Wednesday, November 23, 2011
I've got a cake cooling on the stove, and another cooking in the oven with some sweet tunes providing for a much-needed relaxing Wednesday night. Last night I had clean sheets and a vacuumed bedroom, Bon Iver playing and a hot phone date with one of my sprinkling of friends-who-I-miss-a-lot-especially-when-hungover-and-tired.
It was, and still is, a surprisingly happy state of affairs considering the weekend I've had. It's Wednesday and I was still sweating out weekend alcohol at the gym this evening, but more about that later.
I didn't do any cooking over the weekend, but last weekend I made myself an extremely tasty brunch for one. Less carbo-loaded than bagels and a welcome change from eggs, I indulged in creamy garlicky portobello mushrooms. I had some leftover goat's cheese which got a second round of loving too, as well as a garnish of borderline still-good parmesan.
Mushrooms for one
Finely chop a bit of fresh rosemary and a bit of thyme and a couple of garlic cloves (you could try peeling it like this!) Add to a frypan which is on medium heat, with a knob of butter and a little drizzle of olive oil.
Take some big, beefy portobello mushrooms and slice into fat slices. Add to your pan of herby buttery goodness and mix around a little until they're soft - I use either a wooden spoon or a trusty rubber spatula. Add a wee splash of cream, just to cover the base of the pan. Increase the heat and allow the sauce to reduce. Just before serving, once it's bubbling and thick, chuck in a handful of baby rocket (or normal rocket, or baby spinach, or normal spinach) and stir through.
Serve on some fresh and lightly toasted sourdough if you have some, or whatever takes your fancy. Mine were demolished in less than 5 minutes, and were swiftly followed by a punnet of raspberries, which like the bread were acquired from the market. Those poor babies didn't have time to be whipped into anything creative they were that good - so plump and fresh. Slightly indulgent and hugely satisfying - what more could you want from your Saturday?
Actually, don't get me started. Like I said, more on that later...