Vegan Recipe: Wild Mushroom and Artichoke Risotto

Fancy dried mushrooms combine with baby bellas and marinated artichokes to produce an earthy and tangy risotto more than capable of standing up to any traditional version. 

1 pint baby bella mushrooms, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, minced
1/3 cup fancy dried mushrooms, diced (such as chanterelles and morels)
1 small jar marinated artichoke hearts
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup arborio rice
2 shallots, diced
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 1/2 tbls salt
2 tsps black pepper
2 tsps dry thymeI got a large bag of 'chef's blend' fancy dried mushrooms on amazon. It's great for adding umami depth to broths and sauces. 

A mushroom risotto is awesome with just humble mushrooms, but add some more exotic ones as well, and you've really got something. 

Normally I'll use tomato for acid in a risotto, but this time I went with artichokes. I love artichokes. They offer a unique flavor and texture that creates an entirely different risotto experience. I know there is a certa…

Vegan Pudding Attempt #1

I recently learned that Jell-O instant pudding mix is vegan. I believe most other brands are as well. Awesome! I like pudding. All I have to do is add a vegan milk product like almond or soy milk. Suweeet!

Unfortunately the websites that tout the vegan virtue of instant pudding mix fail to mention that instant pudding mix is designed to work with the specific composition of cow's milk.

I followed the package directions: 2 cups almond milk, 1 package instant pudding. Whisk. Chill. I got sort of a pudding soup. It tasted really good. Sweet and creamy and chocolatey. But it was by no means pudding.

I've heard soy milk may yield better results. But there's is no clear consensus. Some people say only the cook top style will actually work. Other says just use less milk in the mix. I've not yet tested out these theories, but am sure one day I will and report my findings here.

Until then, know that it may not turn out in the firm texture of pudding, but instant pudding mix + almond milk still tastes really delicious.