Louis XIV Asks Riddles I

Esteemed Readers, I remind you that this year is a year of traditional Russian riddles. They are rather allegoric so I will leave you a certain hint every time. Use your imagination & intuition. Good luck!

Hint: The first riddle from our section means some natural phenomena. They are three. Please, make your suggestions.

“The field is not measured. The sheep are not counted. The shepherd is horned”.

REPLY to the Riddle posted on December 24, 2021: ZERO

Dear Luisa, your ideas of something round & endless were too close. My congratulations!🎁🎉🏆🏆🏆

Maria KethuProfumo

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Soviet Cuisine. Light Appetizers. Canapés.

To be honest, Esteemed Readers, it makes me smile to translate this kind of appetizer as “a canapè”, but to say “a toast” sounds even worse. Let’s consider that it is a canapè of the Russian size😁 with a big piece of bread. Here is a list of most popular festive ones:

RED CAVIAR CANAPE’ (white bread, butter, red caviar). You can use rye bread as well. It makes the taste more delicious.

BLACK CAVIAR CANAPE’ (white bread, butter, black caviar). It was a rare product for the most part of the country & if one might find the black caviar, it was certainly for a festive table.

SALMON CANAPE’ (white bread, butter, salmon, a dill sprout or a tiny piece of lemon as decorations).

COD LIVER CANAPE’ (white bread, cod liver paste).

SPRAT CANAPE’ (rye bread, smoked sprats, a half of a boiled egg or a tiny piece of lemon on demand). The sprats was considered to be a great delicacy in the Soviet times, especially those from Riga & they were praised even more than the caviar.

FINISH SALAMI CANAPE’ (white bread, salami, butter on demand). Well…as I have already mentioned, I’m not certain it was from Finland but it was very delicious.

BEEF TONGUE CANAPE’ (white or rye bread, beef tongue, a bit of horseradish paste). It was not too popular as the tongue was in short supply, however it is a traditional Russian appetizer.

HERRING CANAPE’  (rye bread, salted herrings, some onion or a chopped sprout of spring onion or parsley, a tiny piece of cucumber on demand).

Enjoy your meal!🍲🥣

Maria KethuProfumo

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Soviet Cuisine. Light Appetizers: Stuffed Eggs

Esteemed Readers, I suppose that stuffed eggs is a classical international appetizer popular anywhere. In the Soviet Union they were an essential part of the festive table. Here is the Soviet view how they were made. I provide you with 3 versions of this delicious snack. Nota bene: cod liver paste considered to be a great delicacy in the Soviet times.

Version I  Onion, verdure, cheese Ingredients:

Eggs -5 pcs.,  grated cheese – 30 gr., white bread – 60 gr., onion -1/2 piece, milk for stuffing – 2-4 tbs., oil for frying – 2 tbs., some parsley or dill, salt, pepper.


Boil the eggs, peel them, cut in two pieces. Remove yolks. Put the oil in a pan. Braise the verdure for about 10 minutes (medium-low heat). Chop it well. Chop & braise the onion about about 7 minutes (medium-low heat). Keep the white bread in milk for some time. Smash yolks, add onion, verdure, white bread, 1 tbs. of milk, salt, pepper. Mix well. Fill the egg halves with stuffing. Place them into a pan, cover with cheese & bake for about 10 minutes in the oven (medium heat).

Version II Mushrooms & cheese Ingredients:

Eggs – 8 pcs, mushrooms (better champignons) boiled or fried – 400 gr., garlic – 3 cloves, cheese – 100 gr., mayonnaise – on demand.


Boil the eggs, peel them, cut in two pieces. Remove yolks. Blend mushrooms, chopped garlic, chopped cheese & the yolks. Add some mayonnaise. Fill the egg halves with stuffing. Decorate & serve.

Version III Cod liver paste Ingredients:

Eggs – 6 pcs, cod liver paste – 100 gr., mayonnaise – 1 tbs., some pepper, some sprouts of spring onion, pieces of lemon – on demand.


