Voices from Russia

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Carolling with a “Star” is a Pan-European Custom… it’s NOT “Ukrainian”

Filed under: Christian,Christmas,popular life and customs,Russian — 01varvara @ 00.00

Editor’s Foreword:

Every holiday season one hears the same dreary mantra from Galician nutter nationalists… “this is an exclusively Ukrainian custom”… usually, they’re chock fulla beans. There’s no better proof than a picture… so here are “star singers” from all over Europe. Don’t EVER listen to or argue with Galician nutters (especially Uniates)… it’s pointless. Just know the truth…



Singers from Russia…


Singers from Romania…


Singers from Moldova…


Singers from Poland…


Singers from Byelorussia…


Singers from Germany…


Editor’s Afterword:

There one has it… carolling with the “star” is a pan-European custom… it’s not an “exclusive Ukrainian custom” as one Galician nutter put it. Indeed, many of the songs exist in several languages… So, know the truth and be enlightened.



Bears and Vikings Show Up at New Year’s 2011

Folk dancers in Romania perform an ancient “bear dance” to ward off evil for the New Year…


Scots revellers dressed as Vikings take part in a traditional New Year’s parade for Hogmanay in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK). Hogmanay is the Scots New Year celebration, which eclipses Christmas in Scotland, and takes on many of the features of Christmas in other countries. The majority Presbyterian confession in Scotland discouraged the celebration of the Nativity until very recent times.


1 January 2011. “Proshu k Stolu!” That’s “Good Eats” in Russian… A Remarkable Salad

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

Several years ago, my wife was given this recipe. She immediately tried it out, and was pleasantly surprised with the results. Since New Year’s is just around the corner, here’s an opportunity to surprise your guests.

You’ll need:

  • 4 Tangerines (trust me; you can use canned mandarin orange segments… gowan… I won’t tell anybody… I promise)
  • 100 grammes (4 ounces) Cheese… use a semi-hard, not soft, variety, such as the Tilsit illustrated. You could substitute Emmentaler (Swiss), Gruyère, or Cheddar for the Tilsit.
  • 2 large cloves Garlic
  • 15 millilitres (1 tablespoon) Mayonnaise

The ingredients are truly at your discretion.

Peel the tangerines, cleaning off as much of the white membranes as you can, and cut them into slices. Mince the garlic with a knife… don’t use a garlic press. Minced garlic is far preferable for this recipe.

Next, slice the cheese into small cubes, approximately 5 × 5 millimetres. Grated cheese is NOT suitable for this dish, it turns the salad into a goopy and soggy mess (matchstick is shown to represent the size of the cheese cubes).

Mix together the tangerine slices and the minced garlic.

Add the cheese cubes and mix them in thoroughly.

Then, add about a tablespoon of mayonnaise and mix it well to combine the ingredients. Cover the salad, and let it rest for at least 30 minutes. Then, you can bring it to table and serve it.

You can do many things with this versatile recipe… you could serve it on lettuce leaves… or, you could serve it in tartlet shells… use pomegranate seeds as a garnish… strew over broken walnuts, filberts, or pecans as garniture… add drained canned corn… add raisins to the salad mixture… add cooked shrimp or cold shredded roast beef… use your noggin… it’s what God gave it to you for!

Приятного аппетита. Bon appétit.

27 December 2010

Пельмешки без спешки (Dumplings Without Haste)


The Самогонщики (Russian Moonshiners) Turn 50! 1961-2011

Filed under: cinema,cultural,performing arts,Russian,Soviet period,video — 01varvara @ 00.00

There are two comedies in this compilation… the Moonshiners is the second presentation, starts at about 10 minutes in…


There’s virtually no dialogue in these films… save for a song at the beginning of The Moonshiners… so, if you don’t know Russian, don’t worry! It’s all sight gags. Самогонщики is one of the greatest comedy films ever made in any country… see why Russia loved Yuri Nikulin’s comedic genius. It’s a lot like a Russian Three Stooges… This is 28 minutes of good clean fun…


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