Mushroom Mishaps & Other Mayhem
So here’s a question for you: Was my creating a “Dumpster Fire Level 6: Down in Flames” category a self-fulfilling prophesy? Or just an acknowledgment of the inevitable?
Well, either way, I finally have something to put in DFL-6.
I’m not entirely sure what exactly I was expecting when I selected Renaissance Faire Style Mushrooms as a menu item for my week. But considering that I actually worked a Renaissance Fair for a couple of summers way back in my days of youth and vigor, I was at least expecting it to be a hearty meal, even though it was a vegetarian dish.
The ingredients list was pretty straightforward: mushrooms, vegetable stock, soy sauce, onions, butter, garlic, salt, pepper, thyme and red wine.
Alas, no photos, because seriously — how could I have predicted messing up a recipe that was practically nothing but mushrooms and spices?
The recipe instructions are also pretty straightforward: turn some of the mushrooms into a paste, large-chunk the rest, saute the onions, add the mushroom paste, season it, add some garlic, deglaze with wine, season again, add the chunked mushrooms and vegetable stock, then cook for 1 hour and 50 minutes.
(I know, I too was skeptical about the 1:50 for practically nothing but mushrooms, but the reader comments supported it as successful.)
I followed the recipe exactly, other than the quantity of mushrooms — because the recipe calls for measuring them in quarts and pints, not in pounds and ounces, so that totally threw me off, along with the fact that the mushrooms available at the store that week were giant ones. But I love mushrooms, so I figured more couldn’t hurt. But other than that, I swear that I followed the recipe.
The only place that I can think of that I may have gone wrong was that I didn’t sniff-test the spice bottle of thyme to determine if that was a scent/flavor I actually wanted in my food.
I so diligently was trying to follow the recipe, that I just blindly put in the amount called for.
In any case, I ate some that night after making it, suffered through eating some for lunch the next day, and then ignored it in the fridge for two weeks. I finally threw it out tonight, to make room for new things.
So have any of you tried this particular recipe before? Or am I a trail-blazer here? I had high hopes for a yummy meatless meal. But those high hopes went…. Down in Flames.
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