One of my favorite foods in the winter months is sautéed mushrooms. I know, it sounds gross. But if you let those babies sit for at least a half hour, you’re looking at whole new mushrooms. They’re savory, salty and melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
Mushrooms are very watery, so you only need a little bit of olive oil to coat them in the beginning. Once they start to release their water, you can lower the heat and let them sit. They will also shrink a lot, so don’t be alarmed if you start off with a frying pan overflowing in sliced mushrooms.
Tomorrow is a complete vegan meal day. Breakfast: my favorite oatmeal with maple syrup and blueberries. Lunch: vegetable and cashew stir-fry. Snacks: carrots and homemade roasted garlic hummus, my Graze Box sweet Memphis barbecue nut mix, and a banana before cycling class.
My yummy dinners from the past two nights. On the top: buckwheat with falafel, Tesco mushroom stir-fry mix, and Scotch Bonnet papaya hot sauce. On the bottom: buckwheat with organic potatoes (the best taste!), frozen veggies, and the same fiery hot sauce. 🔥🔥 Kuba and I have planned our meals carefully so we can use up all our dry goods, like buckwheat, rice, and even things like these falafel patties that were hidden in the freezer. 😜 I am bringing a few dry goods with us to Spain, namely the rest of my peanut butter powder, cocoa nibs, and some Nakd bars, but for the most part we are using up everything right on schedule! 😋 I won’t let myself waste food, so planning meals in advance is key! 🙂
plsssss what is the recipe for the tofu lettuce wraps??? help a sista out
Sure thing! Several of these items will need to be purchased if you don’t regularly cook East Asian foods so it’s more of a “specialty” recipe. Everything should be available at non-Asian stores except for the vegetarian oyster sauce which can be a bit difficult to find.
¾-1 block of tofu with the water pressed out and cut into small cubes
1 small can of bamboo or water chestnuts (I didn’t have water chestnuts so I subbed bamboo and it was great)
If you don’t use water chestnuts, a handful or two of chopped walnuts adds a good crunchy texture
1/3 cup diced onion
1-2 teaspoons minced garlic
3 stalks of green onions diced
Stir fry sauce:
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1.5 tablespoons vegetarian oyster sauce (sometimes called mushroom/vegetarian stir fry sauce–can be substituted with regular oyster sauce if not vegetarian)
1 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons mirin
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
1-2 tablespoons of corn starch mixed with water to thicken
Dipping sauce (or spoon over the top of filling for less of a mess)
3 tablespoons ponzu soy sauce (can be bought or made by combining soy sauce, mirin, rice vinegar, sweetener, and lemon)
1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce
Iceberg lettuce for wraps
Maifun rice noodles fried in oil or softened in hot water (optional)
1. Sauté the tofu in a tablespoon of oil until golden brown. Add onion and garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes. Add stir fry sauce and bamboo/water chestnuts for 2 minutes.
2. Slowly stir in cornstarch/water mixture until desired consistency.
3. Remove from heat. Stir in diced green onions and walnuts if using.
4. Mix ponzu sauce with chili oil and fill lettuce wraps.
1. indis. prob took extensive care of valinor after the darkening so A+ good references there for house-sitting
2. maglor, probably is pretty good at housekeeping after the 5 younger siblings + two wards, and might also leave behind some great recordings of all the music he composed/practiced while being bored
3. earendil, a little on the fence about this because i’m sure that living in a ship a lot of the time means being super good at keeping an eye on things and keeping stuff clean, but on the other hand, a house is not a ship. uh. does anyone remember Admiral Boom from Mary Poppins? Like that.
4. pippin. is a hobbit on one hand, but is a spoiled rich kid who grew up with servants on the other. i figure he could have an A+ mushroom stir fry ready for me when i get back but idk what shape the house itself would be in
5. treebeard. i have a suspicion my houseplants would rise up to rebel against me when i got the house back after he was done with it.
Day in the life of a law student, 21/01/16 Thursday.
8:30: I woke up at 8:30, I stick my alarm on my desk so I have to get out of bed to turn it off and then I walk over to my window and open my curtains. Then I make my bed, sit down and scroll through social media.
9:00: this is when I start to get ready for the day so I had a shower, got dressed and then made breakfast. For breakfast I had coffee, two kiwi’s, one banana (half on the toast one on the side) and peanut butter and banana on toast. I then did my hair and makeup.
10:00: I started to plan for the day so I planned my day out in my bullet journal, and then read over that days lecture notes.
10:40: I get ready to leave the house, I was wearing brown timberlands, black skinny jeans, stripy shirt from zara, long back coat for h&m, black and white scarf, and my bag is from primark. It only takes around five minutes to get to lecture but by the time I’ve actually left the house and met my friends it’s lecture time.
11:00: Constitutional and administrative law lecture on parliamentary democracy. I sit near the front and write out my notes into a note book.
13:00: My lecture was meant to finish at one but finished around half twelve, so I went home and made lunch (by this point I was starving). I made a mushroom and salmon stir fry (noodles, salmon, sizzling Singapore sauce, mushrooms, cabbage, onion, carrot, and bean sprouts). I sat in the front room as a few of our mates were over and then I went and watched TV and made sure I had all my prep done for my workshop.
15:00: Constitutional and administrative law workshop.
17:00: started cooking dinner, I boiled some pasta and then added left over beef Bolognese and a little bit of cheese.
I then studied for a bit, took a break around seven and hung out with my house mates and then studied until around 10:45.
23:00: I went downstairs did my dishes, made a cup of the clippers snore and peace night time tea and then watched a bit of house and went to sleep.
Let me know if you find this helpful or interesting as I am thinking of doing it for a whole week.
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Possibly the biggest issue I have with chicken of the woods is preparation. It can get too dry, crumbly and often does not have a lot of taste. I use chicken of the woods for pizza (see previous posts), barbecue mushroom burgers, and stir fry. It can be good if kept moist, but is more or less just a substitute for chicken. However, in this dish chicken does not work real well, but chicken mushroom works fantastically. This is likely my favorite dish using chicken of the woods and overall one of the most none traditional mushroom dishes I make. In general it is just a vegetarian twist on apples onions and bacon, substituting mushroom for the bacon, but it works really well.
Ingredients (serves 2 or 3 as a side dish 1 as a main dish)
1 medium Apple - I use early apples right off the tree but Granny Smith work
1 medium onion
A little less then a ¼ cup of brown sugar
Maple seasoning rub - If you want to make this up go ahead, but I just buy it
2 tablespoons butter or oil - you a can put in way more but I like to keep it light on the fats
1 cup water
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 ½ to 2 cups chicken of the woods
Cut up the apple, onion, and mushrooms as shown. Get rid of any of the mushroom that is not tender or crumbles. It will not get tender it will be dry and disappointing.
Fry the apple an onion for 3 to 4 min. in a little butter
Add your mushroom, brow sugar, seasoning, and ½ cup of water. Boil down then add the other ½ cup and boil down. This will cook the mushroom thoroughly.
Now add the last of the butter and the cayenne pepper, fry a minute or so longer.
All of this takes about 20 min.
If the mushroom is not sweet and tender do not simmer off as much liquid next time or add more butter. This is not meant to be a fancy dish. I could add red wine, cinnamon and a dash of …… I don’t I like simple, quick, ways to cook mushrooms.
PS I show it with rice, but that is just because I wanted rice with lunch today.