mixed mushrooms on toast

August 9, 2010

vegan toasts, Ruth Richardson, vgourmet

I’ve often mentioned that I like to combine recipes. This is the perfect example. We were invited to dinner at Andrew’s clients’ house – Charles and Salome. Salome somehow pulled off an awesome dinner after work on a Wednesday. One of her appetizers was a bed of arugula with sautéed mushrooms, toasted pine nuts, and some grated parmesan. Really tasty. I think Andrew almost licked the plate when it was finally all gone. Tonight I was looking through 200 Veggie Feasts, mentioned in the Pea, Potato, and Arugula Soup entry, and they had this really yummy looking Mixed Mushrooms on Toast. Kind of like Salome’s salad but without the pine nuts and on toasted sourdough bread. I decided I wanted to make it tonight but with the sautéed mushroom recipe I love from Lucy Waverman. Voila – 3 sources of inspiration coming together in 1 helluvanelegant dish. Here it is.

Mushrooms:

1 pound mixed mushrooms

3 tbsps olive oil

1 tsp chopped garlic

2 tbsps balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup veggie stock

2 tbsps Port

2 tbsps chopped parsley

salt and pepper

Toasts:

Baguette

Arugula

Pine nuts, toasted

Olive oil

Balsamic vinegar

salt and pepper

Trim mushrooms, removing stalks if you are using shiitake, and chop. Heat oil in a skillet over high heat. Add garlic and mushroom and saute until beginning to lose their juices, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add balsamic, and stock and bring to boil. Reduce until liquid practically disappears and then add Port. Saute 1 minute longer, sprinkle with salt and pepper and parsley.

Meanwhile toast chunky slices of baguette, then arrange on serving plates. Drizzle the toast with olive oil. Top the toast with equal amounts of arugula leaves and mushrooms. Sprinkle with toasted pine nuts. Drizzle with a little more olive oil and balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

vegan pea soup, vgourmet, Ruth Richardson

Joshua, my very sweet and handsome now 17-year old gave me a small-sized format cookbook for Christmas called 200 Veggie Feasts. Despite the fact that he likes to accuse me of joining a cult, he’s nevertheless supporting my new health regime by giving me very well chosen cookbooks (he also gave me one called Salt that’s beautiful). I’ve tried a few recipes from 200 Veggie Feasts and they are really nice recipes! This one is no exception. Simple. Earthy.  Like a vichyssoise with the freshness of peas and the pepperiness of arugula. Full of flavour and summery goodness. We had it with the mushroom toasts for a light Sunday supper.

3 tbsps olive oil

1 onion, finally chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 tsps chopped thyme

8 oz potatoes, peeled and chopped

3 1/2 cups fresh peas

4 cups veggie stock

2 1/2 cups arugula leaves, roughly chopped

juice 1 lemon

salt and pepper

Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the onion, garlic, and thyme and cook over a low heat, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes until the onion is softened. Add the potatoes and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.

Stir in the peas, stock, and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer gently for 20 minutes.

Transfer the soup to a food processor or blender, add the arugula and lemon juice and process until smooth. Return to the pan, adjust the seasoning, and heat through. Serve immediately, drizzled with a little extra oil.