Udon with tofu, bok choy, tomato and more…

Udon with bok choy, tomato, tofu, etc.

It’s been a while — far too long, really! — since I put up something I’ve cooked, and tonight was time to rectify that. Having picked up my latest basket and seen some baby bok choy, I wanted to do something with that, and a scrounge online turned up this really fantastic recipe — seriously, check it all out, lots of photos, plenty of detail, the works.

My big change here was to use udon rather than the thick rice noodle indicated, in that no such noodle as described was available in my local Japanese market (I could have easily have missed it). Other than that I went at it, adjusting portion sizes down for a single-person dish. (I used some minced ginger I had to hand as well rather than julienning, FWIW.)

Quite delicious, very filling — give it a whirl!

Stir-fried pea pods and tofu

The recipe as provided (from ‘Syd’s Cookbook,’ so thanks Syd!) was actually based around celery but the batch I had looked a touch sickly, while I had some broiled tofu around. So a little less crunchy but no less delicious! The recipe as provided below:

2 tb Oil
Diced firm tofu
8 oz Sliced Fresh Mushrooms
8 oz Fresh Pea pods
3 Sliced Green Onions
1 tb Cornstarch
1/4 ts Ginger
1/4 c Corn Syrup
2 tb Soy Sauce
2 tb Orange Juice
1/4 c Slivered Almonds
1 ts Grated Orange Peel

In a wok or large skillet, heat oil; saute tofu in oil 3 minutes. Stir in mushrooms, pea pods and onions; saute‚ for 3 minutes. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch, ginger, corn syrup, soy sauce and orange juice; pour over vegetables. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Sprinkle with almonds and orange peel.

Mushroom chard lasagna plus a little salad…

…equals a very good dinner, I think! Found the recipe here but I didn’t cook it the same way — used less cheese and different kinds (mozzarella in between the layers, Parmesan on top). Pretty damn tasty in any event, so thanks to Melissa of the Bitchincamero blog for posting her take on it to share.

Quinoa chard pilaf

Pretty tasty, added a bit of sriracha and pepper for bite. Recipe via my CSA mailout:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups uncooked quinoa, rinsed
1 cup canned lentils, rinsed
8 ounces fresh mushrooms, chopped
1 quart vegetable broth
1 bunch Swiss chard, stems removed

1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic, and saute 5 minutes, until onion is tender. Mix in quinoa, lentils, and mushrooms. Pour in the broth. Cover, and cook 20 minutes.
2. Remove the pot from heat. Shred chard, and gently mix into the pot. Cover, and allow to sit 5 minutes, or until chard is wilted.

Mushroom stew

Though arguably it could just as easily be mushroom soup. Depends on the amount of the broth in the end!

Mushroom Stew Recipe

3 Tbsp olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound cremini mushrooms, cleaned and roughly chopped
1 pound shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, cleaned, and caps roughly chopped
1/2 pound red-skinned potatoes, such as Red Bliss or All Reds, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 pound yellow-fleshed potatoes, such as Austrian Crescent or Yukon Gold, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 Tbsp minced fresh rosemary
1 Tbsp minced fresh sage
1 Tbsp fresh thyme
2 cups mushroom or vegetable stock
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Swirl in the oil, then add the onions and cook until soft and fragrant, about 4 minutes, stirring often. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in the cremini and shiitake mushrooms; cook just until the mushrooms begin to give off their liquid, about 3 minutes, stirring frequently.

Stir in both kinds of potatoes with a wooden spoon, then add the rosemary, sage, and thyme. Cook just until aromatic, about 30 seconds. Stir in the stock, cover, and reduce the heat to low. Simmer until the potatoes are soft when pierced with a fork, about 12 minutes. Gently stir in the parsley, salt, and pepper and cook for another 2 minutes to bind the flavors. Serve immediately. The soup can be made in advance — store it covered in the refrigerator for up to three days, but thin it out with extra stock as you reheat it.

The stew can be varied with a seemingly limitless list of mushrooms. Substitute hedgehog, lobster, black trumpet, porcini, portobello, or hen of the woods, so long as you have a total of 2 pounds.

You can also finish the stew with one of several enhancers. Along with the parsley, stir in one of the following:

2 Tbsp dry vermouth
1-1/2 Tbsp sweet vermouth
1-1/2 Tbsp Chinese black vinegar
1 Tbsp basil oil
2 tsp sesame oil
4 dashes Tabasco sauce, or to taste

Yield: 6 servings