Quick Pickled Shimeji Mushrooms

Shimeji Mushrooms are those lovely tiny caps on a long skinny stalk that grow together on a base and are typically Japanese (although they also grow elsewhere). Sometimes they are just labelled as exotic mushrooms, but don’t let your green grocer get away with that. Enquire as to the exact type, you have a right to know.

The other day we made a dish of udon noodles and shimeji with a miso mushroom broth. The remaining mushrooms are made into this lovely quick pickle which will last a week in the fridge. Eat it as a pickle accompaniment to meals, as part of a mezze plate, in salads or piled on top of hot soups. I hope you love these little mushies* as much as I do.

*mushies is Australian slang for Mushrooms

Similar recipes include Carrot and Kombu Quick Pickle, Celery Quick Pickle with Chilli, and Cucumber and Radish Quick Pickle.

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Easy Cumquat Marmalade

Beautiful cumquats make beautiful jam, and so it is to the stove top that we turn this morning. Some cherry tomatoes are drying in the oven, taking the chill off of the kitchen, and we chop, soak and simmer cumquats before turning them into the most delicious marmalade. Breakfasts are going to be amazing this month!

This jam is also an exceptional accompaniment to hot Indian curries. The sweetness tempers the heat of the dish, and the cumquat tartness is beautiful with the spices.

Similar recipes include Cumquats in Gin, Cumquats Pickle, Cumquat Olive Oil, and Cumquat Vanilla Marmalade.

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Leeks with Quinces | Praso Lathro me Kydonia

I always associated Quinces with English food, for some reason, but in my quest for Quince recipes (thanks to buckets of them from a friend), I find the best ones in Middle Eastern and Greek cuisines.

This one is a Greek recipe, from Macedonia and Thrace. It simmers leeks with tomatoes and quinces for an excellent wintery side dish. It can be cooked in the oven too, should you wish to warm the kitchen as the dish bakes. It is a variation on another local dish which cooks leeks with prunes and tomatoes.

Similar recipes include Quince and Split Pea Stew, Spiced Quinces, and Quince Pickle.

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Moroccan Chilli Orange Olive Salad

Surprisingly, oranges and olives go really well together. This Moroccan salad brings them together with some typically Moroccan spices. A simple salad but one with punch. It is a great salad for Winter when the oranges are at their best – ripe and juicy. It IS spicy so add the chilli gradually until you find your taste preferences.

Are you looking for similar recipes? Try Orange and Olive Salad with Mint and Basil, Beetroot, Orange and Black Olive Salad, and Orange and Walnut Salad.

Other Moroccan dishes include Moroccan Carrot Salad, and Baked Eggplant and Zucchini with Chickpeas and Harissa Sauce.

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Fennel and Potato with White Beans and Garlic

A whole-heartedly winter dish, this bake combines aniseed-flavoured fennel with the soft beauty of potatoes and white beans.. And, if you go for the alternative noted below the recipe, Jerusalem artichokes can feature too. You probably know that we adore dishes that go into the oven on cold winter days – they warm us, and both scent and warm the kitchen and living areas. It draws the family together, addicted as we are to warmth and flavours, and by the time the meal is served everyone is laughing and the wine is already poured.

Similar dishes include Pasta, Cabbage and Cheese Bake, Eggplant and Zucchini Bake, and Potatoes Baked with Tomatoes and Cumin.

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Italian Flat Beans with Blue Cheese and Walnut Crumbs

Flat beans don’t feature often at our place, but this recipe is worth including them in the weekly shopping. Quick cooked beans are tossed with toasted walnuts and tangy blue cheese. A great Winter salad.

A crumb is made with the walnuts and fresh breadcrumbs, and it complements the beans so very well. The blue cheese adds such a nice tang.

Similar recipes include Five Bean Salad, and Green Beans with Lentil Crumble.

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Fennel with Almonds and Raisins

Fennel is one of our favourite winter vegetables, and we use it raw in salads, and also cooked. In this recipe the fennel is braised with garlic but remains crisp. It is then mixed with almonds and raisins, and its dressing is orange-based. Orange and fennel is a classic pairing.

This recipe was given to me by a friend some years ago. I didn’t record which friend! 😦 If it was you, let me know.

Similar recipes include Fennel and Potato with White Beans and Garlic,Β  Slow Baked Fennel with Chilli, Garlic and Lemon, Grilled Fennel with Fresh Mozzarella, and Fennel a la Grecque.

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Sweet Quince Mustard | Mostarda Dolce | Quince Relish

Oh the Greeks! How wonderful is their food. This recipe is a mustardy Quince relish where the Quinces are cooked in port or Marsala. It is divine, and we use it when we are making large plates of mezze style food – spreads and dips, pickles, olives, crusty bread, fruits, dried fruits, nuts, charred vegetables, and so forth. Recently we have been using our wonderful Cumquat chutney as part of this plate – a new batch was made late one night after a gift of these small tart globular citrus.

For this year, we had half a quince left after braising some Quince and Leeks yesterday (also very delicious served with our Cumquat Chutney). This is the very last of this year’s buckets of quinces from our good friend. Sadly, the house no longer is permeated with the glorious scent of quince, but our cupboards are full of pickles, chutneys, quince paste, quince leather, quince jam, quince vinegar and quince molasses. Glorious.

So, back to this half quince. It was cooked in Marsala, but sweet port can be used, or a sweet wine like Madrodaphne if you have access to Greek wines. The roots of this type of dish is probably English, but it is now common in parts of Greece. Dried fruits can be used in stead of Quince,or added with the quince.

It is glorious with cheese. Try some of this relish and some Quince Paste, with your favourite cheeses.

Are you after similar recipes? Try Leeks with Quinces, Onion Jam, Caponata, and Red Pepper and Apple Relish.

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Rice, Millet, Lentil and Burghul Congee with Roasted Cauliflower

The great thing about congee is that, once you have perfected the cooking method, it can be made with a wide range of lentils, beans, grains and rice. Rice congee is the most well-known, but congees can be made from rice mixed with other grains, beans and lentils, or made without rice at all.

Today we made a clean-out-the-pantry congee, and it is delicious. It was made with lentils, burghul, millet and rice. In the photo it is topped with roasted cauliflower, green herby sauce, herbs, roasted cauliflower leaves, sesame oil and pickles. But you can top your congee with whatever your heart desires. That is the beauty of congee.

Remember to cook congee on the lowest possible heat, so it is barely simmering. Use a heat diffuser, especially for the second half of cooking, otherwise it may stick to the bottom of the pot and burn. I prefer to cook it in a Chinese clay pot – I believe the flavour is superior, and I keep my pot for congee only.

Similar dishes include Congee, Red Rice and Adzuki Congee, and Quinoa Porridge.

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Greek White Bean Soup | Fassoulatha Se Tessereis Ekdoseis

Bean Soup is a national dish of Greece, and is also popular through nearby countries such as Turkey, Kurdistan and Armenia. Simple and honest, it is still offered to guests along with accompaniments such as crusty bread, cucumbers, olives, sliced celery, and sliced radishes. Beans are so popular in Greece that road side stalls and even petrol stations sell them during harvest time.

There are many variations to this soup as you can imagine. Each household will have its favourite way of making it, and that will vary with the seasons and the available ingredients. Ingredients that are swapped in and out include mint, parsley, celery, hot pepper flakes, red capsicums and cracked wheat (burghul) or roasted non-sweet corn kernels which are often added with the beans to make a creamy soup.

Similar soups include Fava Bean Soup, White Bean Soup, and Italian Barley and Vegetable Soup.

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