Springtime Shiitake Mushroom Recipe

The Beginning

Looks like another mushroom recipe. While listening to NPR they mentioned the shiitake mushrooms would be blooming this week after the rain. Last year I missed them. We have a one-year old log out in the yard with some holes drilled and spores planted. What do you know? There was exactly one very nice size shiitake just waiting for me. One or two days more and it would have been on the way out.

Now, I have not read this anywhere, but I took it inside, filled a bowl with water and let it sit in there to get all the gills cleaned out in case there were bugs or insects roaming around. I also wished to remove any soil or grime.

While I prepared all the other ingredients, I was amazed to see the mushroom soak up the water and plump up really to a very large size. I sliced it up and put it in a bowl with all the other ingredients, spices, and oil. After tossing everything together, the bowl went into the fridge until I was ready to saute the entire combination of fresh veggies.

Unfortunately, I did not take any photos ahead of time because I did not realize my decision to share the outcome of this wonderful recipe until I tasted it.

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Shiitake Mushroom Blooms in Spring After Rain
Shiitake Mushroom Blooms in Spring After Rain

The Instructions

Making this presentation took ten times longer than preparing the meal. I'm sure all you hubbers will appreciate the recipes you read on the social network the day you present one of these photo essay recipes. You will see a picture of each ingredient below. Basically, you clean, chop, grate or slice to your desired liking, toss everything together with the oil and wine to give some moisture, sprinkle with your favorite spices and saute in the pan. Very easy.

The Ingredients

  • One large shiitake mushroom
  • Baby Bokchoy washed and sliced or quartered
  • Onion, vadalia or any other variety broadly cut
  • Broccoli head cut into flowerettes
  • Two pieces artichokes quarter sliced
  • Baby tomatoes quartered, optional if you've got them
  • Black olives, toss them in to the mix
  • Prunes, 4-5 as much as you like
  • 1-2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white cooking wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • Grind in fresh peppercorns
  • Grind in spices from a mixed bottle
  • Curry 1/4 teaspoon
  • Nigella sativa, sprinkle in as you like

Basically, I opened the fridge and threw in whatever was there! Now that I wrote the recipe up, I didn't realize how many ingredients were in this stir-fry. Usually I count on the number three to make any dish. Maybe I went a little stir-crazy. Don't forget to use a couple of big spoons to fluff all the ingredients together with the oil, wine and spices. I'm not fussy about quantity, it's all done by a little of this and a little of that. The final photo does not do justice to the actual dish. I can tell you, it was very good!

The main ingredient actually was the shiitake mushroom, replacing a meat or chicken.

Baby Bok Choy adds crunch and light green color
Baby Bok Choy adds crunch and light green color
Dark green broccoli picks up the flavors and holds them in the flowerettes
Dark green broccoli picks up the flavors and holds them in the flowerettes
Jarred artichokes add a bit of tang and a softer texture
Jarred artichokes add a bit of tang and a softer texture
Grated ginger adds that favorite 'zing' to any dish
Grated ginger adds that favorite 'zing' to any dish
Strange but true, add sweetness without sugar or corn syrup with dried fruits
Strange but true, add sweetness without sugar or corn syrup with dried fruits
Black olives for color accent
Black olives for color accent
Two little red tomatoes and pink Himalayan salt
Two little red tomatoes and pink Himalayan salt
Sweet vadalia for onion lovers. The amount missing was the amount used in the dish.
Sweet vadalia for onion lovers. The amount missing was the amount used in the dish.
Turmeric for color and anti-cancer properties
Turmeric for color and anti-cancer properties
Spice any dish with fresh ground pepper
Spice any dish with fresh ground pepper
Use what is on hand, olive oil and or sesame oil
Use what is on hand, olive oil and or sesame oil
Saute everything in the pan a few minutes. I think the steam clouded up the camera lens!
Saute everything in the pan a few minutes. I think the steam clouded up the camera lens!

A High Nutrient Organic Plant Crop

Shiitake mushrooms, like many mushrooms, have anti-cancer properties. George Mateljan is a biologist, businessman and nutritionist who is most known for his best-selling book The World's Healthiest Foods says that shiitake mushrooms are high in protein, dietary fiber, and Vitamin C.

I am now growing two logs, by inserting the spores into holes drilled into the natural wood in a warm, moist, chemical-free environment. In Japan, where shiitake originated 6000 years ago, mushrooms were cultured on Japanese cedar and oak trees while those in other countries test their native trees as culture mediums.

The Finished Dish After Saute until mushrooms slightly browned
The Finished Dish After Saute until mushrooms slightly browned

Ingredients on Hand

Do you keep most of these ingredients in the cupboard or fridge? The mushroom would be seasonal.

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Nueva Vizcaya farmers can supply high-quality shiitake mushrooms

Story | Phillipine Island Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya — The Japanese Organization of Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement (OISCA) imports large quantities of shiitake mushrooms to farmers and tribe members who have found planting the highly prized shiitake quite profitable in upland areas helping to improve economic stability.

