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I have the recipe from my good friend Dorina, we really like grilled chicken in winter.

  • 2 kg gogonele
  • 2 kg onions
  • 2 kg cucumbers
  • a handful of salt
  • horseradish
  • thyme
  • 0.700 ml of water
  • 0.700 ml of 9 degree vinegar

Servings: -

Preparation time: less than 60 minutes


Cut the vegetables into thin slices, put them in a bowl, sprinkle a handful of large salt and leave them until the next day. The next day we squeeze the vegetables from the water he left overnight and put them in jars. At the bottom of each jar I put horseradish sticks and thyme. We lightly press the composition by hand to place it in jars.

We mix the vinegar and water, add more salt to taste and pour over the composition of the jars and staple well. Leave the jars in a cool place.

Good appetite.

"I made him a birthday present"

Yesterday morning, the first people to wish & # 8222Happy birthday! & # 8221 to the president and kiss him were his wife, Maria, and his two daughters, Ioana and Elena. According to some relatives, the Băsescu family has the habit of celebrating birthdays even when they take place, and not on the weekend before or after the event. On his birthday, the head of state received hundreds of messages on the website of our newspaper, from admirers.

Vaslui. Elderly Diamanta Botezatu (89 years old) and her daughter, Ecaterina (68 years old), arrested two years ago for abusively occupying a land of almost one hectare and pardoned after spending five days in prison, want to give him gift to the head of state, who turned 57 yesterday with eight jars of jam.

Eight jars of apricot jam. This is the gift that the old women prepared this fall, especially for President Basescu's birthday. In addition to thinking about the head of state when they set up their winter supplies, the old women give him health akathists and talk about him as a savior.

I give him health akathists

& # 8222I always tell Ecaterina that we did not show Mr. Băsescu how grateful we are. He saved us, otherwise we would have died in prison. Have many healthy years ahead! I made him apricot jam for his birthday. I made him eight jars. We want to send them to him, but we don't trust the postman. And we don't even know the address of our savior & # 8221, says, with regret, old Diamanta Botezatu.

I live in an old warehouse

Bistrita-Nasaud. Irina Maria Lungu, who has been pregnant several times in the last decade to escape from prison, where she ended up after stealing a bag of potatoes, was pardoned last month. The head of state signed the decree in the woman's name, for the rest not executed from the sentence of one year in prison for aggravated theft.

Irina raises her six children, aged between 4 and 17, in an old agricultural warehouse of toxic substances, which smells of fertilizer, in Dumitra. "I wish the president good health," she said.

Closed, although she has four children

Suceava. Florentina Plaiu (26 years old), from Mironu village, was pardoned, on July 3, 2008, for humanitarian reasons, by the President of Romania, because she has four children, aged between one and eight years. The youngest member of the family has a severe malformation of the mouth and should be operated on a second time. Florentina Plaiu was sentenced to four months in prison for failing to pay the fine she received in 2002, when she slapped a neighbor she had quarreled with.

She was pardoned on June 15, before the last postponement of the trial. & # 8222I couldn't have done itI take care of the children if it wasn't for the president. "I hope he is happy with his birthday," says Florentina.

He was released after having a heart attack

Suceava. On March 1, 2007, President Băsescu signed the decree of pardon for Filaret Cârdei, for the remaining unexecuted sentence of six months imprisonment, applied because he did not want to give a neighbor 4 ares from his garden. At the age of 77, the old man remembers with tears in his eyes about the 51 days spent in prison. He was released for three months following a heart attack in detention. "I hope the president is healthy and helping other people," says the old man. Cârdei also filed a complaint in Strasbourg, but has not yet received a reply, only an acknowledgment of receipt, so he is still waiting for a decision.

He raises pigs again so he can pay his lawyers

Suceava. Maria Zlăvoc, from Dolhasca commune, imprisoned in October 2006 in Botoşani, because she did not want to leave the land assigned by the judges to a cousin, remembers bitterly the days spent behind bars. The woman was in prison for seven months, until March 2007. & # 8222I was very scared in prison, I was among the criminals. Since I was released, my pension has stopped 100 lei per month, but I don't know why. "I raise pigs again so I have to pay the lawyers, because I want to get my land back," she said. & # 8222I wish the president good health and happiness. I hope God helps him never to have problems & # 8221, says Maria Zlăvoc.

The women from Argeş want their land back

Argeş. There is not a day when Victoria Mihai (58 years old) and Veronica Gheorghe (68 years old), from Valea Danului commune in Argeş, are not grateful to President Băsescu. Along with them, their relative Filofteia Barbu was released, who died a month after the pardon, in January 2008. & # 8222We wish the president «Happy Birthday!», That he helped us a lot & # 8221, say the old women .

