Tag Archives: +Ingredient: Mushroom

Baked Portobello and Cheeze Sammich

28 May

I recalled making Oven Roasted Portobello Sammiches two days after the amazing Mac N’ Cheeze as I had a lot of leftover cheeze sauce. It did not disappoint. The combination of portobello, Cheezely, spinach, rocket and cheeze sauce was perfect.

All I did was marinate the mushrooms in some light and dark soy sauce, dried oregano and basil (perhaps thyme too?), garlic, black pepper, and olive oil, thinned out with a bit of water. Baked at 200C for 15 minutes, top with Cheezely, and back in the oven till it melted. Juicy mushrooms :9


King of Mushrooms

2 Mar

We’ve just received a new design brief for class, and it involves designing wall decals for The Wall Sticker Company. Exciting! It seems like most of the current designs are very gender-specific; dinosaurs and cars for the boys, flowers and butterflies for the girls. Lots of floral, some video games-related and the occasional “furniture” theme for the general public. What would you like to stick on your wall? I am sort of thinking along the lines of a “roof” that is customisable, so that you can have your own shed inside! With little fun things to accessorise! We also have a couple of other projects involving other local small businesses, and a scarf for the upcoming Scarf Festival 2011 in Geelong.

This week, I realise that I’m willing to spend a lot more time in the kitchen if I had to cook for more than one, ie. myself. I bought the sweet potato on my first week back at school from Radical Grocery (which the new location makes it ridiculously easy for me to shimmy my way there between classes to get myself a Mr. Nice Guy cupcake), and only managed to cook it in week three. Anyway, this dinner was fast and easy, just the way weekday dinners should be.

Mashed sweet potato – Peel and cube sweet potatoes, microwave with a bit of water until tender, mash with Nuttelex, garlic powder, soy milk and salt.
Pan-seared king oyster mushrooms (love the chewy texture!) – Slice vertically into 6, marinate in 1/2 tsp soy sauce, 1/2 tsp bean paste, 1 tsp dark sauce, 1 tsp sesame oil, white pepper and a bit of water. Pan sear in hot pan/griddle until nicely browned.
Brocoli and sesame seeds – Microwave florets on high for two minutes, toss into pan with leftover mushroom jus, sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Sorta Italian Dinner

10 Jan

It is hard for my family to sit down and heavy a meal together. Now that I’m home for a little while, I’ve made a conscious effort to make at least one dinner a week for all, in a bid to negate all the carcasses that they put inside their bodies for the other 13 meals per week. I make all vegan meals and sometimes that doesn’t really excite the omnis so they make extra meaty stuff. We eat out at Chinese places almost exclusively, so when I bought polenta / corn grits at the fancy supermarket one day, I decided to make it an Italian night.

Polenta was made by sauteing 1 diced onion, garlic and pepper, before adding in 2 cups of corn grit with 5 cups of broth and 1 cup of soy milk. Simmer on low-medium heat, stirring constantly (!!!!!) until it is thick and most of the water has been absorbed. Your arms should ache after 30 minutes. Transfer to a cling wrap-lined baking tray to cool for at least an hour. It will harden and taste frickin’ good even when cold. Slice and pan fry until golden brown before serving.

Red wine mushrooms was easy (and lazy). Quarter some swiss brown, portobello, etc., and toss them in a heated oiled pan with some minced garlic. I also added hojimeishi mushrooms. When they are nice and brown, pour in some red wine where it just covers the surface of the pan, or more. Let it bubble away and when most of it has evaporated, throw in a pinch of S&P and chopped parsley. Stir around until it has just wilted and serve.

And there was a try of roasted vegetables – pumpkin, potatoes, onion, carrots and beet. I tossed mine in some balsamic vinegar when they were just out of the pan. I need to find better ways to dress my roast. And ways to cook a beet because it is certainly not a Chinese vegetable that I’m familiar with!