Day 22 of the 30-Day Challenge

As you can imagine, I've now been counting down instead of up. Looking forward to the release of self imposed pressure to publish every day for a month. Thinking about whether I will write just one article a week, or biweekly once this challenge ends.

I'm sure many of you have other things you'd like to accomplish. I shall be evaluating the benefits of this activity on the last day, but have already realized quite a few. As I was writing this, the Hubpages Weekly arrived which tells me how the hubs were rating. You can see both Hub and Profile views went up.

I bet all you on-lookers who did not take up the challenge are wondering if you could hang in there and write an interesting original piece each day? Possibly, finding out the answer to that question will be a reason to jump in on the next Hubpages challenge. Signing out for tonight. I still have not managed to do my writing in the morning. Perhaps I'm not meant to, because the ideas need to percolate during the day, so that I find out what I need to say.

Haiku

Springtime air and rain

sprout tender mushrooms and shoots

light evening saute

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juneaukid 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

This recipe sounds delightful--great tasting, healthful and colorful. Do you know that shitake, in Japanese, means that which grows under the bamboo tree.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Hi Richard ~ I just had the remaining amount for lunch! The shiitakes truly replace a 'meat' in a meal. I'm going to have to check outside on the logs again, since we have more rain today! Thanks for the tidbit about the meaning of the word. Fortunately, we don't have bamboo in my yard, because they grow like weeds and take over a garden. Have a super weekend, Debby


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thehemu 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

Thnaks debby fir sharing such easy to make recipe. and congrat for winning the constest twice.


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mdlawyer 5 years ago

Hi Debby, your recipe sounds mouth-watering. Great hub. Voted up and rated awesome. Hope you will visit my hubs.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Hi MDLawyer ~ I have to get out more! Shall take a swing over to your hubs after a nap. I've been having fun in the kitchen lately. Best, Debby


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Ashantina 5 years ago

Oooh Debby I'm salivating right now!!! I so love mushrooms - will definitely give this a try :)


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Hello Ashantina ~ Please let us know how it turns out. Also, be creative, you do not have to stick to this exactly. In fact, I have not provided any specific quantities. I cook freely!

Love, Debby


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dali48 5 years ago from Germany

Thank you for your great Hub D.B. - Shiitake mushrooms I know by my Japanese wife. Since childhood I'm used to collect mushrooms with my father - delicious chanterelles, porcini mushrooms, birch mushrooms, Red Cap, saffron milk caps, etc. Today, these mushrooms have become rare as butterflies etc... (d.48)


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Hello Dear Dali48. Do you have a new avatar photo? The shiitake can now be produced in your own backyard. We have logs with spores. It's just a matter of waiting for blooms. (HUGS) Debby


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dali48 5 years ago from Germany

Hello D.B. - Thank you for your Comment. My new avatar photo was shot last summer in Baden-Baden. As I can't produce shiitake at the moment I collect herbs like nettle, dandelion, comfrey, elder, etc. for my tea cure in springtime... (d.48)


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Hello D.48 That sounds like hoxey formula or something really healing for skin, rashes and allergies.


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dali48 5 years ago from Germany

Hello D.B. Fortunately I don't have skin problems - elder is good at colds, comfrey for outer and inner wounds (see e.g. hand injury by flying over my sister's bike), nettle and dandelion for stimulating the immune system... (d.48)


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

You know your herbs. Have you written a hub about this formula? I take dandelion for my liver.


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Fluffy77 5 years ago from Enterprise, OR

yummy thanks, I will have to try this one out. We us more of the morals around here though, they just grow more here. Much easier to get.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

WOW! You are very fortunate to have the morels in your area. Shiitake can be found on all the grocery shelves, so as not to have to hunt in the forest. However, growing your own can be quite a treat. Blessings, Debby


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dali48 5 years ago from Germany

Hello D.B. - Dandelion and Milk Thistle are both good for the liver etc... Not yet published - Herbs/Phytotherapy 39 By dali48 Herb Teas Phytotherapy Healing: For healing all kinds of diseases, I recommend herbs as effective, because for about 25 years, I have self-experience with about 1000s of herbs (see phytotherapy etc.) and 100s of alternative therapies (see homeopathy etc.) combined with a strong belief in nature and in my faith that saved my life during very serious diseases! It is also helpful to write a diary etc or to express your inner situation by painting, singing, making music etc. If it's possible it will be helpful to do sports like walking (through the forest, around a lake etc), cycling, swimming, sauna etc.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Very knowledgeable. When I get a chance shall go through more of your herbal hubs.


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg

I can never get enough Shitake mushroom recipes, your recipe looks yummy, will definitely give it a whirl. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and interesting!


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Hello Carcro - I had no internet for a week. Sorry for delay in response. Please let me know if you tested the recipe. Use variety with whatever you have around the kitchen! Debby

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