Behind the endless series of May holidays, many did not notice how the month of May gradually but surely came into its own. Velvet green foliage, abundant morning dew on tall young grass, the aroma of flowers, similar to the smell of honey … Let’s pay tribute to the last month of spring in our kitchen today and prepare a simple and tasty salad, which we will call “May morning”.
Ingredients: champignons – 400 g, chicken breast – 200 g, tomatoes – 200 g, olives – 100 g, hard cheese – 100 g, leaf lettuce – 1 bunch, vegetable oil – 50 ml, mayonnaise – 150 g.
First, let’s prepare all the products that we need. We wash the mushrooms, if desired, clean and let them dry. Fry the mushrooms cut in half in a frying pan in heated vegetable oil until golden brown for 10-15 minutes. Any hard cheese cut into small cubes. Wash the tomatoes, dry with paper towels and cut in the same way. Boil the chicken breast in advance in salted water, let it cool and also cut into small cubes.
We proceed to the main stage of preparation – we will lay out all the prepared ingredients on a large plate. First, lay the lettuce leaves in a circle – so that they cover its entire surface. Put half of the chopped tomatoes on top of them, evenly distributing them on a plate, and then half of the cheese. Now we put half the mushrooms on the tomatoes and cheese, the whole chopped chicken breast and evenly distribute the mayonnaise on top. We lay our salad in layers, without stirring. At the end, put the remaining tomatoes, cheese and mushrooms – also in layers, and on top – whole olives.
Our May Morning salad is ready! It is very beautiful, colorful, fragrant and filled with freshness – like the month of May itself. Let’s try and enjoy!
Why is the last month of spring called that way? May from Latin – mensis Maius – is translated as “the month of the goddess Maya.” It is dedicated, respectively, to the ancient Italian goddess of spring Maya or Mayeste, who was the patroness of the fertile land. On May 1, a special holiday was held in her honor. Maya was identified with the Roman goddess of fertility Bona Dea (Good Goddess) – the daughter of a Faun, as well as with the Greek nymph Maya – one of the Pleiades sisters, daughters of the titan Atlanta and the oceanid Pleione.
Interestingly, according to the ancient Roman poet Ovid, May was named in honor of the elders (maiores), while the following June was named after the young people (iuniores). The historical European names for May include the designation used by Charlemagne, Wonnemond (from the Old Germanic wunnimanot, “pasture month”). And in the ancient Russian calendar (before the establishment of Christianity), this month was called grass and yarets – in honor of the Slavic sun god Yarila; in folk tales – herbalist, pollen. The name “May”, like the name of other months, passed to Russia from Byzantium.
Many beliefs are associated with the last spring month among the people. In particular, it has always been believed that getting married in May is a bad omen: you will toil all your life. In fact, there is a perfectly logical explanation for this. The peasant had a lot of work during this period, so this time was traditionally considered unsuitable for weddings and matchmaking, which was reflected in the Russian proverb saying “I would be glad to get married, but May does not order” and in various superstitions about unfavorable May unions. The ancient Romans and the Greeks had similar ideas. Thus, the ancient Greek writer and philosopher Plutarch wrote that “the Romans do not marry in May, but expect June.” Interestingly, in ancient Ireland on May 1, the Beltane holiday was held with the ritual lighting of bonfires and, according to tradition, summer began from that time. In Russia, many proverbs are associated with this month, to which even now many people listen: “May is cold – a year of grain production”, “If it rains in May, so will rye”, “In May there are two colds: when bird cherry blossoms and when oak blossoms”, “When the birch leaf dissolves in front of the alder, the summer will be dry, and if the alder is ahead, it will be wet”, “If the beginning of May is warm, it will be cold at the end” (and vice versa), “After wet May – dry June”, “Fogs in May they promise fertility, thunderstorms – abundance.
Prepared by Elena Veksler, photo pixabay.com.
Also try cooking easy spring egg pie.