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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Great Lent

By February 26, 2015Food

Great Lent 2015: A Guide to the Russian Orthodox Lenten Fast

Is it seriously Orthodox Lent already?  In which case, Mea Culpa! One of my gentle readers gently reminded me that I was late in posting this year’s Lenten calendar, which is absolutely true.   Apologies! Hopefully the long hours I’ve been putting in learning how to make infograms will make up for this tardiness.   I’ve got all the information into one handy poster-thingy, which you can see below and you can download it in pdf format (the best method if you want to stick it on your fridge).

A few words about Great Lent. Those of you who have been with me for a while will know that in past years, I’ve tried (and failed) to adhere to the rigorous strictures of Orthodox Lent, primarily as one-upmanship to HRH who, as you will recall, doesn’t really get the scriptural or liturgical “hows” and “whys” about Lent. Like many Russians these days, he feels it is a great time to take off some kilos.  It’s complicated, Russian Orthodox Lent, because it isn’t a straightforward, “You can’t eat this, you must eat that,” set of rules. It’s a very complicated calendar of “Today, you may not eat this, tomorrow, you may not eat that.”

For me, Lent starts out being a culinary challenge: like how original can you get in dealing with the deal-breaker of them all – no oil. But in the end? In the end it just pisses me off.

And, you know what?  I’m already pissed off!  Because I just got back from a longish stay in the US. As soon as I got over my jet lag, I girded my loins and did my usual swath through the supermarkets, the farmers’ markets, and so on. It isn’t a disaster, but it is a long way from where we were a year ago. The way I see it, it’s been Lent since they declared those sanctions, and it will continue to be until they are lifted.

But don’t let me blow your Lenten mojo! Go for it! And remember, the best treat of all on the green days is a large portion of McDonald’s fries and some bad chardonnay. #Heaven.

To download a pdf copy of The Guide to the Orthodox Lenten Fast, click here.

Lent, Orthodoxy, Russian Orthodox Lent

 

Lenten Recipes

Casting about for new recipes to kickstart your Lenten Fast?  Try one of these!

Sorrel Soup:  The Ultimate Justification for Two Decades in Russia

Mushroom Quinotto with Roasted Vegetables

Black Beluga Lentil Salad

Publishing News:  Lenin Lives Next Door:  Marriage, Martinis, and Mayhem in Moscow

Readers, I’m thrilled to report that sales of Lenin Lives Next Door: Marriage, Martinis, and Mayhem in Moscow continue to be brisk and the reviews have been phenomenal! Short-listed for a total of eleven awards, here is just a sample of what bloggers, pundits, readers, and reviewers had to say about this hilarious look at life in the world’s largest country:

“…If Jane Austen had been an American living in post-Soviet Moscow, she might have made similar observations to those in Jennifer Eremeeva’s “Lenin Lives Next Door.” This entertainingly bitchy comedy of manners describes itself as “creative nonfiction”; it is clever, funny and rude about everyone.”

— Phoebe Taplin, Russia Beyond the Headlines

“…Ultimately, though, it is about the encounter. It is about how Russians and foreigners meet, connect and collide, and through that, about how today’s Russia is still trying to negotiate its relationship with the West, the global market, the new age of world-spanning business, leisure and culture.”

— Dr. Mark Galeotti, Clinical Professor of Global Affairs at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs and an associate member of NYU’s History and Russian & Slavic Studies departments.

“…I’m more than happy to sit quietly on my couch, spiked and listen to Jennifer tell me about her Russia, the Russia of the present and the future, which is a little less gray, and gives me some hope that not all is lost.”

— V. Boykis

“…She also happens to have an excellent grasp on Russian history and international current affairs which she weaves into her narratives. The affect is that this is a person with whom you can envision having a fun and intellectual conversation.

While sipping lattés at the Starbucks on The Arbat, or martinis at Café Pushkin, you could ask the author, because “no one ever, ever, does” about the title. How did she come up with Lenin Lives Next Door? Or, you could read the book. The answer could only happen in Russia.”

— Julie Starr, Librarian www.thefunlibrarian.blogspot.ca

Celebrate International Womens’ Day with a Free Download!

I’m delighted to announce that you will be able to celebrate International Women’s Day with a free download of Lenin Lives Next Door on amazon’s kindle.  On March 8, 2015, you can access Lenin Lives Next Door free by visiting its amazon sales page.

Lenin Lives Next Door is also available as an audiobook from Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.  For a free audio sample of Lenin Lives Next Door, click here.