Dumplings and Wontons

11 Nov

There’s something so magical about these little parcels of tofu and mushroom goodness. Paired with lots of starch goodness on the outside and salty soy sauce, dumplings and wontons are definitely up there on my list of comfort food on a weekday night. They are incredibly easy to make, and look splendid once cooked. Everyone thinks you’re an amazing chef when you make some. Gather a group of friends, prepare the ingredients beforehand, sit at the table with some good tunes as you keep the conversation flowing, and wrap these little yummy things with your nimble fingers. You’ll be nomming on these in no time. May I also recommend frying a batch when a plate’s been filled up? You do need fuel to keep you going…

1. Gather your ingredients and cube everything!

2. Season generously! And I mean it! Then let this sit for 15 minutes as you lay your table with newsprint. No mess to clean up later!

3. Now put a teaspoon of filling in the middle of your wrapper. You don’t want to be too greedy. Exploding dumplings are not unheard/unseen of. Not speaking from personal experience.

4. Wrap! There are a few methods of doing so. I use the pea pod method as demonstrated here. My aunt’s a CHAMP at dumpling making. She taught me how to wrap them. Instead of making folds across in one direction, stop halfway and start folding from the opposite end, so that they meet in the center. Dust a plate with flour before placing dumplings.

I had 7 dumpling wrappers and so wontons with the rest of the filling. In this instance, use the “half moon” wrap as shown in the link above. I made 34 of them. Freeze the extras for a no fuss dinner.

Now that the hard work’s been done, there are a number of cooking options. Boil, steam or panfry the dumplings; deep-fry or boil the wontons.

The trick to panfrying dumplings is to add 1/4 cup of water into your pan after the bottoms had browned and put the lid on, allowing the insides to cook without burning the base.

Cook some broth and pop about 6 -8 dumplings in for a super comforting soup as you watch another episode of The Office.

Dumplings and Wontons
300g of firm tofu, cubed
6 large dried mushrooms, soaked and cubed
2 large spring onions, sliced thinly

1 packet of dumpling or wonton wrappers

5 tbs soy sauce
2 tbs dark soy sauce
1 tbs sesame oil
1/2 tsp ground white pepper (I know most people don’t seem to favour this, so reduce as required)

Dipping Sauce:
Soy sauce and sliced ginger or chilli sauce

Season tofu, mushrooms and spring onions for 15 minutes. Reserve mushroom liquid for broth. Add 1 tbs of liquid if season is running a bit low.

To panfry: Well grease a non-stick pan and place dumplings neatly and heat pan over large flame. As it starts sizzling, reduce to medium and watch as the bottoms start browning. When bottoms are firm, add a 1/4 cup of water and place lid on. Once most liquid has evaporated, remove lid and serve when skins are soft. You can flip it on one side and fry that too.

To make wonton soup: Bring about 2 cups of broth and reserved and strained mushroom liquid and handful of goji berries to a boil and add 1 chopped carrot and some mushrooms. When carrots are soft, plonk in wontons and cook for 5 minutes will skins are translucent. Throw in green leafy vegetables like choy sum and baby boy choy if you have on hand. This will also make a good meal if you put in some noodles. Serve with thinly sliced spring onions or coriander.

To make dipping sauce: Mix soy sauce and thinly sliced ginger together. I prefer mixing soy sauce and chilli sauce.


Weeknight congee dinner

1 Sep

Brown rice congee with carrots
//Simmer brown rice, water and carrots until softened.

Stir-fried gai choy, black fungus and mushrooms in a mixture of fermented beancurd and oyster sauce.
//Fry some minced garlic, black fungus and mushrooms for 3 minutes. // Toss in vegetables, fry and another minute. // Mix 1 cube of fermented beancurd, 3 tbs oyster sauce and a bowl of water, add into wok, put on lid, and simmer until liquid has reduced (uncover lid if there’s still too much liquid). // Season with rice wine and white pepper.

It’s September! Just 2.5 months to summer vacation!