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Parmesan and Miso Cabbage riceThis recipe was put together as a result of reading an article about a 5 ingredient miso, parmesan spaghetti recipe and the lemon, black pepper, pecorino and cabbage rice recipe by Sabrina Ghayour, a favourite cookbook chef of mine, from her vegetarian book Bazaar. I have used a white soya miso here, white barley miso or indeed any miso of choice would work well, you'll get the same flavour just a different coloured end result, but who cares about the colour when it tastes so good.Prawn and spinach risottoWe do love a risotto, it's pleasurably soothing and relaxing to make and the rich, creamy result is perfect comfort food, all that's required is some patience for stirring, a bowl and a spoon. There is no cheese in this recipe but feel free to indulge and don't be afraid to use extra virgin olive olive when frying the vegetable base, if Italians can use it for cooking them so can you.Miso pickled mushroomsThis recipe is adapted from a book called 'Ferment pickle dry', I have made these many times, the recipe is very flexible and adaptable and can be made to suit your taste palate. These are as the book states a crossover between Japanese miso-pickling and European vinegar-pickling. You can eat them as an accompaniment to a cocktail, as part of a Asian inspired feast, an addition to salads or whenever you simply want salty, spicy, sweet, acidic umami party in the mouth and don't waste the liquid, it's great to use as a dressing. Smoky dried mushroom chilli rubHome made spice blends and rubs are far superior than any shop bought because you can ensure they are fresh, to your liking and no unnecessary additions to the mix. This mix is made with dried shiitake which you can buy in most Asian supermarkets but also very easy to dry at home, you could use porcini if you wish to be extravagant but don't dry your standard button mushrooms as they lack umami when dried. There are endless uses for this rub, coat chicken wings before baking in the oven, add as a seasoning to slow cooked pulled pork, sprinkle on cheese on toast, I would even suggest sprinkling onto freshly cooked paste before further tossing in some cream.
Prep time here is dependant on whether you are drying out your own mushrooms and you will need a spice grinder or coffee grinder, a food processor just won't be suitable.Roast celeriac and king oyster mushroom salad with halloumi and walnut pestoSalads aren't just for lazy summer days, enjoy this hearty bold autumnal salad either as a small starter, side or indeed as a stunning vegetarian main. The idea for this ensemble is from dirt candy, a vegetarian cookbook from a vegetarian restaurant in New York. There are a number of elements to building this salad so preparation is key to pulling it all together at the end and you need to be very good at multi tasking so read the instructions first.Boozy luxurious mushrooms on toastEarthy thyme and oyster mushrooms, combined with sweet marsala and crème fraiche come together for an indulgent treat. I've also added dried morels here but you can easily exchange these for porcini or other dried wild mushrooms or leave them out completely and use all fresh mushrooms, the ingredients here are very flexible, choose your booze and choose your indulgence and away you go.Oyster mushroom pakorasPakora's are essentially fritters deep fried in oil, they can be made with one vegetable or a mixture so don't be afraid to experiment not only with the vegetable but the spices involved in the batter. This is a small batch of batter, perfect for a starter for two, it can easily be doubled, I've used large oyster mushrooms here but you could use any mushroom, sliced king oyster, portabella and even whole button mushrooms.Spicy hot and sour mushroom soupThere are as many version of hot and sour soup across Asia as there are nourishing chicken soup across Europe, once you master the base of this soup you can make it your own using whatever vegetables, meats or fish as you like, here I've used white and brown Shimeji mushrooms, also known as beech mushrooms but you can use any mushroom of your choice and make it as spicy or tame as you prefer.Turkish pepper, black-eyed bean and quails egg salad with za’atarSummer isn't over until the salad days end. This is a very simple salad to make no longer than the time it takes to boil and egg or two, a classic from Turkish Cuisine, can be a simple side salad or a main on it's own. I've used quails eggs here but you can use regular chicken eggs and if you can't get Turkish peppers, regular peppers are absolutely fine.