Boil the eggs, peel them, cut in two pieces. Remove yolks. Blend the cod liver paste, yolks, mayonnaise & pepper. Fill the egg halves with stuffing. Decorate with chopped spring onion. If you desire, add a tiny piece of lemon on the top of any egg half.

Enjoy the meal!🍲🥧

PS. The recipes are translated from authentic Soviet Culinary Books.

Maria KethuProfumo

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Concerning the Soviet New Year

The Soviet, later Russian, New Year is a very unique phenomenon appeared as a symbiosis of our antique tradition of rich zast’olje (long Russian feasts with rich foods lasted for several days) & restrictions of the Soviet epoch when most people were deprived of any opportunity to celebrate anything in the proper Russian way. Lack of food, a permanent deficiency of something delicious usually appeared before New Year created special conditions when a rich long celebration became possible.

The Soviet New Year is far more than a good table, relatives & friends gathered together, caviar & Finish salami, (I’m sorry I’m not certain it has been the Finish at all but it was a trendy product for festive time), served. It is mentality that united modest believes & dreams of the whole Soviet country, its hopes  for a better year & a better life. I suppose that there were  even those who believed that the communism would finally begin since the New Year…Anyway, I’m out of political metamorphoses. 😊

We should take into consideration the stated above when we cook our complicated salads or any other dishes as one won’t be able to reconstruct the true environment of the Russian New Year without these philosophical preparations. As soon as main dishes from our festive menu are done, I will add them with the drinks & other additional appetizers to have the table completed.

Maria KethuProfumo 

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Sergio Cammariere: Storia di Un Tale


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Sergio Cammariere: Raffinatezza, Piano & Italian Bossa Nova

Some years ago I have already made a little post about Sergio Cammariere (1960) & his resemblance to Cyrano de Bergerac. In fact, he even knows about it & develops a sort of a musical phantasmagorical allegory based on it.

Sergio Cammariere is an example of a rare high-quality charismatic pianist, cantautore & song writer belonging to the South of Italy. He states that his music “glorifies love, studies its shades & nuances”. Sergio’s style is a style of high poetry of his past Cyrano’s time. He is one of the last minstrels yet praising his Lady, love as a treasure, joy & an independent dimension where a man becomes completely free & grows artistically.

His style is an Italian Bossa Nova. It is something very unique to hear. In 2022 we listen to Sergio Cammariere. Please, share his compositions, Esteemed Readers, for more people to learn about his rare Italian talent.

Link to the post about Cyrano is here.

Evviva l’Italia!

Maria KethuProfumo

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Voyage de Siam par l’Abbé de Choisy 1685-1686 XI


Esteemed Readers, we go on our voyage to the Tropic of Capricorn. Soon appetizers, fresh salads & best fishes are served! Enjoy yourselves! 😉🍤

Aboard the Oiseau, 3 May 1685

“…A little Zephyr is coming from the West. It is so little is it is blowing from far lands. We are expecting it to become stronger. That is an ordinary thing happening with the winds”.

Aboard the Oiseau, 5 May 1685

“The altitude cannot be measured. It is foggy on the horizon. Finally the proper wind has come from the West. It will allow us to spend fifteen days at the Cape. It is exactly what we need. It has appeared slowly from the North. We sail two lieuës per hour, & we are not too swift. When the vessel sails fast, there is no time to adjust it…”

Aboard the Oiseau, 6 May 1685

“Here is a good wind. It did not calm down neither at the dawn nor at noon. There were only two times when it was interrupted but it began blowing again. In fifteen days we are expecting to have some fresh salad & good fishes. Indeed the good ones! We have seen plenty of them in the high seas, while two-three lieuës from the shores they are especially delicious!…”

Dieu Vous Ait en Sa Sainte Garde,

Vostre l’Abbé de Choisy ”

Voyage, part I:

Voyage, part II:

Voyage, part III:

Voyage,part IV:

Voyage, part V:

Voyage, part VI:

Voyage, part VII:

Voyage, part VIII:

Voyage, part IX:

Voyage, part X:

Image: Aubusson, tapestry.

