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Foodstuff: Enokitake

Enoki Mushrooms 1

Enokitake, or Enoki Mushrooms, are commonly used in Japanese cookery, as much (and indeed probably more) for their pretty appearance as for flavour. In the wild, they are most commonly found growing on the stumps of various trees and, in that case, are often a fairly dark brown in color. In consequence, are known in Mandarin as jīnzhēngū 金針菇 (or “gold needle mushroom”). When cultivated, however, they exhibit the stark, ivory white you see pictured above… [READ MORE] Continue reading “Foodstuff: Enokitake”

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Minted Zucchini and Mushrooms

Minted Zucchini and Mushrooms 1

I love mint as both a sweet and savory flavoring but it struck me recently that I really only use it in a limited number of ways. I decided to remedy that and came up with this vegetable dish as a result. It is a dead simple production, should you want to try it, and it is the sort of thing that would work as a side dish in any number of meals… Continue reading “Minted Zucchini and Mushrooms”

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Veal with Peppers and Mushrooms

Veal with Peppers and Mushrooms 1

I put together this little recipe to use up the last of the Marinated Peppers I made and posted about a few weeks ago. I followed that original post with another one featuring a dish I called Pasta with Pork and Peppers and that inspired me to do something somewhat similar using veal as the combination of veal with peppers is very popular in Italian cuisine. Since the marinated peppers and their oil are already very robustly flavored with garlic and thyme, I have added little else to this dish by way of seasoning other than some lemon juice, lemon zest, and a little salt and pepper.

You could easily serve this over, or tossed with pasta, but I am just going to serve mine for supper along with just some crusty bread…  Continue reading “Veal with Peppers and Mushrooms”

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Bok Choy with Braised Mushrooms

Braised Bok Choy with Mushrooms 1

I actually put this little side dish together as a side for a leg of lamb I intended to roast but when I opened up the plastic wrapper it had clearly gone off. As a last minute substitute, I ended up braising a piece of flank steak in a little broth with some lemon juice and capers.

I often pan-fry up bok choy and add some mushrooms, most commonly as part of an Asian meal, but here I have used western seasonings and, in a switch from my usual practice, I gave the mushrooms a long braise in chicken stock with garlic first. The result, much more than simply frying the mushrooms, makes them deliciously tender and meaty…  Continue reading “Bok Choy with Braised Mushrooms”

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Shanghai Beef with Greens and Mushrooms

Shanghai Beef 1

I am calling today’s dish ‘Shanghai’ style Beef with Greens and Mushrooms as I am using the small Shanghai variety of Bok Choy for the greens and using a sauce blend that would be very much at home in both eastern and southern China. Rather than the more typical Chinese Black Mushrooms, I am complementing the beef with nice large white Button Mushrooms instead… Continue reading “Shanghai Beef with Greens and Mushrooms”

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Sautéed Mushrooms

Sauteed Mushrooms 1

Sautéed mushrooms may seem like a fairly pedestrian recipe for a blog post but, the truth is, I have been served so many poor renditions of this simple side dish that I thought I might share my basic technique for producing a pretty delicious result. The general theme can easily be ‘riffed’ on the inclusion of various herbs or other additions but, for this post, I will keep things fairly straightforward. Tonight, this particular effort will go as a topping for some lovely strip-steaks I bought for supper… Continue reading “Sautéed Mushrooms”

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Mushrooms stir-fry Pork and Shrimp

Mushrooms stir-fry Pork and Shrimp 1

Well, this dish is a bit of ‘thrown-together-at-the-last-minute’ kind of affair that was inspired by a need to use a piece of pork tenderloin I had leftover after using the rest in another meal. The result, clearly Chinese in spirit, was very tasty and took less time to cook than it did for the shrimp to thaw… Continue reading “Mushrooms stir-fry Pork and Shrimp”

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Experiment – Mushroom Fettuccine with Truffle oil

Sometimes, all you have in the house are canned mushrooms. For most purposes, they are just not good as fresh ones but Truffle oil, which I just featured in my last Foodstuffs post, can improve them no end. I actually had fresh mushrooms in the fridge last night when I made dish you see above but I really wanted to showcase the Truffle oil as a follow up to the original Foodstuffs post. Continue reading “Experiment – Mushroom Fettuccine with Truffle oil”