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Saturday, 11 December 2010

11 December 2010. “Proshu k Stolu!” That’s “Good Eats” in Russian… Spicy Aubergines

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

This weekend, I just wanted to do a simple little post with aubergines, it’ll come in handy, and it’s good, besides. We call them Tankina aubergines… why do we call them Tankinas and not just “spicy aubergines?” That’s because Tankina is the name of my wife’s friend, and they always treat us with these lovelies whenever we’re in Odessa… always to great cheers! I already did a post about them along time ago, but it wasn’t a step-by-step and detailed recipe…

There’s nothing complicated in this recipe at all, here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2.5 kilos (5.5 pounds) Aubergine (Eggplant)
  • 1.25 kilos (2.75 pounds) Red Capsicums (Bell Peppers)
  • 75 grammes (>3 ounces) Hot red chilli peppers
  • 75 grammes (>3 ounces) Garlic
  • 125 millilitres (1/2 cup) vinegar

Chop up the capsicums, garlic, and chilli pepper roughly, and pass them through a food mill or put them in the food processor, mince them up roughly, and add the vinegar to the mass, and mix it in thoroughly.

You can cut up the aubergines as you will, this time, I did it this way…

Fry them up, you don’t need to use a lot of oil, and season them with salt and pepper.

After they’re done, slather the prepared sauce over them, and place them carefully in a bowl, but do note that in my experience these hold for a week at most. However, don’t worry; they’ll be all eaten up quickly…

Cover the bowl with clingfilm and let it sit at least overnight in the fridge…

After you do that, you’ll begin to notice that the value of the average number of openings of the icebox increases exponentially.

These go well with chilled vodka and dill pickles, and you can also add garlic, dill, horseradish, ginger root, and hot red pepper….

It’s really just a simple appetizer; your glass will try to jump into the dish with it, it’s no trouble at all to whip up… so, we added crisp toasted bread rounds and accompanied it with herring on black bread.

Well, now that the spicy eggplants are ready, you can safely begin with a jigger of chilled spirits, bringing forth memories of those who gave you life…

Приятного аппетита. Bon appétit. You’ll enjoy these aubergines.

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11 December 2010. A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words. Christ in China… Eppur si muove!

Filed under: China,Christian,cultural,religious,Roman Catholic — 01varvara @ 00.00

No matter what, Christianity hangs on in China… the worst of the persecutions are over, there’s no longer a “Cultural Revolution”. This looks like a Catholic chapel of some sort. The Russian website labelled it as a Proddie church… but I doubt that… there’s a rosary and Sacred Heart, after all. None of us have THIS to face… so… quit yer bitchin’. We DON’T face persecution or state control, yet we cower in the corner whenever a Lebedeff or Behr or Stokoe issues yet another loud coverup and lie.

Ura! for the Chinese believers! The Orthodox believers in the West get the soggy cardboard box… it’s time to stand tall and shake off the lethargy!



11 December 2010. Only in Russia… A Cucumber Museum!

Where else but in Russia would you find a stuffed plush cucumber with a hat sitting in a chair as a museum exhibit? Smile… it won’t hurt ya!


A Sectarian Mother Locked Her Daughter in the Cellar in Chelyabinsk Oblast

Filed under: health care/social issues,legal,moral issues,Russian — 01varvara @ 00.00

In the town of Zlatoust in Chelyabinsk Oblast, a mother, a member of a well-known and notorious sect, severely abused her teenage daughter for her so-called “sins”; now, the girl is now safely in a rehab centre. “My mum beat me with whatever was at hand… she used a rope [as a whip], a stick [as a club]. She struck me all over… on my head; all over my body… she even locked me naked in the cellar for several hours. I was warned not to say anything about it to my classmates and friends”, according to the 13-year-old schoolgirl victim quoted by the newspaper Комсомольская правда (Komsomolskaya Pravda, “KP”) on Thursday.

According to a spokesman for the Zlatoust City Court, the woman forced the girl to memorise religious texts, so-called “mantras” (a set of words, the repetition of which, according to the sect’s “leader”, leads to eternal happiness: Interfax), and forbade her to eat meat. The Prokuratura brought a criminal case against the woman, and the rehabilitation centre backed her daughter’s account, but her mother wouldn’t let the affair rest. Up to the present, she’s hung around the shelter and stalked her daughter at school, the mother demanded that her daughter return home and badgered her to repudiate her testimony, which caused a scandal, and drove her daughter to tears. According to the court, the mother justified herself by saying that she was just dealing with a disobedient daughter, and she dealt out a few slaps. She said that her daughter wasn’t exemplary in her conduct, for she stole money and broke things in the house. However, the mother didn’t deny her guilt and promised to seek psychological help, if her daughter was returned to her.

The Court abridged the woman’s parental rights; she has to meet her daughter in a controlled setting at the rehabilitation centre. If, during this time, the mother doesn’t reform and doesn’t regain her daughter’s trust, she’ll be prohibited from contacting the child. The court decision hasn’t yet entered into legal force; it may yet be appealed. “This woman’s behaviour is nothing out of the ordinary for sects; it’s typical of the aggressive behaviour found in sectarian adherents. They’re organisations imbued with fanaticism; they provoke people to act like they’re mentally disordered”, Konstantin Putnik, Deputy Director of the Missionary Department of the Diocese of Chelyabinsk, said in comments on the behaviour of the mother. He pitied the girl, “She’s of an age when the psyche is very vulnerable to damage from violence from people belonging to extremist sects, who often have a crankish system of moral parameters”, he said.

9 December 2010



Editor’s Note:

There’s a reason why the Russian government is leery of sectarians… they have cultish and odd behaviour, and children are often hurt by them, as this court case illustrates. There’s a reason why Mark Stokoe hates the Russian government’s vigorous actions against the excesses of the sects. A sectarian cabal has infiltrated and contaminated the upper reaches of the OCA… just look at dubious sorts such as the HOOMies and Matthew Tate… and the smirky toleration of Isidore Brittain and Seraphim Storheim.

God willing, the Canadian court will move relatively quickly, and find Storheim guilty. Then, we can move against the konvertsy and burn them out, root and branch. They’re a cancer… you don’t compromise with a cancer… you kill it, utterly and without mercy. That’s what we have to do… and do it thoroughly and without emotion. Converts will have to choose… they can have the REAL Church of the ages with all of its quirks and imperfections or they can have an illusionary phantasmic golem ginned up by delusionary former Sectarians and Episkies. It shan’t be easy… choose well. The fate of your immortal soul DOES depend on it.


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