As a normal child, I rejected vegetables with a passion.
Specifically anything that wasn’t broccoli. This did not deter my mother from
trying such terrible things as brussel sprouts or people from insisting supreme
pizza, which had mushrooms, was a great plan. I preferred plain, pretty simple
tastes over here. Eventually, like eons later, I tried mushrooms (I can tell
you exactly when it was, surprisingly it was at sport’s camp and it was lunch time
and I’m pretty sure I mistook a Portobello mushroom to be a hamburger. Happy
accidents.) and discovered perhaps they weren’t so terrible. They should still
not be mixed into such delicious things as pasta sauce and pizza though; those
things exist in perfection and need not be tainted by other things like chunky
Large quantity of cleaned and chopped mushrooms
Anyways, I found this recipe on Pinterest (what a shock!)
and it just so happened that the grocery store had a sale on mushrooms (BOGO
which for those of you who are like me and never understood that term, stands
for Buy One Get One…YOLO so BOGO!!). Typically I ignore the part where you’re
meant to wash produce. If it comes pre-packaged (strawberries, bananas,
blueberries etc.), then I assume it’s clean. However the recipe specifically
tells you how to wipe off the mushrooms (not that it’s hard to figure out) so I
assumed this might be an important step, mushrooms are a fungus after all. Oh
my am I glad I did: visible dirt coming off of those lovely ‘shrooms. You’d
think this would change my approach to washing things but no really, just
mushrooms. Once they were all nice and clean, I did that thing where I followed
the directions and had a moment of “well, it says ‘until they’re cooked’ but I
have no idea what that means…” but figured it out once they looked mushroom-y
enough. Fun fact: there are little herb boxes at the store for types of meat so
instead of having to buy three herb bunches separately that would have gone to
waste since I needed small amounts, I bought the one entitled “Poultry” which
contained most of what I needed. How important can parsley be anyways?
I also bought a bottle of balsamic vinegar only to realize
that it requires a teaspoon. If I had known that, I probably wouldn’t have
bought the bottle but I guess I can use it for other things like more mushrooms
and salad dressings and—Pinterest/Googling ‘balsamic recipes’.
Ready for the oven!
Fun fact: these mushrooms are delicious. And they’re even
more delicious if you put them in a grilled cheese sandwich. And then you dip
that sandwich into tomato soup on a cold fall day and it’s heaven. And then you
realize you have bread, cheese, tomato, and mushroom and it all surprisingly
tastes like pizza. But that does not mean putting mushrooms on pizza is okay.
There is no transitive property of mushrooms, it’s not the same!
And all done! Tenderly cooked and marinated. So delicious!