Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Wind in the Willows Lunch

It's a peasanty kind of meal, even if you're out of bread and Marie Antoinette orders you to eat brioche.
It was a simple matter of food on hand. What to do, how to eat?
Well, naturally you cut and sautee the mushrooms (crimini and trumpet). With a shallot, yas? Then you drizzle in some cream and stir lovingly, until you can no longer wait: you add a glug of rum (because there is no sherry in the house, and the rum works surprisingly well).
Just toast and mushrooms, really, but so damn fancy. The flavors, the rustic presentation, a collision of sensations.
I was going to say something about maybe winter's not so bad... But it's still fall.

15 comments:

cookiecrumb said...

VERY SPARE SHOPPING THIS YEAR

Zoomie said...

My mother loved this meal and made it for herself even when we were picky little kids and wouldn't eat it. I think it's the only use she had for sherry.

cookiecrumb said...

I have always loved mushrooms. My mom coulda fed me this without breaking a sweat. But she didn't.

namastenancy said...

I am sure that Mr. Toad would approve.

namastenancy said...

I am sure that Mr. Toad and Badger would approve.

Zoomie said...

She probably thought PB&J was what a little girl should have, no shrooms on toast with (gasp!) sherry or rum! (Faints away!). Little did she know she was raising a pig ear eater!

cookiecrumb said...

Nancy: Mr. Toad is ever so 1%, amiright? And Badger reminds me of a gnarly old union leader. Lunch for all!

Zoomie: She had strong ideas on the difference between kids and adults. Still does, even though this kid is in her 60s.

Little Pots & Pans Co. said...

Sauteed mushrooms is one of my go-to easy weeknight meals. I usually whip up some polenta (which merrily cooks away while you're getting the mushrooms prepped and sauteed). Put some polenta down on the plate, a scoop of mushrooms, then a little sprinkle of cheese (and black pepper) and a add poached egg on top. Comfort food at it's best.
Brioche, mmm... I'd be tempted to add more cheese and cream to go with that buttery goodness!

Shopping? who has time to shop? I feel like such a scrooge!

Ms Brown Mouse said...

O thank goodness, I thought for a moment you'd made a stew of Mr Mole!

Zoomie said...

Ms Mouse, youse funny!

cookiecrumb said...

Little Pots: Oh, that would be good with polenta. But, lemme tell you, the brioche was a treat ... And it needed to be used!

Mouse (and Zoomie): Onion sauce! Onion sauce!

Greg said...

The addition of cream sounds so decadent! Yum zone fo sure.

cookiecrumb said...

Greg: You should always keep a little bottle of cream in the fridge. One day, the time will come when you have to use it or it expires. It's almost free.

Ms Brown Mouse said...

I wish I know a little song about mushrooms.
I do know one about a lonely onion, in a petunia patch.

cookiecrumb said...

Mouse: Well, are you going to sing it? :)