Maria KethuProfumo


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Orthodox Christmas: Theophany

Esteemed Readers, as you know we celebrate the Orthodox Christmas on the 7th of January. Our Christmas festivities include the day of Theophany celebrated on the 19th of January. Theophany is different from the Catholic Epiphany as it stresses the fact of Christ’s baptism symbolizing the connection of the Lord with the entire world & purification of the humankind. Our Christian tradition focused more on Saviour’s personality regards this act as a fundamental event of the Christian life. Strangely enough, at least for me, the adoration of the Magi is hardly mentioned. You can see it on the Icons but it is a minor event for the Russian Orthodox Church.

This period is time of the Holy Water. It is sanctified by priests & anybody might come to any church to pour as much Holy Water as one needs. Most of baptisms usually happen at Theophany. Plunging in ice holes is also a part of the Orthodox customs. A curious fact: 6-19 January is named Sv’iatki & unofficially permits future-telling, for example with a wax candle.

Happy Epiphany & Merry Orthodox Christmas! 🎄✨✨✨

Maria KethuProfumo

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Eternamenta News 2022

Esteemed Readers, 2022 has finally begun, so some blog changes are always welcome. This year will be dedicated to the French Baroque painting, the Russian ballet & the Italian style Bossa Nova by Sergio Cammariere. The Riddle section will change as well: His Majesty will guess you traditional Russian riddles. I hope it will be a true fun for everybody. Besides, I have prepared a food quest for you: I will post dishes of the Soviet cuisine served for the New Year Eve’s party, (if you remember the Russians celebrate the New Year’s Eve more than Christmas), for you to have the complete menu by the end of the year to be able to have a sort of a Russian feast as well. 😊🎄🎄🎄

The rest, including our spiritual section, remains as it is: we continue our voyage, while historical news will be delivered in time.

Happy New Blogging! Let’s start!

Maria KethuProfumo 

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La Gazette 1633: Historical News Today

Esteemed Readers, the New Year’s Eve is a good time for a new set of the historical news. Here are some local events of peace happened in France at the end of the year 1633. It is the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) yet.

Rheims en Champagne, the 25th December, 1633: “On the 21st of the given month in accordance with the Patent Letters of the King recently verified by the Parliament poor disabled people were moved to a building of an old College, at present named Charité that was not used for a long period of time. De facto, this even turned out to be so huge since the establishment was discussed (everywhere). Some people invested more than 50 thousand livres in it. The town administration gave it 7 thousand livres  of rent, the town Chapel added another thousand & this should serve a good example for the others. In the beginning about 5 thousand of the poor were found (to stay there), but they were obliged to work in tough conditions so their number was reduced to two hundred. The rest were sent in other places. A solemn inauguration of this very place was wonderful & proper for such a good deed. Sieur de Maupas, the Abbat of Saint Denys, has celebrated a pompous Mass there. The Baronesse de la Tour & the most honourable Ladies of the place helped the poor with the dinner. Soon, if the end justifies the means, the Charité of this town will become an inspiration for others…”

Rouen, 29th December, 1633: “To make a challenge between the Poets of our times the Archbishop of Rouen has instituted two prizes worth of twelve escus. Two silver vases are used (to keep the funds) & they will be constantly filled. The first one is for the one who will write the best French poem to praise the King; the second one is for the one who will compose the Hymn honoring the Conception of the Virgin Mary. These funds were given to the Palinods, a Friary honouring the Virgin, located in the town. As well he gifted his own Library worth of two thousand livres to the Chapel of his Church & provided a rent of two hundred escus: the first half is to maintain a librarian, while the second one is to arrange the books. Besides, as nothing prevents him from his design to help writers, in his Archiepiscopal palace he has established printing works furnished with two presses, the letters for most common languages where  everything that he will find dignant will be printed free of charge…”

Vive le Roy!🎉🎉🎉

Happy New Year! ✨🎇🎄🥂

Maria KethuProfumo


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