Sep 222017
 
plated mushroom soup with chanterelles garnish

plated mushroom soup with chanterelles garnish

mushrooms for mushroom soup

mushrooms for mushroom soup

Again I proved myself correct, I cannot stand to follow recipes. While trawling instagram I I saw a post for Jamie Oliver’s 5 ingredient mushroom soup and that was all it took. Unable to find that recipe I used another mushroom soup recipe. Utterly underwhelmed with the recipe I began working from, let me give you an idea of how I made my mushroom soup.

Ingredients

Jamie Oliver’s recipe calls for crimini mushrooms only. I find this odd when there’s such a great variety of mushrooms to work with and we all know they’re one of the most nutritional foods we can eat.  The mushrooms I used included oyster, portabello, crimini, shitaki & a few chanterells & about 2 Ts of dried porcini I re-hydrated with 1C of boiling water. After  about a half hour I strained the soaking liquid through a fine sieve lined with a double layer of cheese cloth.  I added this into the simmering broth

I find slicing mushrooms an absolute joy. Prepping them, just as much fun. I never wash mushrooms, some I remove the outer layer from the cap and snip the tough bottom of the stem off, then I slice away to my hearts content. JO’s recipe calls for a red onion – diced. I happened to have a red onion, I diced half of that. I also added a few thinly sliced garlic cloves. I prepared about 5 Cs of vegetable broth from a bullion cube & boiling water.

Short of adding of a good dollop of cream, currently I’m using Mexican Crema, it’s a bit more reasonable & the exact same thing as creme fraiche, to well sauteed mushrooms, onions

& a sliced or minced garlic clove or two I splashed it all with a good jerk of Outerbridges Sherry Pepper sauce, my absolute favorite food additive and a few showers of my Grain moon eclipse blend Salt of D Earth. Should you not be as much a nutter for Outerbridges Sherry Pepper sauce as me, a splash of Marsala, brandy, standard white wine, or a good squirt of lemon juice will help brighten the mix.

 

Begin by cooking the mushrooms & onion with a knob of butter or olive oil if you wish for a good 20 minutes or until all the mushroom liquids cook off, then hit this mixture with a shot of the wine, or lemon juice, then add say, four cups of a broth or stock and if you have it, the strained porcini mushroom broth , fresh thyme. Turn the heat down & let this simmer for a good 15 – 20 mins. Turn the heat off  & let the mixture cool before adding a good dollop or 2 of the creme, heavy cream, half & half or milk.  JO’s recipes calls for making a cornflour roux, which I did but I think this is completely unnecessary.

 

Transfer in batches to a blender or use a wand to emulsify.

Serve with any number of garnishes, parsley, truffle oil, croutons, or maybe chanterelles or any mushroom you wish – garnishes – what a great an infinite topic that could be for a cookbook. I get so many iDeas each and every day.

Must jump now in hopes of capturing a few of my fleeting thoughts.

Oh, this made a nice amount of soup. I think I got 6-8 servings out of it.

 

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Apr 282017
 

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Nut loaf

A friend who bought a half dozen bottles of Salt of D Earth as holiday gifts wrote to say, “how the RhODy blend really pulled her nut loaf together.”  I wrote back immediately saying, “NUT LOAF, what do you mean nut loaf? How have I never heard of a nut loaf? You’ve gotta talk me through this one.” Within minutes she texted back saying that she’s never used a recipe to make a nut loaf & she’s been making them for years but she did include a link for a recipe in her text none the less.

I checked the recipe in the link knowing full well I too would be ‘Making it my own”.

I hemmed & hawed about whether or not this nut loaf could really constitute being a true Recipe 4 Survival since a majority of the ingredients are not basic staples and some of them are quite expensive, for instance organic nuts.  I knew I’d love it, I wanted to make something I’ve never tried before and the play on words that a nut loaf is NUTritious made it all worthwhile.

