Voices from Russia

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Christmas Fair Begins in Frankfurt am Main…

Filed under: Christmas,EU,popular life and customs,social life and customs — 01varvara @ 00.00

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Here’s the opening of the traditional Christmas Fair in Frankfurt am Main… I love things like this. You have censorious bluenoses who want to cut out the “commercial side” of the holiday and only want a priggish and tight-arsed “religious” celebration of the holiday. I have news for them… it won’t fly. These latter-day knock-offs of Savonarola can take their Bonfire of the Vanities and hold it at a large remove from me. I’m all for St Nick and Ded Moroz, the Christ Child and Rudolph the Redneck Reindeer, and the Mother of God and Frosty the Snowman. They don’t conflict with one another… I truly do believe that there are sorts who can’t abide fun and gaiety. I’m NOT one of them, and don’t peddle your rubbish here… I won’t have it.

It’s time to get ready for the holiday… and it’s not a bad time at all. Cheers!

BMD

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28 November 2010. Our “Smaller Brothers”… Братья наши меньшие

Filed under: animals,Russian,science — 01varvara @ 00.00

Editor’s Foreword:

One of my fave Russian sites has this as a regular feature… it’s a good idea. We Russians call the animals our “little brothers” (my friend Moses informs me that the Alaska Native people do likewise)… they’re God’s creatures too… don’t forget, both man and beast are equally God’s creations. I don’t go in for “animal rights”, mind you, but we owe our animal compatriots dignity and respect as God’s fellow creations. A Russian theologian once wrote that animals were only affected by the Fall because of Mankind’s fault. That’s something to think about…

BMD

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28 November 2010. “Proshu k Stolu!” That’s “Good Eats” in Russian… Pasta Sonya

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

Hi there, all of you. Finally, our marvellous Brazilian Carnival subsided a bit, and I suddenly had a little more time on my hands. Today, I want to bring to your attention a pasta dish that gathers some of my favourite ingredients into a nice impromptu ensemble. Despite all the Fourth of July fireworks, I don’t know why my family decided to name this dish after our daughter Sonya, who was born a week ago. 🙂

You’re going to need the following ingredients:

  • Cooked smoked ham or chopped bacon (or, how about some leftover Thanksgiving turkey?)
  • Cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • Courgette/Zucchini
  • Royal mushrooms (brown in colour, with denser texture is denser)
  • Fresh basil
  • Linguine (use can use spaghetti or any other long pasta to your taste)
  • 2-3 Garlic cloves
  • Virgin olive oil
  • Pine nuts

Use a mandoline to cut the courgettes/zucchini into long thin strips:

Cut up the ham into julienne strips:

Now, wash the basil leaves, then, let them dry on absorbent paper. Place some olive oil in a pan (actually, a wok would be nice) over medium heat and sauté the pine nuts for a short time… be careful, they burn easily, you only want to “open them up”, not burn them up! Remove the pine nuts from the pan, and drain them on absorbent paper

Now, add the basil leaves to the pan. Keep a watchful eye on it, it burns easily, so keep mindful and don’t let yourself be distracted. You want the basil to be crisp, like potato chips, but you don’t want to burn it. Drain the basil on absorbent paper, pour the oil into a clean container, and reserve it. Everything’s ready now, we’ve got a great garnish and tasty oil with great aroma.

Then, sauté the mushrooms over medium heat in a little oil until they’re golden brown, remove them from the pan, and set them aside for now.

Pour the reserved basil-impregnated olive oil into the pan, add the ham strips and sauté them for about three minutes.

Add the zucchini/courgette strips and mix it all together gently.

Add the chopped cherry tomatoes and garlic, stir it all together, then, let it cook for about half a minute.

Add the cooked mushrooms.

Cook linguine, or your pasta of choice, in the customary way and drain it. Add salt and pepper to the contents of the pan to your taste. Add the linguine to the pan, stir it well to combine everything thoroughly, and let it heat through for about a minute.

Take the pan off the heat, divide it on serving plates, and garnish it with the pine nuts and fried basil. By the way, the fried basil is great, it makes the dish.

Bon Appétit and be well, my friends…

Пельмешки без спешки (Dumplings Without Haste)

http://nnm.ru/blogs/8rahman/pasta_sonya/

28 November 2010. You Can’t Make Up Shit Like This… Somebody Meant This to be Taken SERIOUSLY

Filed under: humour/wry/"people are funny" — 01varvara @ 00.00

Oh, yes, they did, Mr Emu… people ARE funny…

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Editor’s Foreword:

This is a straight cut-and-paste. It DOES take all kinds… by the way, all this proves is that there are Muslim nutters out there… it DOESN’T prove that all Muslims are nutters. Don’t forget, we have our fair share of looney-toons too! Let’s see… Paffhausen, Nelson, Peterson, Eliel, Larina… nope, we’ve got no call to point fingers and call names… we’re as sinful-ginful as any of the rest!

BMD

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KGB CHURCH SATANISM. Lutheran Church of Finland condemns occult practice by KGB Directorate ‘Russian orthodox church’

According to a report from our correspondent in Helsinki, Finland, the IRR / TV Itäportti, an official publication of the Lutheran Church of Finland (LCF) in its new issue (the online version is not yet available) # 6 condemned the KGB Religious Directorate, which is also known by the name “Russian Orthodox Church” (ROC), or “Moscow Patriarchate”. The magazine published a collection of articles on Russia and notes that “the ROC is engaged in occult and hypnosis practices to the detriment of its parishioners”. The magazine of the Lutheran Church of Finland which was released on the eve of Christmas, urges all Christian churches worldwide to condemn the Satanic ROC, and indicates that the ROC is NOT a Christian church.

The magazine also tells what Russia really is as a country. Finnish Christians write that Russia is a country of secret police and that a KGB-FSB dictatorship reigns there. The rights of Christians to practice their religion are very limited in this country. KC correspondent reports that the publications in the official magazine of the LCF of the articles about the true nature of the KGB/FSB-ROC and the bloody Satanic country of Russia is likely caused by criminal activities of Putin’s extremist pope Juha Molari. It is suggested that Molari, operating under the cover of a “vicar” in the Lutheran Church of Finland, secretly converted to KGB Church Orthodoxy during one of his visits to Russia (Russian media hinted at this). In KGBist Russia, was ordained as a ROC priest and now almost openly coverts his Lutheran congregation near Helsinki to Satanism. He publicly prays in public in front of an icon of Satan on the steps of the main Lutheran Cathedral in Helsinki and demands to put in the Cathedral a head (“bust”) of Lenin for worshiping. For the majority of Christians worldwide, Lenin (alias Zio Blank) is considered to be a demon.

28 November 2010

Department of Monitoring

Kavkaz Center

http://kavkazcenter.com/eng/content/2010/11/28/12989.shtml

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