Thursday, February 21, 2008

Pushing up shrooms

I love mushrooms. I love to eat them and I love to make little mushroom appliqués. I neglected to tell you all about the delicious mushrooms I cooked up a couple weeks ago.

Okay, so this blog is a LOT about cooking. What can I say??? My love lies in the kitchen. Cuz that's where I sew, batik, cook, and prepare the meals to feed my DH and cats. Well, they get crunchies and tuna, but still! I feed them with love!!!

We had to go visit a friend down in Silver Spring, MD, and passed the KoreanKorner supermarket along the way. This is one of those hustle-bustle-type places with, obviously, groceries and goods catering to Asian cuisine. It is an International market, with a small Latino-section where DH was hoping to score some bottled Cokes. They make their cokes with cane sugar--not high frutcose corn syrup which is nasty and cheap.

Overwhelmed by the dozens of people just in the produce section alone, DH quickly searched the store and found no cokes. Pissed off, he said he'd go wait in the car, as I hadn't even made it thru the snap pea section.

And then I saw them.

King Oyster Mushrooms

Aren't they just perfect?

I mean, who wouldn't love and want these mushrooms? Unless you are of the freak-ish type that doesn't like mushrooms. . . But they just looked so lovely. . . all packaged up beautifully in the clear-wrapped Styrofoam container. They looked so white, so fresh, trimmed precisely and seemed so well cared for. Like a little gift.

I just had to have them.

The following night, I sliced them up with some garlic. I couldn't really find a descent collection of recipes or ideas when I Google'd it, which is my number one spot to find answers--to anything. (on a side-note, I have to point out how funny I think it is when people have no idea where to find things on the web and don't even think about Google!)

I had a hankering for some shrimp, too, so I thawed some that I had in the freezer and made a little sauce with vegetable stock, soy sauce, sesame oil and black pepper.

I served it over steamed rice & carrots and it was awesome.

These mushrooms have sort of a chewy texture to them---very much like Shiitake mushrooms.*

*This concludes the story of the mushroom stir-fry.

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Unknown said...

Yum! Funny I always get annoyed when people ask a question, I google it, and there are pages of really relevant and good answers. That's ok, I make myself look SO SMART and I talk all like I knew the answer before the google search. *snickers*

Infinite Cosmos said...

oh my goodness those look absolutely delectable!! I wish you lived closer because i would be inviting myself over all the time for some yummy cookins of yours!
If you love mushrooms, you'd love it here in the pacific NW. There are sooooo many mushroom species around here and you never have to go far to find some good edible mushies around here in the fall!

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