If you want things to change in your life, you then have to try new things. As a procrastinator this is not easy, but small things I can handle and is a beginning. Sometimes these small things can come on your path quite unexpectedly, as did last weekend.
I felt so lost when I stood last Saturday, in the vegetable section of my local Marocan supermarket. When working 5 days a week, you need to plan ahead, however I did not even know which direction I would go after I was done in the supermarket, let alone think about what I would eat this 5 days later.
So I ask the super friendly guy, “Excuse me sir, what do I have to buy? What am I gonna eat this week?”
This question was as difficult to answer for him as it had been for me, for all the minutes I had been standing there blankly staring at all the veggies lying around me. So he simply started suggesting every vegetable in sight. “We have cauliflower, kale, cabbage…”
Luckily 2 fellow-shoppers could help to bud in, and the second lady pointed out something I would have never thought of, because I simply don’t eat them.
“This is a Duinvoetje (King Oyster)” she said, “they are so easy to make and delicious you just fry them
some spring onions and a little butter. And like that, in not even 20 seconds, she had done what, my mother, father, the delicious restaurant I ate in at Christmas, and on that account every restaurant in I ate in for my whole life, failed to do; I voluntarily decided to eat a Mushroom.
I hear you, Mushroom! What an insignificant thing! But I had so, excluded these out of my life, that as a vegetarian I had set myself a real challenge when going for dinner, where for my feeling 75% of vegetarian dishes contain mushrooms, that I had to choose for my exceptional fish dish.
Ok so why I mentioned it’s name earlier in dutch? Duinvoetje, it was the reason I bought it. Duinvoetje literarily translated means “dunesfoot”, it has a sort of magical ring to it, doesn’t it? It so belongs to grow somewhere in Rivendell where the elves eat them too!
Finally the mushroom verdict; these are pretty tasty! They have a nice bite, go very well with all different kinds of veggies and are pretty easy to prepare. Since this incident I have eaten a few Duinvoetjes and this is recipe I loved the most.
- 150gr Fresh Pappardelle
- 1 King Oyster - sliced lengthways and in 3rds
- 200gr FreshSpinach
- Cooking Cream
- Pandano Cheese
- 1 Shallot
- 1 Garlic Clove
- Slowly fry the shallot in some oil, once they're soft and glassy add the finely chopped garlic.
- In the meantime boil the the Pappardelle in plenty of water, fresh pappardelle only needs to be boiled for about 4 minutes. Drain the pasta and set aside
- Add to the onions the King Oyster and fry for 1 minute on each side.
- Then add the Spinach one hand at a time.
- Once the Spinach has been reduced, add the Cooking Cream and let it all simmer for about 1 minute.
- Then add the Pappardelle and mix it all.
- Plate your dish and sprinkle with some pepper and loads of Pandano Cheese