Pickled Mushrooms ala The Master and Margarita
The Master and Margarita is one of my all-time favorite books. It’s a fantastic fantastical satire of Soviet society published in the mid-60s but written during Stalin’s reign.
The idea is that the devil visits Moscow with an entourage and befriends a woman named Margarita, whose lover has been jailed for being a writer. Margarita is a witch, and shenanigans pursue. There’s also a backstory involving Jesus. You should read it if you haven’t.
One of the devil’s entourage is a large talking cat named Behemoth. He carries a gun and a gas stove and is kinda a jerk, as cats tend to be.
Sue was tickled to see this in Ulan Ude. M&M is her fave too.
In one scene, Behemoth eats pickled mushrooms with a fork, and for some reason this image stuck with me, mainly because I’m fond of both cats and mushrooms.
So, I had to make pickled ’shrooms for VeganMoFo — I modified a pickled mushroom recipe from Food.com using a mix of white and fancy fungi. They’re super simple to make but look classy enough on an appetizer tray.
Zeno would not comply when I asked him to pose with the pickled mushrooms as a Behemoth stand in, thus again proving that cats are jerks.
What a jerk.
- 1/4 cup dry white vinegar
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 3 tablespoons water
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 2 large garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 12 oz mushrooms, cut into quarters if they’re big
- Combine all ingredients, minus the mushrooms, in a small saucepan. Boil over medium heat for 3 minutes.
- Add mushrooms, bring back to a boil, and stir for another minute.
- Chill overnight to allow flavors to combine and mushrooms to marinate. Serve cold.
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