I got a free subscription to Saveur magazine a few months ago. Since I am not going to the gym anymore, which is where 99% of my magazine reading occurred, my magazine stack is the size of a small child. I started flipping through an older issue to get some dinner ideas yesterday, and realized how much my cooking style has changed in the past year or so. I used to be all about the elaborate meals that take forever and require trips to three different grocery stores. I even made homemade pumpkin gnocci (note: good, but totally not worth the effort). These days, I am much more inclined to eat something like this:
Simple. Fast. Easy. Delicious. I roasted some asparagus (Kelly’s little knowledge nugget about the ‘asparagus pee smell’ had me craving it…the asparagus, that is, not the pee smell), some Brussels, some peppers and some kabocha. While that was going on, I was finishing Kelly’s dress!!! (Hence the, um, crispiness of the brussels. Luckily, I’m cool with burnt.)
A few weeks ago, I won some MarxFoods dried mushrooms, and I have been scared unsure how to use them. Last night, I threw caution to the wind (that’s me getting all crazy. I know, I know, watch out!) and made the most simple, flavorful sauce with a new vegetable! Er, are mushrooms vegetables? No, Katie, they are a fungus. In fact, they aren’t even in the plant kingdom. Aren’t you getting a PhD in Biology?
Porcini Mushroom Sauce (Makes about 1 cup)
- 1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1/2 tsp vegetable broth powder
- salt and pepper
- 1/2 tsp cornstarch
- 1/4 -1/2 cup water
Soak the dried mushrooms in the boiling water about 10 minutes. Using the soaking water, add all the ingredients except water to a food processor or magic bullet, and puree until smooth. Add water as needed. Heat in microwave for about 30 seconds to thicken.
It looks boring, but it was probably the best dinner I’ve had in months. Simple is my new motto. And I ate it with chopsticks, as I have been doing the last few nights, in honor of Katie’s chopstick challenge.
Speaking of challenges…
Have you done any of the Earth Day Challenges yet? The dinner above is vegan (#3) and made with all whole foods (#15). See how easy it is? What are you waiting for?!?!
Do you notice the “asparagus smell” in your pee after eating asparagus? Nerdy science fact of the day: When your body metabolizes asparagus, methanethiol is produced, and the ability to smell methanethiol in your pee is genetic. After learning that it smells like rotten cabbage, I am pretty happy that I don’t carry that gene. Not that it would stop me from eating it.