July 19, 2014

MH 17 and Vodka

Some people in Malaysia have suggested that we boycott Russian products, put up a protest at the Russian Embassy, etc. after news of MH17 reached us on Thursday night (17th July) What can we do? After such a tragedy, we must do what we have to do, bury the dead, give them an honorable send off and then tackle the aftermath.

There will be lots to do by the bereaved and most unfortunately some houses in Holland, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, would be empty.

I pray that the spirits of the victims would look upon us the living with kind eyes and may they rest in peace.

I must say anything Russian, and also especially vodka, always remind me of Tolstoy. If he were alive today, he would not approve of all those missile firing anti peace soldiers.

Did the Russians make the first Vodka? No one really knows.
However the first production might have been in Poland in the 8th Century, or in the area of today's Russia in the 9th century according to different sources.

According to the Gin and Vodka Association, the first distillery was documented over three hudnred years laterat Khlynovsk (Vyatka Chronicle 1174)

sOME interesting Vodka quotes:

“This drink has a magical power. It strengthens the weak, and revives those who have fainted. Those tired after work and physical activity can return their life forces by this drink much sooner than by nourishment. … It works as a diuretic, an appetizer, an antitoxin.” – Carolus Linnaeus (18th-century physician documenting the effects of the drink)

“I would rather live in Russia on black bread and vodka than in the United States at the best hotels.” – Isadora Duncan

“I only drink to make other people seem more interesting.” – George Jean Nathan

“There are only two absolutes in life: friends and vodka. And the best times usually involve both” – Unknown

Having written all that, I must touch on Tolstoy, again, a pacifist and also a non alcoholic , who  had something to say about kindness.

"Nothing,' wrote Tolstoy, 'can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.”  ― Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

mutton recipes   http://benodonoghue.com/recipes/meat/slow-roasted-mutton-with-vodka/

 pork recipes      http://www.yummly.com/recipes/pork-chops-with-vodka-sauce

steak      http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/vodka-marinated-steak-111

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