Imprisoned at 82 years old

Iasi. The oldest detainee from the Iaşi Penitentiary, where he was imprisoned for 40 days, was released on November 23, 2007. Neculai Gheban (82 years old) was imprisoned because he did not want to give 1,400 sq m of land to a neighbor. After the pardon decree was published in the Official Gazette, the old man came out smiling at the gate of the Iasi Penitentiary. The pensioner passed away two months ago.

Photo: (c) Traian NEGULESCU / AGERPRES

Buluc Monastery has its beginning in the second half of the 17th century, when a well-known boyar of those times from Odobești, Ioan Caragea, built in a grove of Mereilor forests, today's monastery church, wooden construction dedicated to & # 8216The Descent of the Holy Spirit & # 8217 and & # 8216The Holy Trinity & # 8217.

Its founding, & # 8221speaks & # 8221 a legend of the place, would have been triggered by the ,, fear aroused in the boyar's heart by an outburst of nature, unexpected and of great intensity while he was hunting with several of his servants in the dense forest & # 8221. Desperate at the thought that he might not escape with his life, the boyar Caragea, along with the other participants in the hunt, prays to God to be saved, promising that coming out of that hell safely he will rise right there, in a sign of gratitude to the divinity, a church with everything necessary for the foundation of a monastic life. As he escaped without any suffering, the boyar immediately proceeded to build the place of worship.

At its consecration, on March 8, 1679, the church received as donations several lands and forests from the owners of the surroundings, transforming into a hermitage where, later, even its founder became a monk, becoming the hieromonk Isaiah. He then became abbot of this monastic settlement. The fact is recorded in the document found by the historian C. C. Giurescu in the "Pamfileşti Collection" from Odobești.

& # 8221I Isaiah Caragea, the hieromonk, made the hermitage of Bulucul de iznoava from Codrul Merei, where the patron saint of the Holy Trinity and the Holy Spirit is honored and celebrated & # 8221, it is recorded in the document that still mentions the gifts & # 8221for the eternal remembrance of the happy founders & # 8221.

Photo: (c) Traian NEGULESCU / AGERPRES

The donations continued and in the next two centuries the hermitage was endowed with many forests and meadows, with vineyards, in Vărsătura and Odobești, with a mill on the gorge drawn from Milcov in the southern part of the Odobești fair. An authentic document, dated May 2, 1744, records that the monk Athanasius gave the place a place when he became a monk. On October 25, 1751, the hieromonk Mitrofan, the abbot of the hermitage, exchanged two vineyards with a wine cellar and a house on the street from Jariștea to Vale de la Hodor, a vineyard that had been donated by Safta, widow of Constantin Nenical, captain and captain. 8221.

In the catagraphy of the Roman diocese from 1809, the Buluc hermitage appears with ten ,, living & # 8221. On August 6, 1816, Constantin Chihaia and his wife, Floarea donated to the Buluc hermitage a plot of land, called Chihaia, to feed the monks' parents & # 8221.

In their turn, the Razeși family from Odobești, on April 6, 1828, also donated jaws and glades to the Buluc hermitage. Ion Buda and his wife, Maria, from Focșani, owned the place, on December 23, 1835, with a mill on the gorge drawn from Milcov, then with "two vines on the fruit near the mill and two barren fields." # 8221.

On July 10, 1859, according to the existing documents, the hermit Veniamin, the abbot of the hermitage, made an exchange with the asylum & # 8221Apostol Pavel & # 8221 from Busteni, for ,, a pogon and a half alive in Vărsătura Mică & # 8221. The statistics from 1936 of the Roman diocese, which also had the county of Putna, mention between the 13 hermitages and the Buluc hermitage. In 1937 the settlement was owned with seven hectares of arable land in the village of Ivanesti. Also in that year, Lake Chihaia was rebuilt and populated with fish. As the influx of believers visiting the hermitage was large, four houses with 10 rooms were built, and as a point of attraction, 5,000 fir seedlings were planted, a group of trees that can still be seen southwest of the hermitage.

A monastic settlement protected from the beginning by the eyes and anger of the invaders, the Buluc hermitage was protected from the secular dangers of those times.

Photo: (c) Traian NEGULESCU / AGERPRES

In the years 1922-1928, the monks built, next to the old church, a new one, dedicated to & # 8216Change to the Face & # 8217. Built of bricks and much larger than the first, it was partially destroyed by the powerful earthquake of November 10, 1940, but the legionary leadership of the time demolished it to its foundations. At the same time, the "Golden Cross" of the Buluc church was stolen. After the demolition of the new church, only the church of fir beams of Isaiah Caragea the hieromonk remained for service.

