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I'm now moving on to the third book in this journey - Mushroom: a mouthwatering medley of delightful dishes. I wish that Amazon showed the cover, which has a beautiful photograph of two mushrooms, highlighting the delicate undersides of the caps.

The first five recipes I'll prepare are:
* Chinese mushroom soup
* Scrambled eggs with chanterelles
* Warm mushroom, spinach & pancetta salad
* Mixed mushroom pizza
* Portobello mushrooms stuffed with spinach and bacon

It was fun shopping for all those different varieties of mushrooms. But I must try another store tomorrow or Monday, as I couldn't get all the ingredients. I was supposed to get dried shitake mushrooms and fresh chanterelles - but at the store I saw dried chanterelles and fresh shitake. I also totally forgot that I need 4 large portobello mushrooms! I also didn't find pancetta, but if I cannot find it by the time I have all the mushrooms, I'll use some other bacon that I already have on hand.

This slim volume is beautiful! Each recipe includes an artful photograph of the finished dish, and two small photographs showing two of the preparation steps.

By the way, are you wondering about my decision on Portuguese Home Cooking? It's a bit of indecision. I put it in a place for books that I will probably get rid of. Along my journey, I'll check my other cookbooks for my favorites from Portuguese Home Cooking (one you read about, and the other, bacalhau a braz, is a yummy one-skillet meal of cod, onions, potato, and eggs). If I find those recipes in other books, then I can easily get rid of Portuguese Home Cooking. Otherwise, I'll wait to see how many books I'm keeping. If I'm keeping at least a dozen books, then I won't give any books a second chance. If it looks like I'm tossing most of my books, then I'll give some a second chance.


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Jan. 31st, 2010 12:13 pm (UTC)
Mmmmm--mushrooms! I got a book this past summer about picking them, and it's so much fun. There are mushrooms everywhere, here, and even though I haven't actually picked any and eaten them, it's fun just to know more about them.

I ate a portobello mushroom sandwich at a restaurant once, and it was fab. That last recipe sounds marvelous, well, they all do :)
Feb. 1st, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)
I've seen lots of mushrooms, but I'm scared to pick them. What if I wind up picking something poisonous? I'll just buy them from the store and enjoy them. :-)
Feb. 5th, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
(I've set the perimeters back farther to see replies; I've been getting behind! :)

It's pretty easy regarding the poisonous ones, actually. If they have gills, don't pick them. Gills are the uniform long ridges; the ones from the store have gills, so not all of them are poisonous, but don't eat those. You see the gills by turning over a tiny bit of the edge of the mushroom, not picking the whole thing, in other words.

The others are fine, apparently, but I haven't really tried eating any wild mushrooms, just, I don't know, it's still nice to know a bit about them is all.
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