Saturday, 31 January 2015

Belarusian Beef Salad (Paparats Kvetka)

This salad got its name from the fern flower (Paparats Kvetka), a magic flower in Slavic mythology. Slices of beef, ham, tomatoes and cucumbers high-light this attractive main-dish salad. Marinated onion adds a special touch to it, a nice change from usual salads.

Ingredients

8 ounces
beef (sirlion steak)
1⁄2 pound
deli ham
1
cucumber (medium)
2
tomatoes (medium)
1
onion (medium)
5 tablespoons
white vinegar
1⁄3 teaspoon
sugar
1⁄4 teaspoon
salt
 
mayonnaise (to taste)

Instructions

1. Place the meat in a pot, cover it with water. Bring the pot to a boil, put a cover on it so the water doesn't all evaporate, and then set it to a gentle boil. Cook for about 40 minutes. (You can fry the beef for 5 minutes on each side instead).

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Yanka Kupala

Yanka Kupala — was the pen name of Ivan Daminikavich Lutsevich, a Belarusian poet and writer. Kupala is considered one of the greatest Belarusian-language writers of the 20th century.

Kupala was born on July 7, 1882 in Viazynka, a folwark settlement near Maladzyechna. His family was of Szlachta origins. Kupala received a traditional Belarusian education, completing his studies in 1898. 

Kupala's first serious literary attempt was "Ziarno", a Polish-language sentimental poem which he completed around 1903-1904 under the pseudonym "K-a." His first Belarusian-language work ("Мая доля") was dated July 15, 1904. Kupala's first published poem, "Мужык" ("Peasant"), was published approximately a year later, appearing in Belarusian in the Russophone Belarusian newspaper "Severo-Zapadnyi Krai" (Northwestern Krai) on 11 May 1905. A number of subsequent poems by Kupala appeared in the Belarusian-language newspaper "Nasha Niva" from 1906 to 1907.

He died after falling down a flight of stairs in Moscow (1942); some speculate that he was actually murdered. His widow helped to establish a literary museum in Belarus.

Malitva
I will pray with the heart and thoughts
I will pray with my soul
For the black problems, and a blizzard
Never wailed over my native land.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Rushnik of Neglyubka

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Happy Old New Year! (video and an explanation of the holiday)

Belarus is one of the few countries in the world, where people celebrate the Old New Year - the holiday, which confuses many foreigners when they first hear about it. It’s not an official day-off, but many people take the celebration of the Old New Year rather seriously!

Sunday, 11 January 2015

"Na Kalyady" - a very touching Christmas song

This is a very touching song about Christmas. It tells the story about the ancient Belarusian town of Kreva, about beloved woman - she knocked snow boots and did not notice how late evening came and the snow again pours from the sky. And Christmas is coming. Snow going and going, and there is no way to go home. Women need to fly across the sky. From snowflakes to snowflakes, From Christmas trees to Christmas trees  - into the arms of the man she loved.

In the video you will see a cute cat who lives in the ancient Belarusian town. You will see the modern realities of Belarus - the people standing in line at the bank))) You'll see a nice clip, which has just been created.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Merry Christmas!


I am dreaming of white Christmas, 
with every Christmas card I write, 
May your days be merry and bright, 
and May all your Christmases be white. 



Thursday, 1 January 2015

Belarusian radio

Hey! I added a list of Belarusian radio stations in my blog! You'll find it in the right column (after "Weather in Belarus"). You will see a playlist below and a list of links to the Belarusian radio stations (national and local, state, private and independent). Now you can hear what people are listening in Belarus, what music is playing in the cars in my country))))

What music is playing in the Belarusian radio? Well, we have a rule: 75% of the music should belong to the Belarusian performers and only 25% of the content may be owned by foreign artists. Also, mostly FM stations broadcast in Russian, to my sorrow.

Belarusian band "Yavarovy lyudzi" (Toronto) wishes Happy New Year!