Guest Post: Barley Salad with Buttery Mushrooms and Herbs

Hi everyone! My name is Renée Kohlman and Sweetsugarbean is my food blog that I’ve been writing for ten years. I live in beautiful Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where I happily whip up delicious creations in my little green kitchen. Being a chef as well as a food writer and recipe devhttp://www.sweetsugarbean.com/eloper, I’m lucky to have turned my passion for all things food into a career I love. My second cookbook, Vegetables: A Love Story, is currently at the printers and I so can’t wait to get my hands on the first copy! The publication date is set for October 5th, and I’ve started to count down the days! The last year and a half has been very busy, and I’m so proud of the work featured in my second book baby. In case you’re wondering, yes, there will be a chapter devoted to Mushrooms and I can’t wait for you to see those delicious recipes. Free time (remind me what that is again) includes Netflix, reading, and spending time with my guy Dixon and three cats.

 

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Mushroom Soup

Guest Post: Lemon & Mushroom Soup

We have a guest in the kitchen! We’re thrilled to have Charmian of The Messy Baker joining us again, sharing a positively delightful spring soup recipe!

I wanted a dish to usher in spring. Mushrooms, while always delicious, aren’t necessarily photogenic. To maintain this soup’s daffodil yellow colour while highlighting mushrooms, I employed a couple of culinary tricks.

First, I sweated the onions, carrots, and celery instead of caramelizing them. And as for the mushrooms? I cooked them separately from the base, adding them to the individual bowls at the very end. While this preserves the soup’s colour, it means you’ll have to employ the honour system to ensure equitable mushroom distribution.

I know that we are all making the most of the pantry, so don’t feel locked into this recipe. You can improvise. I slurped this with bread, but if you prefer, add some cooked rice to each bowl for an alternative starch. If you’ve got leftover chicken in the refrigerator, shred it and toss it in along with the mushrooms to make a meal. No chèvre? Use feta or cream cheese, or cream. Just add the mushrooms at the end and you, like the soup, will be golden.

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Mushroom Pakoras with sauce

Guest Post: Mushroom Pakoras with Mint-Cilantro Dip

This recipe is a bit of a globe trotter. The chickpea batter is inspired by Indian pakoras, yet the mushroom pieces emerge from the oil lightly coated, like Japanese tempura. With its mix of mint, cilantro and lime, the sauce could be Mexican. The mushrooms? Grown right here in Canada. Given the diversity of flavours and ingredients, I’m tagging this an international dish.

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