Throughout the history of the hermitage, it is found that monastic life was supported by monks, but in 1951 there were too few survivors. As they could no longer support themselves, the hermitage became the place of residence for a community of nuns, being brought here 30 monks from the monastery of Cotești.

Repealed by Decree 410/1959 and removed from the List of Historical Monuments, the hermitage hardly resisted during the communist period thanks to the missionary activity of the priests from Vărsătura village, in whose jurisdiction the church had been transferred after 1959. Its official closure by the authorities of 1959 and 1989, did not take Christians away from the place where they came every year on pilgrimage. On the contrary, the pilgrimages to Buluc after 1959 became a mass phenomenon, and on the feast & # 8216Change to the Face & # 8217, large groups of believers from all neighboring localities climbed on pilgrimage the beaten roads to the wooden church to participate in the service. officiated by the priest from the parish of Vărsătura.

Reopened after 1989, the settlement, elevated to the rank of a monastery, continues to remain the spiritual refuge of the faithful in the Jariștea area, in the last four years a bell tower and a large house for cells, where nuns and sisters of charity live, have been built inside the estate.

At the proposal of the Vrancea County Directorate for Culture, Buluc Monastery regained, on November 11, 2014, under the signature of the Prime Minister, the status of objective included on the list of monuments in the national heritage.

The access inside the monastery is made through a beautiful and impressive wooden gate carved with secular and religious motifs specific to the Vrancea area. The monumental entrance designed and created by folk craftsmen is guarded on either side by two fir trees, one, a curious fact, with the smell of incense, and the other, just as strange, with the smell of lemon.

Photo: (c) Traian NEGULESCU / AGERPRES

The architecture of the place, having a cross-shaped plan and being built entirely of fir beams impresses with its simplicity. Like most Orthodox churches, it is structured in three compartments: nave, narthex and altar. The most impressive decorative detail inside the shrine is represented by the wood-carved iconostasis, which, extending to the descending wall of the vault of the shrine, separates the nave from the altar illuminated by a window to the east. The nave has wide apses and is lit by a window to the south and north, delimited by the narthex through wooden beams. On the nave is a clogged, blind, octagonal tower. All windows are wooden, double, rectangular, arched. The closed porch in front with windows also has a window to the south and north. The entrance to the porch is made on a wooden door in two wings and also through a wooden door you enter from the porch into the narthex, but it is in one wing. The floor is made of plank, the roof is made of galvanized sheet metal.

The interior walls of the shrine are not painted with saints, as is customary, but are painted in a simple, blue color, but are adorned with over a hundred iconographic representations, including & # 8221Double-faced icon & # 8221, one representing Saint Mina and Saint Haralambie, the other the Mother of God & # 8221Hadighitria & # 8221, painted in 1831 in oil on wood, a representation that had as its initial destination to be an royal icon. & # 8221Another icon is in the old wooden church depicting the Mother of God & # 8221Hadighitria & # 8221 but dated 1840 and authored by Dinake Zugrav as well as two other representations - & # 8221Christ Teacher & # 8221 -, undated , which was originally intended as an royal icon and was created by an unknown Romanian painter and & # 8221The Mother of God Empress & # 8221, also having the original destination as an royal icon, author Romanian painter unknown, dated 1824, have been classified in the last year , in the national mobile cultural heritage & # 8221, specified, for Agerpres, Traian Negulescu, the director of the Vrancea Culture Department.

The exterior facades of the church of the Buluc monastery are plastered over the wooden beams and whitewashed in white only in the area of ​​the Altar, the nave and the narthex. The porch on the outside is lined with planks.

Ciprian, the archbishop of Buzău and Vrancea, did not hesitate to urge the faithful present at the re-sanctification ceremony of the church, which took place a year ago, to consider coming to Buluc monastery as a symbolic pilgrimage to the Holy Land. & # 8221This place of worship is Taborul Vrancei. It is not necessary to go to Mount Tabor every year, but I advise you at least once in your life to make a pilgrimage, to share in the blessing of God and to be filled with holiness at the Buluc monastery. To ascend to this oasis of divine light & # 8217, the high hierarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church recommended to the faithful.

& # 8221Buluc Monastery is sought after by many believers both for its religious significance, but also because of the natural environment free of pollution and noise & # 8221, said for Agerpres, the abbess Justiniana Talaban. The place is very well maintained by the nuns who found peace of mind here, living in communion with nature and divinity.

