophile-enabling organisation. They posted this, but didn’t post anything on Seraphim’s arrest, which was over 24 hours ago. If you fall for this, you’re as dumb as dirt. Certainly, it makes Patrick Reardon’s recent comment that the OCA was now past its trouble look like deluded nonsense… which it is.

Send Syosset or SVS no money… that’s what you must do. If you send them any money, you become complicit in their decades-long charade and scam. In any case, where did the OCA get the money for this expensive little gallivant? It WASN’T in their published budget. God DO help us all.


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