Thursday, March 22, 2018

Cooking is a Game You Can Eat w. Toad in the Hole, Bubble and Squeak, Gratie Taties & more -- Vintage Cookbook TBT

Vintage Cookbook: Cooking is a Game You Can Eat, Fay Maschler

Publication Details: Kestrel Books, 1975

The cookbook we are looking at today is a really cute British one, released in the 70s, that tries not to simply teach basic cooking techniques to kids but to make cooking seem fun -- which it is by the way!

We have looked at cookbooks of a similar type before in posts like The Ideals Junior Chef Cookbook w. Tuna Sports Cars, Texas Dean, a Football Party & more -- Vintage Cookbook TBT or Mary Poppins in the Kitchen w. Dundee Cake, Welsh Rarebit, Yorkshire Pudding & more! -- Vintage Cookbook TBT

Being from the UK this one has lots of British classics like Yorkshire Pudding and Bubble and Squeak. It also has truly charming illustrations by Malcolm Bird. 

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yet a future

and I find myself counting down
to events that will never come
I find myself looking back
towards a past I cannot reclaim
I find myself wondering what exactly it is that I have done wrong

we are so much more and so much less than that
short remembrances given at family gatherings
or those old contempts spoken quietly across small tables
the furtive smile and the withdrawn compliment

a spinning and a swirling and
there we are again
together in those moments we wish to recreate
asking for a revival not a requiem

a requiem is what is left now

rise as you must every morning
what else is there
owing it as we all do to others
and to a future unwritten though seeming more narrow

yet a future

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Trade Union Health Resorts and Spas of the Soviet Ukraine - USSR 1983

Today we are looking at a postcard folder published in the USSR in 1983. This folder is a departure from many of the others we have looked at in the past in that its subject matter is not a city or standard tourist attraction, but rather a look at the remarkable health resorts that had been built in the Soviet Ukraine.

One of the most remarkable achievements of Soviet socialism was the creation of an extensive and comprehensive healthcare system available to all. In fact, many health resorts and spas were owned by Soviet trade unions and, as was the case with Soviet holiday resorts (as an example see: Palanga -- A 1970s Trip to a Soviet Baltic Resort), trips to these facilities were either heavily subsidized or free.

There were also extensive facilities for retirees, which was especially notable given the USSR's lower retirement age which started at 55 for many workers.

The following is the text from the folder which we had translated by someone who grew up in the USSR:

There are 170 trade-union run health resorts in the Ukraine.

Most of them located in Lviv region as the region has mineral water springs, healing mud, a mild climate and picturesque landscapes.

Based on these qualities and the progress of medicine, plenty of different medical conditions are successfully treated here.

At the same time with already the famous resorts Truskavets, Lubin the Great, Morshin, Nemyriv, and Shklo known for their mud and mineral water therapy, many new union trades' health resorts are being built currently for factory workers, kolkhozniks [collective farm workers], office workers and students.

To date 35 of them have opened. In the 11th five-year plan, 17 more will be opened.

Just a few decades ago all local resorts belonged to and were only used by the rich.

The development of heath resorts for everybody started after the joining of West Ukraine to Soviet Ukraine.

It was interrupted by the Nazi invasion and rebuilding started from the ruins of the postwar period.

Today they are contemporary palaces of health.

For example, Truskavets. It is famous for “Naftusia” which combined more then ten different springs, differing in mineral composition. Up to 300,000 workers are improving their health in 15 sanatoriums and 14 pensioner's facilities. New mineral springs were discovered in the village Skhodnitsia. They are even bigger than in Truskavets. A large health resort is planned to be built here.

Morshin is not less popular. There are 5 health resorts, mineral water and mud treatment spas, and a clinic which treats 20,000 patients with gastrointestinal track conditions yearly.

At Nemyriv, patients are treated for cardiovascular diseases, peripheral nervous system disorders, skin diseases and locomotion system disorders. A large forest park surrounds Nemyriv and the air is filled with phytoncides, produced by the trees.

The resorts of Lubin the Great help people with heart disorders, high blood pressure, nervous disorders, sciatica and arthritis. Shklo has same health factors and a balneological resort famous for its sulfide mineral waters. It is located at the base of the Carpathian Mountains.

I also translated the description on the back of each card.

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Mineral Water Source

Ministry of Defense Sanatorium Bldg. 

Sanatorium Bldg.

Health Spa Residences

Pioneer Camp 
(for kids, the Pioneers were the Soviet equivalent of Cubs or Girl Guides) 

Medical Bldg.

Dining Club

Mineral Water Facility

Mineral Water Facility

Park Trail

Pensioner's Building

See also: Sochi 1978 -- A Postcard Visit to a Soviet Resort City

See also: Soviet Simferopol Vintage Postcard Folder 1978

Monday, March 19, 2018

Cooking Cards of the Soviet Ukraine (Part II) w. Polyadvitsa, Cabbage Soup, Bortsch with Pampushkas and more

Back in 2015 we took a look at a Ukrainian cookbook from the Soviet era in Ukrainian Cookery Recipes w. Borscht, Vareniki, Cabbage Rolls & more -- Vintage Cookbook. That post also prompted me to make a modified version of one the recipes Ukrainian "Scalloped Beef" Revisited.

Today we are looking at a set of Ukrainian cooking cards from the Soviet era. We have looked at cooking cards before in posts like 1968's Japanese Cooking Cookery Cards with Sushi, Tempura, & more and Robert Carrier's Cookery Cards w. Vitello Tonnato, Saltimbocca all'Alfredo & more . This format for recipes was especially popular in the 1960s and 1970s in both the West and the USSR. In fact, Soviet cooking card sets are quite common and they featured recipes of all different types and from the union's many nationalities.

Less common, though, are Soviet cooking cards with text in English. Generally they were in Russian or one (or more) of the many other languages of the USSR. This set, however, is a rare exception to that.

Published in 1980 this set had 33 cards with Ukrainian recipes of which I have 31. On the front of each card is a photo of the dish and the photos definitely have the feel of that era of food photography. On the back is the recipe. The first part looked at 16 of the cards.

This second part looks at the final 15 and includes two desserts, Ukrainian Pancakes with Jam and Tart a la Kiev.

The recipes here are interesting both culturally and stylistically. They are generally rather light on details such as cooking times. But if you have an understanding of cooking that is not too great a hurdle.

There are some dishes I certainly want to do takes on in the future as well as some classics of a very vibrant and varied cuisine.

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