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"A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch." - James Beard


Saturday, June 22, 2013

Pasta with (Very) Fresh Mushrooms

Mushrooms and I have a tumultuous relationship. When I was a kid I hated them more than any other food and would not tolerate even a sliver of mushroom on my pizza or pasta.  The first time I tasted and enjoyed mushrooms was in my 20s when friends grilled some marinated portobello mushrooms for a meatless dinner. It was a revelation, and I've been experimenting more with mushrooms ever since.  I still wouldn't say they're one of my favourite foods, but I do cook with them regularly and always eat them when they appear on my plate.  This is a big relief to Matt, who loves mushrooms.

So I'm sure my teen-aged self would be shocked to know that I not only eat mushrooms, but actually grew my own at home and enjoyed them.

I received this super cool mushroom kit from Mushrooms Canada and was very excited to grow them.  

The mushroom spores are in the kit so I just soaked it in water, then misted it twice daily for 10 days and the mushrooms started to grow!  Here they are starting to peep out.

After a few more days they started to look like mushrooms.

Then, finally, after about 10 days they were fully grown oyster mushrooms.

I just plucked them from the box and separated them.

Then chopped them up.

My favourite way to cook mushrooms is sautéed with onions, garlic and thyme.  So I figured I could easily incorporate those flavours into a quick pasta that would highlight the flavour of the mushrooms.  

I sautéed a diced onion in a little oil, then added the chopped mushrooms, a minced garlic clove, some thyme leaves and a sprinkle of chili flakes.  I cooked it for about 5 more minutes.

Meanwhile I cooked up about half a pound of whole wheat orecchiette and drained it. 

I added a cup of wine to the pan with the mushrooms and tossed in the pasta and a tablespoon of butter to make a sauce.  

Here it is, piled on a plate.  

I added a little parmigiano reggiano and a sprinkling of thyme leaves and served.  My hunch about these flavours was correct, this was a fantastic meal.  The mushrooms were rich and delicious and the garlic, onions and thyme were a great complement.  

1 comment:

  1. Fabulous post! I love the recipe you created for your fresh mushrooms and I'm so happy you've become a mushroom lover and good luck with the final prize draw...