Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

6 September 2016. It’s Time for the “Silent Hunt!”

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It’s time for the “silent hunt”… that’s what people in Eastern Europe and Russia call the search for mushrooms in the autumn forest. Everybody has their “secret spots” hidden from all others… as you can see, hoo boy, the haul is humongous. Just about everybody dries most of them for the winter. As for me, I’m partial to gribi (mushrooms) any way that I can get them… I’m not picky… get yer grubbies on and get on out there!

BMD

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

Monday, 22 September 2014

22 September 2014. The “Quiet Hunt”… That be “Mushrooming” for Them Not in the Know…

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Mushrooming in Ivanovo Oblast

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Russians are PASSIONATE about mushrooms… we love ’em! No, we LOVE ‘EM! Any which way we can get ’em, and any which way you care to prepare ’em, most Russians are the head of the queue when it comes to mushroom appreciation. If you go mushrooming, ya gotta wear yer grubbies and your rubber wellies… no two ways about it! Use a wicker basket to carry your prizes… if you use plastic bags, they turn into undifferentiated goo. This is the most popular “hunt” in Russia, hands down… them griby be Good Eats…

BMD

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