Re: East European food...
- In a message dated 2/1/2000 2:03:59 PM Central Standard Time,
> Their foodways (religious restrictions and the like) may have beenI vaguely recall that Asian nomads ate horseflesh. To this day, it's not
> influenced, but I see very little influence in the actual foods (what they
> ate, as opposed to why or how they ate it).
considered "normal" food by Russians, and the medieval Chronicles noted the
fact of horse-eating as a sign of extreme famine. Food restrictions in period
were far more stringent than they are today, and Christian Orthodoxy demands
much greater adherence to restrictions during Great Lent and all the other
smaller fast periods and days (well, I always fail in this, but my mother is
These considerations, and the differences (later) between Muslim and
Christian dietary restrictions would have prohibited too much mutual
As for "bean greens" vs "beet greens", I offer another possibility, but I
would need to see the original to be certain. In Russian, less in modern that
old, the adjective (green) could be placed before the noun (beans) in a way
that would sound today odd and stilted. Thus, word for word, "bean greens" --
<boby zelenye> -- would actually mean "green beans", and bring us to familiar
Just a few thoughts.