The most beautiful period in which the monastery can be visited is in the warm season, when the flowers that spread the alleys in the inner courtyard form a multicolored carpet, and the forest emanates invigorating scents and shelters the pilgrim from the heat. He finds there the peace that you rarely hear today, but you also meet the humility of the inhabitants of the area, as well as the modesty of those who came from other parts of the country and even from abroad. The cells are true oases of coolness in the hot summer days, and in winter full of the scent, the warmth and the mystery of the light emanating from the fire of the wood burned in the stoves.

It is also impressive that pilgrims are invited to dinner, a meal at which no pork or beef is eaten even when there is no fasting. Instead, the dishes put in the burnt clay plates outperform, through their taste, all the & # 8221cooky & # 8221 dishes from the luxury restaurants. Thus, the appetizer consists of tomatoes stuffed with eggplant salad, mushroom wedges, olives and marinated fish. There is always a fish or vegetable soup in the cauldron, with hot peppers, a soup in which the nuns use & # 8221 suitable herbs & # 8221 recipes that give a wonderful taste to the stew. Then comes a fish brine with polenta, accompanied by hot peppers, followed by peppers stuffed with vegetables or mushrooms. For dessert, baclavas are served made in sheets spread in the kitchen of the place, filled with walnut kernels and bathed in honey.

To reach the Buluc Monastery in Focșani, go to Odobești, a 16 km path, then, from the center of this city, an asphalt road takes 4 km. to Jariștea commune, and from there there are numerous signs to Buluc monastery, to which there are about 4 km.

Another tourist attraction of Jariștea commune is the church & # 8221Saints Saints & # 8221 from Scânteia village, a true monument of religious architecture. The place of worship, which still has its riveted front door and belonged to a hermitage built in 1730 by the Stamatinescu family, also attracts attention through the architectural elements of Arab influence that have their place in the construction of vaults and columns integrated by Byzantine style.

People with a big soul and fear in God, but in love with their ancestral occupation, the vineyards of Vrancea have built other churches and monasteries that today stand on the road of the vineyards in the area, holy places where vines and grapes are present in forms stylized in the religious motifs from the sculptures or interior paintings, reinforcing the feeling that viticulture, being part of the spiritual tradition of Vrancea, represents for the local Christians purity and life. Indirectly these testimonies from the places of Vrancea & # 8221 speak & # 8221 about the fact that wine and bread were offered by our Lord Jesus Christ to his apostles at the Last Supper and that these two foods symbolize the blood and body of the Savior.

The fact that the wine is intertwined with the spirituality of Vrancea is also highlighted by the numerous testimonies found by those who cross the threshold and other monasteries and churches unique in this part of the country.

Unique through the symbolism and the stored values ​​are on the road of the Vrancea vineyards Dălhăuți Hermitage, historical monument from Cîrligele commune, Vărzărești monastery, from Urechești commune or Recea monastery, historical monument from Dumbrăveni commune.

On the hills of the Odobești vineyard you can also visit the Tarnița monastery, built near the top of the Măgura Odobești hill, whose peak rises to almost a thousand meters, being the highest hill of the Subcarpathians of Curvature, but also the monastery & # 8221Adormirea Maicii Lord & # 8221, old style.

About the Church & # 8221Saints Apostles Peter and Paul & # 8217 in the Odacesti neighborhood Cazaclii words are superfluous, because this church, classified in 2007 as a historical monument, not only was built by wine merchants in the area, but is located right in the middle of the vineyards in the area.

At the Brazi monastery in Panciu, tourists can pray at the relics of Saint Theodosius from Brazi, but they can also visit the Brazi underground chapel, a historical monument dating from the end of the 17th century. The underground chapel of the Brazi Monastery connected, in the past, through a tunnel, with the Hermitage & # 8221Saint John the Baptist & # 8217 located on a hill, a few tens of meters away.

On DJ 202 E, towards Tâmboiești, the traveler can admire the landscapes from the southern part of Vrancea county and can retreat to the Church & # 8221Cuvioasa Parascheva & # 8217, consecrated in 1858, or to the Church & # 8221Nașterea Maicii Domnului & # 8217, building year before, in 1857.

However, Vrancea is also the depository of volumes of church books with great historical value, including a & # 8220Ceaslov & # 8221, dated 1846, & # 8221History of the New Testament & # 8221, with the year of publication 1824, & # 8221Useful books of the soul & # 8221, year of publication 1819, & # 8221The Holy and Divine Liturgy & # 8221, published in 1827, all in the custody of the County Library & # 8221Duiliu Zamfirescu & # 8221 from Focșani.

& # 8221 Regarding the procedure for classifying in the mobile national cultural heritage these written values, as well as those painted from Buluc Monastery, it should be mentioned that such an approach was initiated for the first time in Vrancea County only in a year ago & # 8221, underlined Traian Negulescu, the director of the Directorate for Culture of Vrancea County.

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