Aug 28, 2008

Tymoshenko accused of not loving Ukrainian fat


Thanks to Igor for this story: Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko calls absurd the statements of the Presidential Secretariat that accused her of betraying national interests. According to an UNIAN correspondent, she claimed this to a press conference today, commenting on the respective address of the Presidential Secretariat to SBU [the Ukrainian Security Service].

"Well, they produced seven provisions, love to Ukrainian fat, love to Ukrainian borshch, what else exotic… All this is absurd. I have no desire to comment, I swear, because it is possible to comment on serious things, but to comment on absurd – you may just turn into a participant of that absurd", Yulia Tymoshenko said.

Now for a little background on "the Ukrainian fat" or "salo", provided by Wikipedia: Salo (Russian and Ukrainian: сало, Belarusian: сала, Hungarian: szalonna Polish: słonina, Bulgarian: сланина (slanina) or less often сало (salo), Macedonian: сланина (slanina), Romanian slănínă or slánă, Serbo-Croatian, Czech and Slovak: slanina) is a traditional Central and Eastern European food: slabs of pork underskin fat, with or without skin. As a trend, the Eastern European one is salted or brine fermented, hence the names slonina/slana/szalonna (solonýna in Ukrainian and solonina in Russian mean any kind of salt-cured meat, such as corned beef). The Central European one is usually treated with paprika or other condiments, while the South European one is often smoked.

The Slavic word "salo" as applied to this type of food (it has other meanings as well) is often mistranslated to English as "bacon" or "lard". Unlike lard, salo is non-rendered pork fat. Unlike bacon, salo has little or no meat (however low-meat high-fat bacon is also commonly referred to as salo).

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Salo is disgusting.

Mrta said...

Thank you for not only reporting on this critical news story, but finally explaining the difference between salo/slonina, bacon, and lard.

Ern said...

I have to support Yulia's decision to not eat salo, is all I'm getting at really.

Jaybird said...

What?!? Not like salo??? OMG it is soooo gooood! Can't wait to get me some next week, mmm, salo on dark rye bread spread with butter. YUM! Excellent with pickled turnips and gira.

Ern said...

Filthy!

I keep it real with varenyky and borscht.

Pirates(and)Diplomats said...

Salo should be the official diet food of Eternal Remont.

Ern said...

Could we get like a Babusya brand Salo company to sponsor us???

Leopolis said...

During gas "negotiations" in 2005 with Ukraine, Putin said:

Ни водку, ни горилку, ни сало они нам бесплатно не дают!

Maybe this is what Yulka is referring to...

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