Pies, pirozhki, chiburekki and elections (childhood memories from Chisinau)
Ever since I can remember, entering a polling station in Moldova always came with a strong odour of something fried, burnt, sweet pickled. This odour gladly accompanied you to the voting booth and did not leave even when you took that big decision, which supposedly made a difference for the future of your country or city. You already considered yourself familiar with this odour when you again passed by that cute saleswomen but reaching for fresh air outside, you realized that something was wrong. You yourself were from head to toe a walking flagrance of a pie fied in a huge pan.
And now, some interesting stuff about pies :)
• Amongst European royalty, cooked birds were often placed on top of pies to identify the pies filling. In pre-Victorian times this evolved into a porcelain ornament that sat atop the pie and could also be removed to release steam.
• The most popular flavors of purchased pie: apple, pumpkin, cherry, blueberry
• Other names for a pie are: pastie, oggie, piraski, piragie, patty, and pierogi. More common names include: streusel, tart, turnover, and crumble.
• Cream filled or topped pies are favorite props for humor. Throwing a pie in a person’s face has been a staple of film comedy since Ben Turpin received one in Mr. Flip in 1909. More recently, pieing has also become a political act.
• A Japanese version, called ピロシキ (piroshiki), are predominantly fried, use fillings such as ground meat, boiled egg, bean noodles, spring onion etc., and are commonly breaded with panko before frying, in the manner of Japanese menchi-katsu. Another popular variation is filled with Japanese curry and is quite similar to karē-pan, which is itself said to be inspired by pirozhki.
As for today’s music, I invite you to experience a piece of Johannes Brahms, Hungarian Dance #7 In A.
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