This is a Russian potato-mushroom pancake, essentially. I had them as my first real meal in St. Petersburg and made it a point to get to biz-nes-lench (funny cognate!) on time when possible. They’re definitely best served with sour cream and a bit of salt. What you need: about 4 large potatoes, lightly boiled and shredded 1c white mushrooms, chopped (I don’t remember the actual name...
Lemon Chicken Risotto
I’m back from Russia and it has been amazing! Not only did I learn a huge amount about another language and culture but I picked up some little known recipes and cooking methods. Part of the challenge was the lack of an oven or toaster; we had 3-6 burners to work with and a limited number of pots and pans. Similarly, when it came to finding ingredients I was left to improvise quite a bit. I...