Now that I’ve made it, nut loaf is a perfect recipe for survival. So here’s the rough math: the ingredients used to make a 9″ loaf cost about $18. At least 10 hearty slices can be had from the 9″ loaf which I know would suffice a family of 4 with left overs, so YES, nut loaf is a Recipe 4 Survival.  A slice, pan-seared makes a killer sandwich – especially since I used up my ancho chili infused maple syrup roasted butternut squash like a jam on the toast.  It freezes & reheats really well and it’s so NUTritious! IMG_8885

The ingredient’s & quantities called for seemed like overkill to me and I could tell what they were calling for and the final product would be very forgiving short of picking up mushrooms & cottage cheese I made my first nutloaf with basic staples I have at home.

If you happen to have left over or cooked rice, putting a nut loaf together takes almost no time at all. Let’s say 20-30 mins prep & 50-60 mins baking time.

Here’s what I did to make my nut loaf.

Preheat the oven to 350°

2 – 3 Cs cooked (short grain) brown rice – 1 cup of short grain brown rice yielded .

2 Portabello Mushroom tops & 1 stem – chopped.

2 dents of Garlic – minced or diced

1/2 large Onion – diced

sherry – splash/1/4 cup.

1 C Almonds – toasted & 1 C Walnuts – toasted

3 or 4 eggs – beaten

1 C – cottage or pot/farmer’s cheese

1 C Grated cheese – Cheddar or Smoke Gouda

(Pecans, Brazil nuts, cashews – whatever your fancy. I used nuts that are staple ingredients for me and I believe everyone should too)

I cooked 1 cup of short grain brown rice which I let toast lightly in the pan I sautéd the mushrooms in  then I added two cups of water, let that come to a boil for 5 mins. Turn the heat down, put a top on the pan and let the rice steam for a good 20 mins.

I pulsed to a fine chop 2 Portabello mushroom tops & 1 stem in my small food processor then cooked them off in a heavy bottomed pan with just enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan, 2 good sized dents of garlic roughly chopped  & 1/2 an onion diced.  I added various pinches of dry herbs, primarily thyme & sage which probably equal about a teaspoon each.  When the mushroom liquid evaporated I splashed in some sherry – a staple for me and let that cook off. Turn off the heat & let the mushroom mixture cool in a bowl.

Next I toasted the nuts, 1 C of  almonds & 1 C of walnuts I toasted each separately, a handful at a time in a small saute pan over a medium heat. This takes no time at all, just until you smell the aroma of the nuts by wafting the air over the pan. I tossed those into small food processor and pulsed.

In a large bowl combine the nuts & the cooked rice    IMG_8874

In another bowl beat 4 eggs, & 1 cottage or pot/farmer’s cheese. The recipe called for 5 eggs & 1 Cup of the pot/farmer’s cheese. Believe me, if I hadn’t been able to get the freshest most beautiful farmer’s cheese, I would have left it out. Season with Salt of D Earth or S & P.

Add the egg & cottage cheese and the sautéd mushrooms to the nut & rice mixture and stir to incorporate well.  This is when I added about a 1/4# of grated smoked Gouda & handful of dried cranberries.  I think apple chunks would work nicely in the mix. Maybe in place of a cup of nuts?  There’s sO much one can do to make this dish their own it’s NUTS.

Pour the mixture into a greased 9″ Pyrex loaf dish IMG_8877and decorated the top of the loaf. I used slices of apple. IMG_8881 Sliced mushrooms, a sprig of thyme, would look beautiful. I slid this into the preheated oven and let it cook for 50 minutes, turned the heat off & left the loaf in the oven another good 10 minutes.

Nut loaf is so great on so many levels. It travels well. It’s a great pot luck dish for a party, it’s filling and again, oh so NUTritious. The first time I made the nut loaf  it was so well received I scored big time as it took center field on the grazing table at a Superbowl party amongst a huge pot of vegetarian chili, cheesy nachos, traditional toppings, 2 different bowls of guacamole  & various dipping chips.

You too will score big time with this one. YUM.

 

 

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