Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

12 August 2014. A Photo Essay… There be GOOD EATS in the Russian Army!

00 russian army cooks 01. 12.08.14

They’re cookin’ up goulash, borshch, and kasha… the soldiers say that the enemy could tell their positions by the yummy smell (it spreads for metres around).

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00 russian army cooks 02. 12.08.14

A KP-30 field kitchen cooks meals for 30 guys.

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00 russian army cooks 03. 12.08.14

“I’m not a chef! I’m a COOK!” thundered Senior Cook-Instructor Vitaly Razamazov. For 15 years, he’s fed the crew of the Guards cruiser Varyag. He made his famous pea soup, stewed meat with kasha, and compote.

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00 russian army cooks 04. 12.08.14

Submariners get special rations, which include red wine and caviar. All ships on extended deployment receive additional allotments of kolbasa and meat.

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00 russian army cooks 05. 12.08.14

It only took five minutes! The cook decorated this vinagret with rosettes of carrot and pickles.

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00 russian army cooks 06. 12.08.14

Now, that borshch with salo… that’s GOOD EATS!

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00 russian army cooks 07. 12.08.14

Russian rations have 4,000 calories per day, the largest in the world.

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00 russian army cooks 08. 12.08.14

The standard bill of fare includes over 200 items… it includes Russian, Belarusian, Ukrainian, and Georgian national foods.

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00 russian army cooks 09. 12.08.14

However, the staff of life is still bread… and army bakers can still bake it under field conditions.

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Of course, the troops bitch and moan about the food (all good soldiers do)… they call it “Belka and Strelka” (two Sov dogs shot into space… it’s a Russian way of saying Ken-L-Ration). Nonetheless, they chow it down, and most of it is objectively good (just like the US mess halls… they do put out high-quality stuff… just pop in on Thanksgiving and find out).

BMD

Adapted from a piece in Komsomolskaya Pravda http://msk.kp.ru/daily/26266/3144635/

Thursday, 19 September 2013

19 September 2013. What Life Magazine Thought was a “Traditional Russian Breakfast” in 1972

00 traditional russian breakfast. 1972. 19.09.13

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In 1972, Life magazine published a series of photographs on the subject of breakfast. This acquainted readers with traditional breakfast items in different parts of the world. How close the creators of this collection came to the truth, well, one can tell from the description of the “traditional Russian breakfast“. It was something out of a 19th century Russian novel… not at all like a contemporary breakfast in Russia today. The “traditional Russian breakfast” included dark bread, sour cherry jam, blini, smoked fish, kisel, tea, and kasha. That would be nice… if one could get it…

BMD

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