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Saturday, October 9, 2010

LOBSTER MUSHROOM MADNESS, AND THANKSGIVING IDEAS

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Lobster mushrooms we picked on the way back from our morning walk a few days ago

This going to be a quick one because I had a busy week of writing (sent the manuscript off in the middle of the night, with trees cracking in the bush from the wind and fearing that the power would go again!) and now three of my beautiful granddaughters are here for the weekend. Monday is Canadian Thanksgiving and I have to play catch-up! I haven't had time to plan, or to write anything Thanksgiving-ish for the blog, but I'll post about it after the fact (and below I'll list some recipes on the blog that would be good for Thanksgiving festivities).

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I love these gorgeous orange fungi; DH does not, so more for me! They are easy to spot and you can't really confuse them with anything else. You can read about them here. They are best just sautéed, so that's what I did, in a little Earth Balance, after trimming (I had about a pound after trimming-- worth about $18 on the market!).



They were so tasty, with a little natural spiciness! But what to do with them? I ended up adding them to my spicy brown Basmati Thai Pineapple Fried Rice, which will be in the new book-- brilliant! I ate the leftovers for days (not much time to cook!) and enjoyed it every time!



Here are some ideas for the holiday weekend!

RECIPES LINKS FOR THE THANKSGIVING WEEKEND:

BREAKFAST AND SNACKS:





BREADS:






MAIN DISHES:







SIDE DISHES AND A SOUP:










12 comments:

Father Flatus said...

Lobster mushrooms were mentioned on a pack of dried mushrooms I'd had. No luck finding them otherwise; but nice to see you have. I believe they only grow wild. Did you have a recipe up once for Dulce de Leche? I looked hard and couldn't find. May be thinking of something else...too much BC bud as a kid... Thanks for being you B. Happy Daze!

Erin said...

Thanks, as always, for the Thanksgiving inspiration, Bryanna. Very, very jealous about the mushrooms. Also, I love the blog redesign - beautiful! Thank you for being so generous in sharing your recipes and (extensive) knowledge about excellent vegan food.

Bryanna Clark Grogan said...

Thanks to both of you, and thanks for your comment on the blog, Erin! In the middle of all the writing, editing, etc., I just couldn't stand how my blog looked anymore, so sneaked in a little time for a quick re-vamp.

Father F. contact me via this page:
http://www.bryannaclarkgrogan.com/page/page/2643700.htm

Anonymous said...

What will the new book be titled and when will it be available? I have the complete set of all your books and will of course want this one as well.

Jo

Bryanna Clark Grogan said...

I'm not sure of the title yet, but I'll announce it. It should be out in early 2011.

Søren said...

Very happy to hear that you have a new book coming out, Bryanna! Can't wait! Does this one has a special theme to it like your previous works? Wishing you all the best of success with it - you know I'm gonna be buying it!

Bryanna Clark Grogan said...

Thanks, Søren! It is international and fusion cooking.

Kris said...

Oh, you are ever so generous to share all these recipes with your readers! Thank you. Those lobster mushrooms look absolutely marvelous. You are blessed to have found them pretty much lying around. :)

I wish I would have caught these recipes in time for Thanksgiving, but... I could always feign Americanness and have them for American Thanksgiving, right?

All the best and keep rocking :)

Jamie & Shawn said...

hi bryanna,

i just went to a mushroom festival in bellingham yesterday and found out something fascinating about lobster mushrooms which you may or may not know...thought I'd share...the lobster mushroom is actually a "mongrel" mushroom, created when a parasitizing mushroom called hipomyces grows over (in our neck of the woods) a type of russula mushroom. by the time the parasitization (is that a word?) is complete, you have a lobster mushroom...but the lobster is technically a fusion fungus!! there are more amazing things under heaven and earth...

Jamie & Shawn said...

rats, i think my last post was erased! here goes again...i went to a mushroom festival hosted in bellingham by the northwest mushroomers...i learned something fascinating about lobster mushrooms...they are actually a fusion species of mushroom formed when a parasitizing mushroom called hipomyces grows over (in our neck of the woods) a type of russula mushroom...once the parasitization (word? sp?) is complete, you have the tasty lobster mushroom! I found that quite amazing and thought I'd share...seems it is another delightful case of there are more amazing things under heaven and earth...

cheers!!

Bryanna Clark Grogan said...

Yes, isn't it weird? But it becomes a delicious fungus, and perfectly safe, from all I have read and from my own experience.

Bryanna Clark Grogan said...

Jamie/Shawn-- the comments don't show up automatically-- I manually approve them. Unfortunately I have to do that now, as I have had some rude postings in the past.