From time to time we get our hands on pre-made, pre-chopped salads in fast food chains, or sometimes pre-washed salad ingredients in the stores. I was thinking the salads were chopped on site in the local fast food place, and wasn't even suspecting that pre-washed chopped greens are using such a
complex conveyor system to get into those plastic bags. But Aslan, the blogger, has visited a place near Moscow where a lot of Moscow fast food salads are being made and now we can see how this is being done in reality. If you are still curious - there is a story inside.
A few days ago Russian government has posted a bill to ban import of different foods coming from Europe and US (also Australia and Canada). It was said that this ban would be active for one year long and its term can be changed at any time. What did they ban? Mostly all dairy and meat products out of these countries, also as I understood all fruit and vegetables are
forbidden to import too. People started already posting photos of empty shelves into their blogs and twitters and instagram accounts that are said to be meant display food connected photos in them. News reports says that the trucks full of foreign foods being turned away from the borders. Some photos here from the shops I stumbled upon today:
Not all of the watermelons in Russia are imported from Mexico. In fact, I doubt that any of them are from Mexico at all, most come from the Southern ex-Soviet states, some from Turkey and Israel, and Spain is a large exporter of fruit to Russia as well. However, there is a traditional source of Russian made watermelons as well. The Astrakhan region of Russia was known for its watermelon harvest well before Communism, serving the old Russia with this fruit in summer. Then through
the USSR era, when the import of watermelons was not very popular, Astrakhan together with Southern republics served big red berries to the tables of the Soviet working class. Now the tradition is still being observed, and sometimes preference is given for the "local" Russian or Astrakhanian watermelons over the "imported" fruit. Last week they officially started harvesting them. Here are a few shots of how its being done made by Yevgeny P.
Grannies of Astana, the Kazakh capital. Sometimes their only option to survive is to sell their homemade food on the streets. Some of them do it to save extra money and help their kids. Some of them are 70 - 80 years old, some as young as 55 as the
retirement age in some ex-Soviet countries starts at 55 for ladies. Some ladies buy their raw produce from the stores, but some grow their food themselves on their plots of land. We can take a more detailed look at them inside.
Medicinal leech therapy made an international comeback in the 1970s in microsurgery, used to stimulate circulation to salvage skin grafts and other tissue threatened by postoperative venous congestion, particularly in finger reattachment and reconstructive surgery of the ear, nose, lip, and eyelid.Other clinical applications of medicinal leech therapy include varicose veins, muscle cramps, thrombophlebitis, and osteoarthritis, among many varied conditions. The therapeutic effect is not from the blood taken in the meal, but from the continued and steady bleeding from the wound left after the leech has detached, as well as the
anesthetizing, anti-inflammatory, and vasodilating properties of the secreted leech saliva.The most common complication from leech treatment is prolonged bleeding, which can easily be treated, although allergic reactions and bacterial infections may also occur. International Centre for the Medicinal Leech was created on the basis that had been formed in 1937 with association "Medpiyavka", which had leeches in the artificial pond near Udelnaya holiday village (Moscow region). If you are not sure you can tolerate images of live leeches then maybe you better don't go further than this!
On Paskha (Russian for Easter) some homes used to serve round cakes with sugary decorative toppings which they call Kulich. According to Wikipedia, those kuliches were a tradition of pre Christian slavic people of Russia, which was sort of ritual bread to celebrate a few important occasions during the year, like the New Year or early spring or in autumn for harvest holiday. Later
however, it got a Russian Orthodox church meaning and now it's sort of connected with Russian Christianity. There are factories specializing in these sorts of cakes closer to Easter, and priests sometimes come to the factory to give their "blessings". The cakes used to be decorated on top, and some of them are decorated by hand using brushes and edible paints:
Salekhard is a city on Russian North, was founded in 1595 and has a population 46,650 people. It has schools, colleges, a few factories and a port. However if you take a snowmobile and run sixty miles away from the city one can see the life of people in the wild like the rain deer owners, living in
traditional houses called "Chums". They author of the photos, Ivan, has took a guide with him, as he didn't risk going on a snowmobile all alone deep into the wilderness. "Staying there is awful, they drink blood!", Ivan says that this is what he was told by a policeman when went there.