Features Personal Journalism Video How the pandemic separated one family Elizaveta Shiro November 19, 2020 ONE FAMILY’S STORY ABOUT BEING SEPARATED IN TORONTO AND RUSSIA DURING THE PANDEMIC. By Liz Shiro Eugene Shiro picking mushrooms. For centuries, Russians have picked edible mushroom to use for cooking. This is an edible mushroom that is called porcini. It’s usually used in soups, stews and fried with potatoes. Shiro and his friends went berry picking. These are lingonberries, which mostly grow in pine forest. Shiro chopping firewood for the fireplace inside the house.