Hungarian Goulash

And this, my friends, is a real goulash:

It’s steaming hot, which is why the picture looks a little blurry.

I had no bacon so I used kabanosy sliced very thinly instead. I’m the kind of person who always has some kabanosy on hand. The sweet bell pepper wasn’t authentic, of course, but you’ve got to make do.

The central part of the Hungarian goulash is paprika. Without paprika, it’s a simple meat and potatoes stew. Paprika needs to be fresh, European, and it’s very important not to let it burn, not even a little bit. It will become bitter, and the whole dish will be ruined.

Many people prefer a soupier goulash but I had a cheap cut of meat and had to dredge it in flour and sear it before cooking. Otherwise, it would have been hard as leather. The flour got absorbed into the liquid, creating a thick sauce and cutting down the soupiness.

It’s delicious, and I’m not counting on it lasting beyond the weekend.

Economy or Culture?

This is extraordinarily disappointing. Whoever controls the money, controls the mass education and the mass culture. Has anybody heard of Disney and its role in the culture wars?

There is a reason why every large (or even not so large) company so aggressively peddles far-left propaganda. And that reason is 100% financial and economic.

Conservatives messed up big way when they embraced the “free market” ideology which invariably leads to “fluid identities,” open borders, instability (economic and mental), the collapse of the family and the destruction of the nation-state. The exit is located in the same place where the entrance was. Neoliberal economy is causing every left-wing malady of our times. We need to walk away from the neoliberal economy and the attendant “fluid” mentality.

Cultural Heritage

Remember the beautiful Svyatohirsk Lavra I posted about the other day?

Russians continued shelling it even after two monks and a nun were killed. Now it looks like this:

Let’s all take a moment to think about how fragile and easy to lose is the shared cultural legacy of humanity. Even a few months ago, this senseless destruction would have seemed unthinkable. But civilization is not the default. It needs to be defended and cherished. Otherwise, barbarity crawls out of its dens and attacks.

Tortured Goulash

I went online to refresh my memory of how to cook goulash and discovered that Americans cook it with elbow macaroni. How could you, people? How could you? This is an abomination.

But it gets worse. There are people who put GROUND beef into it. I couldn’t read beyond that but who knows what other form of torture they imposed on that noble old dish. Maybe there’s a dollop of ice cream or a slice of pizza on top.