Today I cooked (“TIC”) dinner. I am always looking for simple things I can do in 1-2 pans and 10-20 minutes with no left overs.
- Beech Mushrooms†
- Large saucepan
† I picked these up on the way home.
- Salted the water and started it boiling.
- (At this point I should have started peeling and chopping garlic but I was eating cheese.)
- Add pasta to boiling water. I used spaghetti so I snapped it in half before adding it to the water.
- Start warming skillet on low.
- Peel and mince garlic. Fairly chunky mince.
- Add butter to skillet and bring up heat to medium.
- Melt butter, brown garlic, add a little salt and thyme.
- Pull pasta off when al dente. (If I’d minced the garlic earlier the pasta would not have had to wait.)
- Quickly chop mushrooms (very slightly, I like the shape of beech mushrooms. I just took the very bottom globby bit off) and sauté for a minute or so.
- Add pasta to skillet and toss for a minute or so, taking it off the heat at some point in there.
- Put on plate.
- Tasted it, then added a dusting of pepper.
What I will change
- Mince the garlic while the water for the pasta is boiling. That was rookie, you hate to see it.
- Use olive oil (or real butter) instead of the olive oil fake butter spread I used for this.
- More butter (or oil) right off the bat. Needed to add more before adding the mushrooms, so it didn’t all brown together.
What I want to play with
- Change the mushrooms. I like beech but something with a different shape and texture—oyster or shiitake—might work better. At least brown beech for a little color.
- Try with shallot instead of garlic to let the mushrooms—especially something more delicate like oyster—come through more.
- Play with the herbs. Thyme is a good but tame choice.
- Mix with more things. Something to get some color in there, maybe wilted spinach.
What did I just read?
I’d like to be a better cook. I’m pretty confident in following a recipe, but I’m weak on simple/quick meals for just me, and I’m weak on improvising, using what I have—or that plus maybe one thing—and coming up with food. Project 365 encourages you to work on your photography by putting a constraint (you must post every day) and social pressure (others are doing it, too) I hope setting some goal for making meels and writing some of these down in public will encourage me.
And if it encourages me, maybe others! At the least I’ll have a bunch of recipes.
So this is a Today I Cooked post.
And #sttp? That was mart3ll‘s phrase: “Sauté This Then Pasta.”