Don’t be jealous, but when I was shopping at our nearest magazine (grocery store), I found these on an aisle end cap, with some other sea life, in a high traffic area. Baby octopuses!
Since we ARE in Russia, I wonder if they are pickled in vinegar…
I was surprised, and a little grossed out to see them. I cannot imagine what they are used for. I searched a little in the two Russian cookbooks that we own, and I could not find a single recipe that called for octopus, adult or baby. However, they must be used for something somewhat common, because the magazines located randomly all around us are small and don’t carry a huge selection, so they wouldn’t use the valuable shelf space if people didn’t buy it.
I have eaten dried squid in the past, and actually really liked it, but I’m not so sure about these whole, baby octopuses. I think I might pass on this cultural experience, just like the horse jerky.