Tag: mushroom

Zucchini with Mushroom and Tomato

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Not long before writing this post, I happened to throw together a little vegetable side dish for a steak I was cooking. I used a half zucchini I had left over, along with some tomatoes and herbs, and the result was so tasty I thought I would share. I actually ended up embellishing the original recipe somewhat, notably by including mushrooms this time, but, as you will see, my opinion as to the success of those embellishments was a little mixed… Continue reading “Zucchini with Mushroom and Tomato”

Foodstuff: Chinese Dried Black Mushrooms (Shiitake)

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When I first tasted Chinese Black Mushrooms back in the mid 1980’s, they were not at all well known in my corner of the world. They were introduced to me by a Chinese room-mate I had in my second year of law school and it is quite a few years before I ever saw them for sale in local stores. Since then, though, they have become a staple in my pantry and I would say that rarely a week  passes that I do not include them in at least one meal or another.

These days, the dried, and even the fresh variety, are fairly easy to come by and most people are somewhat familiar with them,  albeit usually by the Japanese name, ‘Shiitake’. Still, although the mushrooms are almost ubiquitous, and the number of people who have never tasted them is diminishing, they don’t yet seem to be common in the kitchens of non-Asian Canadians. This is a shame really, as, aside from being extremely versatile, these little fungi, in their dried form, pack an umami punch that is nothing short of amazing… Continue reading “Foodstuff: Chinese Dried Black Mushrooms (Shiitake)”

Chicken with Mushroom and Pickled Bamboo

This will be the second post featuring the Chili Pickled Bamboo I introduced a little while ago. My wife is very fond of the product but she was away when I recently cooked my Dry-fried Beef with Preserved Bamboo and didn’t get to try it. So, for our supper tonight, I am putting together a simple but tasty dish that incorporates the pickle along with chicken, button mushrooms, and a little extra chili for some added spiciness… Continue reading “Chicken with Mushroom and Pickled Bamboo”