Voices from Russia

Saturday, 1 August 2015

1 August 2015. The Hunt for “Wild Food” in Omsk Oblast

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Not only do Russian people love growing things at the dacha, they love going into the countryside and forests to “hunt” for “wild food”, mainly mushrooms and fruits… although they also gather herbs, wild veggies, and certain roots. Most people dry the mushrooms and herbs, pickle the veggies and roots, and make preserves of the fruits. It’s all part of the Russian character…

BMD

Saturday, 25 July 2015

25 July 2015. Translated Russian Demot… Inspire People to Make Compote!

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This demot “lives” on several levels. Firstly, of course, it promotes happy sustainable living off the land at one’s dacha (it’s why the Russian government gives people free plots for dachas, dontcha know). Secondly, it’s arguing for a healthy society with a clear and emphatic defence of REAL family values. Thirdly, and most importantly, it’s calling Russian people to return to their roots in the Russian land, to embrace a healthy form of “blood and soil”… without any racist elements (that is, it’s open to everybody, of all nationalities and creeds). What’s not to like? Besides, dacha food is awesome… as one friend put it, “the best in the world!”

BMD

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

22 July 2015. A Blast from the Russian-American (and Jewish) Past… Swee-Touch-Nee Tea

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It seemed like many Jewish and Russian-American families had the familiar red tin. The name is an attempt at translating “flowery”… you can still get it on Amazon, I think. I’ll check again. A BLAST FROM THE PAST! There was a political statement in the tea, too! Jews who were more favourable towards Russia drank Swee-Touch-Nee. Russophobic and rabidly Zionist Jews drank Wissotsky’s. To a degree, this still holds true! Yes… you can still find Swee-Touch-Nee in the Jewish foods section of many stores (but the loose-leaf variety, I fear, has gone the way of all flesh). Some have spotted it at some Wegmans locations…

BMD

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I’ve passed this tea countless times in the kosher section of my grocery store; it’s labelled “The Aristocrat of Teas”. I’ve read many Amazon.com reviews from people delighted to reconnect with the Swee-Touch-Nee Tea they so fondly remember from their childhood growing up the New York City area. However, sometimes, we develop nostalgia for things that, as adults, we realise really weren’t that great. I assumed this was the case with Swee-Touch-Nee. I was kind of wrong. It’s not the greatest tea, but I appreciate many not-so-great teas, and this one has some characteristics that make it worthwhile. The aroma always appears sweet and vegetal to me. Sometimes, I notice a woody quality, sometimes, I detect a bit of sweet spice (whatever that is). It goes down smooth with pleasant astringency, and it seems to pack quite a caffeine punch. Although Swee-Touch-Nee tea’s medium body holds up fairly well to milk, I find it best enjoyed without. A little sweetener or lemon would be okay. Swee-Touch-Nee, in case you’re wondering, transliterates the Russian word “tsvetochny”,’ which means flowery. Strangely enough, today, my wife asked me, “What was that tea you made the other morning that tasted flowery?” Perhaps, her concise analysis is more accurate than mine is.

11 November 2013

Leo Kapusta

Second Cuppa

http://www.secondcuppa.com/swee-touch-nee-tea-review/

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Yes, we have one of the red tins on the porch… all of us “of a certain age” probably have them… it’s a real “blast from the past”…

BMD

Sunday, 19 July 2015

19 July 2015. Some Russian Good Sense

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Спасибо тем людям, которые вошли в мою жизнь и сделали её прекрасной. И ещё, спасибо тем людям, которые вышли из неё, и сделали её ещё лучше.

Thanks to those people that came into my life and made it beautiful. Also, thanks to the people that made my life even better by getting out of it.

Need I add more?

BMD

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