Posts Tagged ‘mushrooms’

Mushroom stroganoff

May 30, 2021

In essence beef stroganoff where mushrooms replace the beef.

Simmer basmati rice in boiling water, 20 minutes, maybe less.

Slice dice an onion, stir fry for around 10 minutes.

Slice different varieties of mushroom. I used chestnut mushrooms and Portobello mushrooms 200g of each. When added to pan looks too much, but shrinks down.

Add one clove of garlic, peeled a d sliced.

Add paprika, add smoked paprika, add mustard.

Add slosh of white wine.

Recipe used fake cream, sod that. Why ruin a good dish to be able to call it vegan? Add creme fraiche. This give gives the creamy taste.

Drain rice, onto plates, add the mushrooms. A little watercress for decoration and garnish.

Very tasty though I prefer beef stroganoff, better still if made with sirloin steak.

I cooked the rice a little too long.

Last words to Jame Oliver

Thai mushroom and peanut noodles

May 8, 2021

Thai mushroom and peanut noodles Riverford vegan recipe box.

Ingredients: bunch of spring onions, garlic clove, 200ml can of coconut milk, Thai red curry paste, star anise, Thai red curry power, red pepper, chestnut mushrooms, spring greens, cherry tomatoes, peanut butter, noodles, optional red chilli pepper.

I will often substitute. For the red pepper a Romano red pepper from last week, for the cherry tomatoes overripe cherry tomatoes. I also substituted crunchy peanut butter as already had.

One medium, one large saucepan required.

Slice red pepper, mushrooms, garlic clove, red chilli pepper (deseed if too hot), slice spring onions, (green ends save for decoration of finished dish).

Water set to boil in the medium saucepan, to later add the noodles.

The method I changed. Instead of adding to large saucepan and frying, which I find ruins a saucepan, splosh of extra virgin cold pressed rapeseed oil, add dollop of coconut milk, half of the spring onions, garlic, Thai curry paste, curry powder, fry for about a minute, add remaining coconut milk.

Empty contents of frying pan into large saucepan.

Add star anise.

Add empty tin full of hot water to frying pan, swill around then empty into large saucepan.

Add large dollop of crunchy peanut butter to the large saucepan, stir.

Add the sliced mushrooms, tomatoes and red pepper to the large saucepan.

Add noodles to boiling water in medium saucepan.

Three minutes later add the spring greens.

After a further three minutes, add contents of medium saucepan to the large saucepan.

Serve, add green of spring onions for decorations.

Very tasty, goes well with a glass of red wine.

If I was to modify, add florets of broccoli instead of spring greens, add half a handful of raw peanuts.

Cautionary note: Despite my precautions, contents stuck and burnt to the bottom of the large saucepan. Essential to stir periodically.

Hunter’s chicken stir-fry

April 16, 2021

In France a chicken chasseur, in Italy chicken cacciatore. The names as varied as the ingredients and method of preparation, strips of chicken breast or whole chickens thighs, but in essence saute the chicken, then it morphs into a hot pot or stew with the addition of mushrooms, vegetables, spices and wine.

The French explanation, hunting in the forest for chickens (sounds implausible hunting for chickens, wild boar yes, chickens no), whilst out in the forest, forage for mushrooms, when arrive back home, hand to the chef who will pop in a pot with whatever is available.

In this recipe, we start as stir-fry, then simmer in wine and a little water. Served with brown basmati rice.

Brown basmati rice simmer for twenty minutes.

Slice cherry tomatoes in half, slice one red onion, slice chestnut mushrooms.

Slosh of extra virgin cold pressed rapeseed oil in a large flying pan, add strips of chicken breast, sear both sides.

Remove chicken, pop on a plate.

Slosh more oil, add tomatoes, onion, chopped up ginger, mushrooms, stir-fry.

Add thyme and bay leaf.

Add the seared chicken.

Sir fry for a few minutes.

Add wine, chicken bouillon, tomato puree, tarragon, parsley, water if needed, simmer for several minutes.

Serve with the basmati rice.


One change I would make, once in season, new potatoes to replace the rice.

Examples of variations of the dish, Italian and French. 

Paprika beef with wild garlic and mushrooms

April 14, 2021

Potatoes scrubbed, cut smaller, pan of slightly salted boiling water, simmer for 20 minutes

Mushrooms sliced, popped in a frying pan with slosh of extra virgin cold pressed rapeseed oil and chopped thyme.

Escalopes of beef thinly sliced, mushrooms removed from the pan, beef added, another slosh of oil.

Beef seared both sides, paprika added, a little salt, once seared and brown, mushrooms back in the pan.

Add to pan, wild garlic, thyme.

Add to pan, crème fraiche.

Simmer for around five minutes, then ready to serve.


Suggestions: Wait until new potatoes and fresh peas in season, for the cream could add Greek yoghurt, sirloin steak cut into strips.

Jamie Oliver a useful guide (though not the same).

Espresso Mushroom Company

December 11, 2017

What to do with the coffee grounds?

Coffee grounds are what you see the barista tapping out after he or she has made your coffee. If you do not see, it is the loud banging you hear.

Coffee grounds can be used for compost or on your garden.

A few coffee shops put the grounds out in a paper carrier for gardeners to take away. More should follow their good example.

The coffee grounds can be used in cakes, instead of ground coffee.

The coffee grounds can be used for making coffee cups, jewellery, even furniture.

Or can be used for growing oyster mushrooms.

Espresso Mushroom Company using a cycle and trailer, collect the grounds from Small Batch. This explains why I have seen mushroom growing kits in Small Batch, supplied for growing oyster mushrooms at home.

The idea for growing mushrooms on coffee grounds came to the two co-founders of Espresso Mushroom Company after attending a talk by Gunter Pauli from ZERI, when he discussed how smallholder coffee growers were growing mushrooms on coffee pulp on their farms.

Each mushroom kit contains coffee from 100 espressos. What is left over can be used in the compost heap or spread on the garden.

In the natural world there is no concept of waste in time or space. Walk in ancient woodland, there is not growing piles of waste, not unless Man has been dumping waste. The output of one process is the input to another.

We should aim to close the cycle, to emulate these natural cycles, the output of one process the input to another, what we once saw as waste, the raw material for another process.

Casa Canaria

March 8, 2013

Casa Canaria

Casa Canaria

Casa Canaria is a pleasant little restaurant overlooking a little garden in front of the main church in Punta Brava.

The bright green plastic chairs and tables outside are a bit of an eyesore.

I had been told excellent tomato soup. I fancied tomato soup and so I walked along Playa Jardín from Puerto de la Cruz to Punta Brava.

No tomato soup, they did though have chicken soup. It was delicious. Chicken, carrots and spaghetti(?).

I thought I would try champiñones al ajillo, garlic mushrooms. I wish I had not as not very pleasant. Sliced mushrooms, hard to tell if fresh or tinned, little bits of what I assumed to be green and red peppers and garlic, cooked in olive oil.

Washed down with a glass of beer and two glasses of water.

In a pleasant location, overlooking a little square in front of the main church, but why then ruin the tranqulity of the spot with a widescreen TV. Yes a widescreen TV outside beamed at the outside seating area.

Walking back, I came across an interesting book a man was reading overlooking Playa Jardín.

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