Bread is my favorite food. In a hypothetical line-up of all indulgent foods, I would undoubtedly go for the breads first. I don't even know what about it I find so irresistible, but yet again, I will pin it on my Soviet upbringing.Like the French, and this is likely our only similarity, we used to buy fresh bread daily. The bread contained no preservatives so it went bad pretty quickly, and we never stored it in the fridge since we owned neither toaster nor microwave to revive it with later. The bread was often still warm when we brought it home from the bakery and . . .
Traditional Russian holiday tables always feature the same cast of characters. Without fail, these include Salat Olivier (a mayo-dressed potato salad), red caviar (salmon roe), and this roasted eggplant spread - known in Russian as eggplant ikra (pronounced eek-rah). Ikra is the Russian word for caviar and according to the interwebs, this spread used to be known as "poor man's caviar". I don't really buy this story since caviar was pretty affordable in the Soviet Union - if you could find it, that is - and all men were poor. But hey, who am I to rewrite . . .
This mushroom and pesto pasta is an easy weeknight-friendly recipe to satisfy your pasta cravings. It starts with a delicious homemade basil pesto, made with budget-friendly walnuts instead of the more traditional pricey pine nuts. Feel free to double this batch of pesto and keep it on hand for spreading on sandwiches or tossing with roasted vegetables, like potatoes or carrots, throughout the week. Pesto also freezes nicely, which is useful if you don't plan on using it up within a week.With that said, if you're short on time, this recipe will work just as . . .