[Daily article] August 19: Borscht

Borscht is a tart soup popular in several Eastern European cuisines,
including Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, Belarusian, Lithuanian and
Romanian, as well as Ashkenazi Jewish. It derives from an ancient soup
cooked from pickled common hogweed. The variety most commonly associated
with the name in English is a beetroot soup of Ukrainian origin; other
varieties include sorrel, rye, and cabbage borscht. Borscht is typically
made by combining meat or bone stock with sautéed vegetables, including
cabbage, carrots, onions, potatoes and tomatoes. It may include meat,
fish or neither, may be served hot or cold, and may range from a hearty
one-pot meal to a dainty clear broth or a smooth refreshing drink.
Common garnishes and side-dishes include sour cream, hard-boiled eggs,
potatoes, uszka dumplings and pampushky buns. Several ethnic groups
claim borscht, in its variegated local guises, as their own national
dish and consume it as part of ritual meals within Eastern Orthodox,
Greek Catholic, Roman Catholic, and Jewish religious traditions.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Bonnie Prince Charlie raised the Jacobite standard at
Glenfinnan in the Scottish Highlands to begin the Second Jacobite


Per the results of a German referendum, the posts of Chancellor
and President were merged, indicating public approval for Adolf Hitler’s
assumption of supreme power.


The intelligence agencies of the United Kingdom and the United
States orchestrated a coup d’état of Prime Minister of Iran Mohammad
Mosaddegh and restored the absolute monarchy of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.


A Hasidic man accidentally struck two Guyanese immigrant
children with his car in the Crown Heights neighborhood of New York
City, initiating three days of rioting.


The single deadliest helicopter crash took place when a team of
Chechen separatists brought down a Russian Mil Mi-26 with a man-portable
air-defense system, resulting in 127 deaths.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

(astronomy, cosmology, physics, now chiefly historical) In the Big Bang
theory, the hot and dense plasma which made up the cosmos at the time of
recombination in an early stage of its expansion and cooling, when the
first atoms formed and photons decoupled. The ylem is regarded as the
source of the cosmic microwave background.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  The most exciting happiness is the happiness generated by forces
beyond your control.  
–Ogden Nash

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