Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Wild Mushrooms and Rhubarb

DH loves to wander the woods when the temps begin to raise and the days get a little steamy. He has his secret spots, but I cannot tell because mushroom hunters do not tell where their treasures are found. However, this mushroom hunter's wife will tell you what she did with the "loot". This picture is of a wonderful tasty and creamy wild mushroom barley risotto an idea I got from the Lorna Sass cookbook titled, "whole grains: everyday every way". I am saving my version of this recipe in my seasonal family favorite recipe folder.

VWAV: Isa also has a great recipe for Mushroom Gravy that I made, however it was the first time I ever used arrowroot powder and discovered it is not as stable as cornstarch. However the flavor and the meal I made with it, no disappointment here. This is a picture of a wild/brown rice combination topped with the mushroom gravy with a side of homegrown asparagus, and breaded mushroom. Bryanna Grogan has a wonderful seasoned breading mix in her Almost No Fat Cookbook.
As asparagus is beginning to come up in my garden, the pot stickers were the perfect recipe to use up the three stalks I harvested from my garden that day. I found a mushroom asparagus pot sticker recipe in a Light and Tasty Cooking magazine which allowed me to use up some the large mushroom harvest DH brought home the same day. Honestly, it was alot of work making the potstickers, but I made enough to freeze so I could have some on hand for a fast meal. It was worth the effort because I have discovered my family likes anything placed in a crispy little pocket that they can dip into a soy sauce type mixture. I love anything that the family will eat and allow me to use up the fresh produce that grows in our garden while it is still fresh. I froze the pot stickers uncooked on a sheet and them put them in a freezer bag ready to take out and bake at 425 F for 10 - 12 minutes.
To the right is a picture of our meal: broccoli mushroom stir fry, brown and wild rice mix, steamed green beans, and the pot stickers drizzled with a tasty sauce. The schezuan broccoli stir fry came from Bryanna Grogan's: 20 Minutes to Dinner Cook book. I subbed the soy strips called for in the original recipe for DH's fresh wild mushrooms ... the stir fry was much prettier than my meal plate shows so I'll put a close up of the stir fry to the left. It tasted wonderful; schezuan is my favorite!

To finish off the FRESH food meals I have been preparing I made muffins, another Bryanna recipe called
Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rhubarb Muffins
I make most everything with stevia, so I will give you my version of these muffins.

Wet Mix:
1/2 C smooth applesauce
1 1/2 C soymilk
3 Tbsp light tasting olive oil
1 T lemon juice
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp Ener-G egg replacer
1 1/2 tsp KAL brand stevia

Dry Mix:
2 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 cup diced rhubarb, can be frozen (mine wasn't)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare muffin cups by greasing or spraying with pan spray (I use special unbleached parchment papers because I like low fat baking and do not want the muffins to stick to the paper and rip apart). Combine the wet mix in the blender or food processor. In a medium bowl combine the dry mix. Add the wet to the dry and stir briefly just to mix. Spoon evenly into the prepared muffin cups. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes. C Cool the pans on racks for 5 minutes, then carefully loosen the muffins with a table knife and turn them on their sides to cool a bit more before serving. These vegan muffins are quite tender when they are very hot, but they firm up with cooling.

Bryanna makes 18 muffins with this recipe, I made 11. I made a decorated tiramisu type muffin using Dreena's agar frosting, fresh strawberries, and a heart shaped candy. They were a pretty presentation to the end of our meal and for breakfast the next morning.Satisfied? I think so.


Anonymous said...

yum! this looks good! thanks for the recipe.

Shananigans said...

Are those morels? Your husband hunts you up wild morels to cook with, you are some lucky lady! All the food looks delish.

I have yet to make baked goods with stevia that turn out quite right. I'll probably give those muffins a shot, there might be rhubarb at the market this weekend.

Veg-a-Nut said...

Thank you for the muffin recipe. Can't wait to try it. Yummy food!

Carrie™ said...

I'm so excited for local aspargus! Muffins look gorgeous!

laura jesser said...

Rhubarb is something I have only had once or twice... it would be fun to try again.

b36Kitchen said...

mushroom mania! i've never seen so many mushroom dishes at once. since mushrooms are coming back in vogue with my taste buds i'll have to give some of these a try..especially the potstickers..i too love anything placed in a crispy little pocket and dipped in soy sauce.


Melody Polakow said...

Oh wow! Those muffins look so good. I'm going to hunt down some rhubarb...

Urban Vegan said...

Wild mushrooms? How cool is that? I'm impressed with your DH's abilities.

And those muffins sound delicisious...I just love rhubarb in any recipe, any form (except raw!)

aTxVegn said...

Mushroom asparagus potstickers sounds like heaven! I've been afraid to attempt potstickers, but I sure do like eating them. The muffins look great - thanks for the recipe.

bazu said...

Oooooh, mushrooms. I've never been mushroom hunting, but I would love to try it some day. And your mushroom creations look perfect!

I'm drooling over those muffins- I have a real rhubarb craving. Yay for spring!

erica said...

Rhubarb muffins?!? I love you, Dori!

theONLYtania said...

Hey Dori! Haven't talked to you in a while, I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day. I think the potstickers are my favorite here.. very neat!

Those look like some nice muffins too, I've never used rhubarb! I like the action shot too, haha.

erica said...

Hi Dori -
I left this on my blog in response to your comment, thought you might find it of interest:

With food combining (oops, I think I wrote "Food combing" on blog blog. I don't comb my food :), part of it's indigestion, but also, toxins are created when you combine foods improperly that are detrimental to the body. i.e., Fruit after nuts causes the fruits to ferment in the gut - the fermentation produces toxins as a by-product of the yeast process. Yeast overgrowth in the stomach can produce leaky gut syndrome - which causes autoimmune disorders. It's interesting.

erica said...

Oh, that came out badly. I'm not talking about you, of course, just that Fibromyalgia is partly an autoimmune disorder, and I'm trying to get rid of the toxins in my system and not create new ones. Sorry! I write too quickly sometimes.

Jackie said...

I must really look out for rhubarb as I haven't had it in quite a while.

I just love mushrooms, wild or domestic. I could eat them three times a day if I could afford them :)

theONLYtania said...

Oh and also.. I just finished my SECOND year of college, and I have to say it was much better than the first.
How did Matthew do?

Vicki's Vegan Vice said...

Art loves mushroooms! Sadly, I don't. I've tried. Your muffins sound like dessert! :)