March 25, 2009

Mushrooms with polenta for Lent - Ciuperci cu mamaliguta de post




I hope this is a good sign: me - blogging - twice - this week :))) and maybe i broke the spell of rare posting and laziness.
Because i have been talking about Lent before Christmas and now, before Easter, i thought it's time for some lent food. But first, i have to tell you something - i don't want anybody to think i am actually always able to fast, i am struggling and most of the time i a have a success rate of about 50%. And even when i don't cave in, there is nothing special about it, and it shouldn't be anyway, or it defeats the purpose. It's just me talking about our food throughout the year.
Mushrooms are one of our favorite foods (mine and Gabriel, for now), and although i tried many recipes until now, i think that simply roasted or seared mushrooms with some fresh herbs, garlic and wine are the best. I love them in soups, salads, roasted veggies, grilled, stewed, in raviolli and puff pastry, stuffed, and so on, and back in January i ate some very good shiitake mushrooms at a thai restaurant, which i will talk about another time. BTW, i think my "favorite foods" list is expanding outrageously, but since i love eating, cooking and talking about food so much, it seems only reasonable, doesn't it?
My mom makes these roasted mushrooms with baby leeks, and maybe sometimes sliced baby potatoes, too.
So, i made them times and again since then and i love them, even though i never added the potatoes yet, and replaced the leeks with scallions/green onion or simply onion when that's all i had.
This time i went to my asian market and they had all these amazing fresh mushrooms, so i had to get some of each, especially when you pay only about 7$ for more than 2 lbs. They were (from bottom to top of the basket): oyster, shiitake, brown (Buna-shimeji) and white (Bunapi-shimeji) beech mushrooms, and maitake (hen-of-the-wood) mushrooms.




This particular time i didn't have leeks or green onion, so i used white onion. And this is how i make them:

Clean and cut mushrooms (if they are too large).
Sprinkle them with salt, pepper, mix them with one finely diced onion (or 2 leeks or one bunch green onions chopped), drizzle with oil, then bake them in the oven at 375F -400 F about 30 minute, or until roasted.
After about 30 minute i take them out, i add some chopped fresh garlic (about 2-3 cloves) and drizzle some white dry wine over, then put them back in the oven for about another 5 minutes until the alcohol evaporates.
Take them out and mix in some fresh chopped herbs (i like parsley, dill and thyme, but you could use whatever you like) and they are ready to be served.
I like the mushrooms with polenta (and depending on the mood i make it softer or not, using 1 cup of cornmeal and 2.5 - 3 cups of water).
When it's not lent, i add some butter to the polenta, it comes out so much better, and shave some cheese on the mushrooms. If you'd like, you could add herbs and cheese to the polenta, and make it with broth or milk instead of water. And the mushrooms could be sauteed in a frying pan instead of roasted in the oven.

The wine adds a wonderful aroma and taste to the sauce, another layer that brings everything together better, in a sofisticated way, i think. And the combination of different types of mushroom is excellent, the texture and taste of each kind are so different, some meatier, others chewy, some really sweet, and some a little bitter, but in all such an "earthy" dish.

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Ciuperci cu mamaliguta

Sper ca asta e un semn bun: eu - postand - de doua ori- saptamana asta, si poate ca rup si prostul obicei ("blestem") al posturilor rare si a leneviei.
Pentru ca am tot vorbit de postul Craciunului si acum al Pastelui, m-am gandit ca ar fi frumos sa postez si ceva mancare de post. Dar mai intai, o necesara marturisire - nu vreau sa dau impresia ca reusesc sa tin tot postul, ma chinui mai mereu si reusesc numai jumatate din timp. Si chiar si atunci cand nu ma spurc, nu e nimic de lauda, sau de mandrit, si nici nu ar trebui sa fie, ca atunci numai post nu e. Asa ca vine vorba numai pentru ca postarile sunt despre toata mancarea noastra.

