Sunday, October 16, 2011

Biscotti & Coffee

Our new roommate (Lyss) brought us these from the cafe she works at --

A perfect pre-pumpkin-carving treat.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Simon's New Camera

(just a side o' broccoli and mushrooms)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Portabella Burgers

An eighty-degree day in mid-October? To the grill we go!

Mushroom burgers have always seemed wimpy to me -- a cop-out to a wonderfully rare and juicy beef burger.

But Bean wanted to grill today, and the urge for a burger strikes me in slow intervals. The urge for mushrooms, however? ALL OF THE TIME.

1. Boil some kale that a dear roommate has in surplus.
2. Crack open some goat cheese
3. Put a giant portabella, doused with olive oil, garlic and salt, on the grill for five or six minutes.
4. When you flip the mushroom, put the intended bun on the grill; flip after around three minutes.
5. After five minutes (or so) of second-side cook-time: take everything off!

It is imperative that you assemble all of the ingredients at once after cooking, and then promptly mow down.

1. Spread goat cheese on top (toasted) bun
2. Lay kale on bottom bun
3. Plop on the (flaccid and willing) mushroom
4. Join top and bottom buns

The first (and only previous) time I tried a mushroom burger, it was unsatisfactory, but the heartiness of this might actually pass for a beef patty. And for a mushroom-lover like me, it was many times better!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Grape Leaf Ramekins

Another first-course idea.

Grape leaves (with Arborio rice) and cherry tomatoes and mushrooms in a tiny ramekin. Serve hot or cold!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Macaroni & (Goat) Cheese

Bean wanted to make macaroni today, so I decided to join him with my own take. He does not enjoy mushrooms, so I concocted a single-serving meal for me.

1. Boil some favorite pasta (shells, in this case).
2. Steam some glorious vegetables:

cherry tomatoes

(I added some oregano and basil to the pasta boilage for flavor).

When the pasta was done, I added a chunk o' goat cheese until it melted. When it has just homogenized, add the steamed vegetables, stir, and serve. I topped this with Panko bread crumbs.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Shrimp Cocktail

I steamed mushrooms for the first layer, and added chopped tomato for the second. The top was boiled shrimp in Thai Curry spice, with sliced cucumbers for garnish.

A scrumptious appetizer, if nothing else!