I’m back at my country place for summer! As I’m super busy working outdoors and as my kitchen here is equiped in a much simpler manner, food is quick & low fuss.
Today this is how lunch is starting out. Add grilled eggplants & mushrooms, couscous and rosé of course!
Preceded by pastis and followed up by a nap…
Enjoy your weekend!
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Here’s the beginning of lunch today Pho being my go to cold weather fastfood…
Almost a recipe here.
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Yesterday while looking for boletus, I found about a kilo of hypomyces lactifluorum, better known as lobster mushroom. I whipped up this chowder for a quick and simple dinner. The combo of flavours with the richness of the cream makes it quite a decadent little thing.
Hypomyces lactifluorum AKA lobster mushroom
Lobster mushroom & corn chowder
- 500 gr (1 lb) lobster mushrooms, cleaned and diced
- 235 ml (1 cup) leeks, white part only, cut in half and thinly sliced
- 2 fresh ears of corn, kernels cut off the cob
- 2 Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced
- 235 ml (1 cup) celery, diced
- 45 ml (3 tbs) olive oil
- 2.5 ml (1/2 tsp) sweet Spanish paprika
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 L (4 cups) vege stock, homemade or best quality store-bought
- 235 ml (1 cup) off-dry Riesling
- 235 ml (1 cup) vegan cooking cream
- salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 30 ml (2 tbs) fresh chives, chopped
Heat the olive oil in a heavy pan. Add the lobster mushroom and sauté over medium heat for 10 minutes until tender. Add the leeks and paprika, sauté 3 more minutes. Deglaze the pan with the wine and simmer for 5 minutes. Add stock, bay leaf, potatoes, celery and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Add corn kernels, cream, salt & pepper and simmer for 5 minutes more. Serve garnished with chives.
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Mushroom risotto and grilled asparagus, you’ve seen this before, it’s one from my classic repertoire! This version uses wild boletus picked earlier in the day and locally grown asparagus.
Wild harvested boletus risotto with grilled asparagus.
For the risotto
350 ml (1 1/2 cups) short grain rice preferably Carnaroli or Vialone Nano
750 ml (3 cups) homemade vegetable stock (or best store-bought, might have some left over)
115 ml (1/2 cup) dry white wine
1 french shallot, finely chopped
500 gr (1 lb) fresh boletus, cleaned, trimmed and sliced
15 ml (1 Tbsp) olive oil
vegan cooking cream (not coffee creamer!)
freshly ground nutmeg to taste
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
In a small saucepan bring stock to a simmer and keep hot.
In a medium size heavy saucepan, cook the shallot and mushrooms in the oil over moderate heat, stirring occasionally for 10 to 15 minutes until mushrooms are done. Add rice and nutmeg and cook, stirring, 3 minutes. Add white wine and simmer until evaporated. Raise heat to medium high and add hot stock gradually in small amounts while stirring gently, almost constantly. After approximately 17 minutes, when rice is tender and creamy-looking but still al dente, take off the heat, add soy cream, salt & pepper and stir well.
Cover to rest 2-3 minutes. Serve immediately after.
The asparagus were sprayed with olive oil and grilled a couple of minutes on each side.
I’ve plated this with thyme and nasturtium flowers from the garden and a sprinkle of Maldon salt.
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With this tropical weather I’m craving tropical food. This simple and refreshing combo is prepared quickly and requires no fussing at all. And as the satés are BBQ, no need to fire up the oven and warm up the house further.
Green papaya salad and smoked tofu satés with peanut dipping sauce
- 2 packs of smoked tofu, cut lengthwise in 1 cm thick slices
For the marinade
- 60 ml (1/4 cup) kecap manis
- 30 ml (2 tbs) soy sauce
- 30 ml (2 tbs) fresh lemon juice
- 30 ml (2 tbs) vegetable oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 stalk fresh lemongrass, trimmed, smashed and cut into pieces
- 15 ml (1 tbs) fresh ginger, grated
- 5 ml (1 tsp) ground turmeric
- 5 ml (1 tsp) ground cumin
- 5 ml (1 tsp) ground coriander
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
For the sauce
- 125 ml (1/2 cup) crunchy natural peanut butter
- 125 ml (1/2 cup) unsweetened coconut milk
- 60 ml (2 tbs) light brown sugar
- Pinch cayenne
12 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for at least 20 minutes
- Combine all the marinade ingredients.
- Arrange the tofu slices in a single layer in a large and shallow dish, cover with the marinade and refrigerate at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hres.
- Remove the tofu from the marinade and thread the slices on bamboo skewers.
- Grill over hot coals until golden brown, turning once.
- While the satés cooks, put the sauce ingredients in a small sauce pan and warm gently stirring to combine well.
- Let the satés cool slightly and serve them with the peanut sauce for dipping.
Green papaya salad
- 1 liter (4 cups) green papaya, shredded
- 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
- 15 green beans, cut in 2 cm pieces
- 2 Thai chili peppers, finely chopped
- 75 ml (1/3 cup) vegan nước chấm
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- juice of 1 ½ lime
- 45 ml (3 tbs) palm sugar
- 60 ml (4 tbs) toasted peanuts, chopped
- Peel and shred the papaya using a grater with medium to large sized holes. Reserve.
- In a large bowl, combine chili peppers, vegan nước chấm, garlic, lime juice and palm sugar and mix until sugar is dissolved.
- Add the cherry tomatoes, green beans and green papaya and mix well.
- Top with peanuts and serve.
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Grilled spring onions to me equals fiesta! Mexican Cambray onions or Catalan Calçots, spring onions with their slightly bulbous base and tender, delicious flesh are the perfect thing to trough on the grill. I buy mine at my local Mexican grocery. They’re the perfect snack or side. You’ll see it’s so easy to make, this hardly requires a recipe.
Freshly picked Cambray onions
- 20 Cambray onions
- 1 tablespoons vegetable oil
- coarse salt to taste
- 1 lime, cut into 4 wedges (to garnish)
Prepare your grill.
Clean the onions and trim the ends, leaving about 15 cm (6″) of green stalk and coat them with oil and salt.
Grill over glowing coals for 5 to 7 minutes, or until softened and lightly charred, turning them a few times (Alternatively, you can broil then for 10 to 12 minutes.)
Serve immediately, garnished with lime wedges.
The sweet, lightly charded onions would pair well with simple German Riesling, but then again, what doesn’t!
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