My Russian uncle used to tell me about his time in the Imperial Navy eating caviar. At the entrance to the officers’ mess was a huge basket of bread and a
When I was in college, payusnaya was the only kind of caviar I could afford, and I developed a real taste for it, finding that its “jammy” texture and concentrated flavors cry out for potatoes, crumpets, or English muffins.
Caviar in small quantities is a nasty tease, so always buy as much as you can afford.
Toast the crumpets and butter them generously. Spread the caviar on the crumpets, sprinkle with the pepper, and serve with lemon wedges.
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