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Re: [Slovak-World] "Food & Eating"--20

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  • Michelle Burke
    hriate -- this sounds like something my mom used to cook up for kids with colds....of course it would have put you right to sleep.... she probably used
    Message 1 of 3 , Mar 28 5:45 PM
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      "hriate" -- this sounds like something my mom used to cook up for kids with colds....of course it would have put you right to sleep.... she probably used whiskey though rather than brandy, because I don't remember there ever being brandy in the house.




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      From: Helen Fedor <hfed@...>
      To: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Tue, March 23, 2010 11:37:04 AM
      Subject: [Slovak-World] "Food & Eating"--20

       
      Alcohol distillates (brandy from wine, cereals, or fruit juices) have
      been produced since the Middle Ages. The wholesale production of cheap
      alcohol from potatoes, sugar beets, and molasses began during the 19th
      century, and the consumption of pure alcohol increased rapidly. Until
      the 20th century, brandy was also distilled illegally from various raw
      materials, often with serious health consequences, mainly in village
      households. At present, the production of distillates in legal
      distilleries [licensed stills?] is permitted by the state, particularly
      in regions where much fruit is grown. It was mainly plum, cherry, and
      pear brandies that were distilled. The drinking of distillates is
      particularly traditional for men in the mountainous and foothill areas
      of Slovakia. A warm drink made of brandy, honey, and fat/butter, and
      called “hriate” (hot whisky), was prepared in these areas.
      Nowadays, brandy is still an indisputable part of every feast and also
      of smaller receptions.( 21)

      Ethnological research focuses not only on foodstuffs and their
      preparation, but also on the setting of the food, which helps explain
      why people in a certain society eat the way they do. The setting
      includes historical developments, economics, social differences,
      religion, and the influence of these factors on a given society’s way
      of eating.



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