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East to west, Slovakia has the best - Easter celebrations EASTER is a religious holiday, and in Slovakia, most inhabitants plan to attend a mass or to celebrate among family members. There are opportunities, however, how to include some community-, tourist or even international activities, focusing rather on the symbolic, or pre-Christian roots of the festival and the welcoming of "new life" in spring. 17 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Bulgarian recipes: Kozunak (Easter cake) (video included) Cooking with Ambassadors Ingredients: 6 eggs, 200ml milk, 100-150g butter, 250-300g sugar, 1kg flour, 1 cube of yeast, raisins.Preparation: Mix the yeast with a pinch of salt, 1 egg and 1 tbsp of sugar; add a bit of flour and milk. Let it rise. Mix flour with the grated skin and juice from 1 lemon. Mix the milk with sugar until the sugar melts. Whisk the eggs separately. Add milk with sugar into sieved flour and mix, then add eggs and the yeast. Knead property and add the melted butter. Let it rise. Knead again and put into prepared form. Let it rise again, then bake it. 14 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Bulgarian recipes: Shopska salad (video included) Cooking with Ambassadors Ingredients: 4-5 tomatoes, 5-6 spring onions or 1 onion, 1 cucumber, 2-3 roasted and peeled green or red peppers, parsley, 1/2 glass sunflower oil, 300g white salted Balkan cheese.Preparation: Mix the finely chopped vegetable, add sunflower oil and 1 tsp vinegar (optional). Serve studded with grated Balkan cheese. 14 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Bulgarian recipes: Lamb risotto (video included) Cooking with Ambassadors Ingredients: 1kg lamb offal, 5-6 gloves garlic, 100g round rice, 125g butter, 2-3 tbsp sunflower oil, parsley, dill, black pepper.Preparation: Cook the finely chopped offal in salted water. Simmer the finely chopped onion in the pan on sunflower oil, add offal and rice. Simmer the rice for a while, then add the rest of the water in which the offal was cooked. Simmer the rice until cooked. Add parsley, dill and black pepper. Pour the mixture on the baking tray and bake in the preheated oven (180°C) for 10 minutes. Pour 1 whisked egg mixed with 2 tbsp of yoghurt over the mixture. Bake for another 10 minutes. 14 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Bulgarian recipes: Stewed lamb shoulder (video included) Cooking with Ambassadors Ingredients: 1.5kg lamb shoulder, 125g butter, 2 big onions, 5-6 cloves garlic, parsley, sweet paprika, black pepper, basil, spearmint.Preparation: Wash the lamb shoulder in cold water and dry. Season with salt and pepper, then add finely chopped onions and garlic and smear with butter. Put meat into baking bag. Add 1-2 glasses of water, close the bag and pierce with a needle a few times. Cook the meat in the oven (heated at 180°C) for 1.5 hours. Season with chopped parsley. 14 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Lamb, roses and red wine (video included) Cooking with Ambassadors SISTERS Valeria and Isabela Hadjiyska, along with Tsvetelina Gencheva, the director of the Bulgarian elementary and high school in Bratislava, who wore a black blouse richly decorated with Bulgarian folk motifs, were carefully placing hardboiled eggs into bowls with red, blue, yellow and green food colouring. In order to complement the Bulgarian embassy’s efforts to bring Bulgarian cuisine and culture to the Slovak audience, they decorated the eggs using different techniques passed down through families to the young to preserve the spirit of Easter. 14 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Countrywide Events Music, Theater, Exhibition... Western SLOVAKIA 14 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Hailing 'slowness & silence' Locked IT DOES not often occur that one man comes before a sold-out Slovak National Theatre (SND) in Bratislava and holds the audience’s attention for nearly three hours. But Robert Wilson is not your average entertainer or theatre-maker. In fact, finding the right words to describe him can be difficult, which is perhaps what brought so many people to this event, called ‘1. Have You Been There? 2. No, This Is the First Time.’ 14 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Easter's pagan roots History talks... Locked THE LAST day of the Easter holiday, Easter Monday, brings traditions that may be difficult for many foreigners to understand. Yes, the drenching and whipping of women is intentional, though to be honest, not even Slovaks themselves often know the meaning or the roots of these rituals. 14 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Impressionism at SNG Locked THE CURRENT exhibition in the Slovak National Gallery (SNG) explores the influences and forms of Impressionism in Slovak art rather than focusing on prominent global impressionists. However, some surprising parallels can be drawn. 14 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Dance, research object Locked THE RECENT premiere of the dance performance titled Objekty Výskumu / Objects of Research brought elements of innovation to Slovak contemporary dance/physical theatre. The performance, choreographed and directed by Petra Fornayová and dan-ced by Soňa Ferienčíková and Jana Tereková, is based on contrasts: the inner versus the outer world, outside impacts versus inner feelings. 14 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Sunday Parades to begin in Stará Tržnica, Bratislava THE OLD Market-Hall / Stará Tržnica is starting to liven up, with more and more events occurring in this venue on the SNP Square in Bratislava. A new regular event called Nedeľná Paráda (Sunday Parade) will be launched, with the first edition taking place during the festival [Fjúžn] on April 13. 11 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Prievidza to host World Art Games THE SLOVAK town of Prievidza is the third location to host the new World Art Games. The project features the works of more than 70 artists from 30 countries in a travelling exhibition, shown from March 21. 7 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Radio_Head Awards handed out, Korben Dallas most successful THE SIXTH year of the Radio_Head awards saw most of the accolades going to the band Korben Dallas: it received a total of three prizes out of five nominations, the SITA newswire wrote. The band won in the following categories: Concert Band/Performer of the Year, Album of the Year (Karnevalová Vrana) and Single of the Year (Otec). 7 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Parallel Lives explores communist-era secret police ALTHOUGH born as part of the Divadelná Nitra 2013 international theatre festival, the project Parallel Lives – 20th Century through the Eyes of the Secret Police, has taken on a life of its own. 7 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
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