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"A mind lively and at ease" is a blog by a first-generation Russian-Ukrainian immigrant Maria K. (Maria Igorevna Kuroshchepova). An engineer by education, an analyst by trade, as well as a writer, photographer, artist and amateur model, Maria brings her talent for weaving an engaging narrative to stories of life, fashion and style advice, book and movie reviews, and common-sense and to-the-point essays on politics and economy.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Mama Masha - a menu for the weekend of food and friendship

My husband and I love to entertain, but it's been a while since we had anyone over. So, when a friend of mine came to visit with her parents (they hosted us after the Warrior Dash, gave us hot showers, and steak!), we went a bit hedonistic with food. Still it was great fun, and good time was had by all.

Lunch:

- 3 kinds of pirozhki: potatoes, mushrooms, and scallions; red cabbage, red onion, smoked sausage; dates wrapped in mozzarella cheese and prosciutto. (You can find a recipe for the pirozhki dough here).

- Borshch (the hot, red version).

- Herring in a fur coat.

- Veggie platter: locally grown organic pink tomatoes, home-made sweet and tangy pickled cucumber spears; home-made savory pickled yellow squash with extra dill.

- Iced tea: a mix of white herbal tea and black Russian tea.

All of these, except the veggie platter were made a day in advance, so all we had to do was heat up the borshch.

Dinner:

This was fun - after dark on the porch, in candle light, with chimnea going for warmth and lovely, fragrant smoke.

- Whole-wheat pasta with browned beef and home-made, coconut-milk-based tomato pasta sauce.

- Caprese - tomato slices, mozzarella, fresh basil leaves on toothpicks, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

- Sauteed pickled squash, carrots, sugar peas, broccoli and portobello mushrooms on a bed of fresh spinach leaves.

- A choice of chablis or merlot.

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