Ciupercile sunt una din mancarurile noastre favorite (ma refer la mine si Gabi, bineinteles), si desi le-am incercat in atatea feluri pana acum, cele mai bune mi se par facute simplu in cuptor sau prajite in tigaie, cu verdeturi, usturoi si putin vin. Imi plac si in supe, salate, cu alte legume coapte, la gratar, in tocanite, ciulama, raviolli, pateuri, si cate si mai cate feluri, iar in Ianuarie, am mancat niste Shiitake la un restaurant thailandez asa de bunee... , dar despre ele o sa vorbesc alta data. Si ca tot a venit vorba, lista mea de mancaruri favorite se extinde continuu, dar considerand obsesia mea cu mancatul, gatitul si vorbitul despre mancare, e normal, nu-i asa?
Mama mea face ciupercile la cuptor cu praz, si cateodata si cartofi noi.
Asa ca le-am facut si eu de atatea ori si intotdeauna mi-au placut, desi n-am adaugat cartofi niciodata, si uneori am inlocuit prazul cu ceapa verde sau orice fel de ceapa cand n-am avut altceva.
De data asta am fost la magazinul meu asiatic si am gasit tot felul de ciuperci, foarte proaspete, si "a trebuit" sa cumpar din fiecare, mai ales cand sunt atat de ieftine. Am gasit (incepand din partea de jos a cosului): ciuperci stridie (Pleurotus ostreatus - buretele vanat), shiitake (Lentinula edodes sau Agaricus Edodes, un fel de ruda a ciupercii albe, crem sau brune, dupa ce am citit
aici), ciuperci albe si brune (Hypsizygus marmoreus sau Hypsizigus tessellatus) si maitake (Grifola frondosa, numita si gaina padurii, creste la baza copacilor, mai ales stejarilor).

Si pentru ca nu am avut nici praz nici ceapa verde, am folosit niste ceapa alba. Si astia sunt pasii:

Se curata si se taie ciupercile (daca sunt prea mari).
Se condimenteaza cu sare si piper, se adauga ceapa tocata marunt (sau 2 fire de praz sau o legatura de ceapa verde), se stropesc cu ulei si se pun in tava la copt la 180-200 C timp de aproape 30 de minute, sau pana sunt coapte.
Dupa aproape 30 de minute, le scot din cuptor, le stropesc cu vin si adaug vreo 2-3 catei de usturoi tocati marunt, si le pun inapoi la cuptor inca vreo 5 minute, pana s-a evaporat alcoolul din vin.
Se scot din cuptor si se amesteca cu verdeturi tocate dupa gust (mie imi plac patrunjel, marar si cimbru proaspat) si sunt gata de servit.

Mie imi plac ciupercile cu mamaliguta (care uneori e mai moale, alteori mai vartoasa, facuta cu o cana de malai la 2.5-3 cani de apa).
Cand nu e post, pun unt la mamaliga, e mult mai gustoasa si rad niste branza peste ciuperci. Daca va place, adaugati verdeturi si branza la mamaliga, si o puteti face cu zeama de supa sau lapte in loc de apa. Iar ciupercile pot fi facute in tigaie, prajite, nu neaparat la cuptor.

Vinul da o aroma aparte si un gust minunat sosului, iar combinatia de mai multe soiuri de ciuperci e minunata, textura si gustul fiecarui fel e atat de deosebit.

6 comments:

Irina said...

O reteta simpla si foarte buna !

Lola said...

Foarte interesant, nu le-am facut niciodata la cuptor, o sa incerc. Eu le fac mereu sotate (cu praz e una din combinatiile preferate) la foc mare. Zilele trecute am facut ciulama (dar eu nu tin post).
Well, welcome back and keept it up :D

Cristina said...

Roxi ce dor mi-a fost de tine .. iti trimit un pupic
imi place mult mamaliguta cu ciuperci mi-ai dat o idee sa ma uit si eu dupa ele la magazin :-)

roxana said...

Ma bucur daca iti place, Irina. mai simpla nu se poate, iar de gustoasa...
Lola, daca ai stii ce pofta mi-ai facut cu ciulamaua ta, dupa Pasti o sa fac si eu una, daca nu uit :)
P.S. tocmai am luat cartea aseara si m-am apucat de citit, imi place tare mult, cred ca maine revin cu impresii...
Cristinel, si mie mi-era dor de tine. La cate idei mi-ai dat tu, macar una la semestru si de la mine hi-hi-hi. Stii la ce imi sa mintea de cateva zile (pe langa orezul tau aromat)? Batoanele tale, cu niste miere si mac pe deasupra, tot dupa post o sa le fac.... Pupici.

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Dana said...

Cat de bine arata!
Mi-ai facut pofta!
Imi place blogul tau, ai retete speciale........