Wild Mushroom Pasta

I'm a big fan of Good Eats and Alton Brown. I've learned a lot from him. So when he suggested that dried exotic mushrooms were an umani flavor bomb I took to amazon to procure some. 

When you only cook with and eat plants, sources of deep and real flavor are important. 

His advice was spot on. I got a dried exotic mushroom mix and used it in my pressure cooker to create a sauce/broth for pasta and even though I forgot to add olive oil, it still had tons of flavor. 
After the pressure cook was finished I added the oil I forgot and cooked it off for a  few minutes. I then stirred it into my precooked pasta. Let it rest 5 minutes to tighten up. It was a perfect sauce to enrobe my pasta. . 

Dried exotic mushrooms are not cheap. But if you don't eat/cook with animal products, they feel like a bargain. There's so much flavor to be had. It's worth it and then some. 

1/2 box pasta, cooked to al dente

2 ounces dried fancy mushroom mix, big pieces broken or diced
1 pint …


An interesting thing happened to me after a while of not eating meat. Other foods began to taste incredible. So much better than they ever had before. Potatoes, peanut butter, cheese, salad dressing. You name it. Everything I put in my mouth began to taste like heaven.

In some ways this can be bad. I mean, it's hard to eat regularly when your mouth is having multiple orgasms.

I don't know if anyone else has ever had a similar experience. Would be interested to find out. It's probably just because there are too many chemicals in meat, more than meat itself is bad.

Or maybe eating lots of vegetables has some strange effect on the brain. Who knows. Not I.

Does anyone do studies regarding this? The pleasure principles of food for veggies vs. omnivores. Sound like something that ought to be explored.

Food is a curious thing to begin with. There's the one aspect, where we have to eat to live. But how many of us actually do that. Potato chips, french fries and cheeseburgers aren't exactly essential to marinating life. If we only ate to live we'd probably mostly consume barley, carrots and flounder. Or some other tasteless, low calorie regimen.

But food is about so much more than simple survival. Who exactly is interested in just surviving anyway. We all want much more than that.

Good food is not dissimilar to orgasm. Pleasure centers in the brain are triggered. We are contented

From an evolutionary standpoint it's true that people are supposed to eat meat. We have the fangs to prove it. But the meat we're eating isn't exactly the stuff evolution had in mind. It's pretty cruel to the animals and equally as cruel to our bodies.

I can't decide whether to be grateful or annoyed by how good food now tastes to me. And no one believes me when I try to explain how utterly delicious one of my vegetarian sandwiches can be. But it's true. I've had countless turkey subs and cheese steaks and hamburgers. And I have quite enjoyed them. But honest to goodness I love the beans, cheese, hummus and onion ones way more.