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. 

Ingredients
1/2 box pasta, cooked to al dente

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

Pleasure Principle

Do you eat more in the cold weather? I seem to and can't really help myself. Do you consume more snacks and junk food when the winter is in its thick? That certainly seems to be the case for me. All summer long I dined on salads and small slices of bread thinly lacquered with peanut butter. I shunned cookies and chocolate of virtually every sort. It wasn't much of a struggle at all. Warm weather and sunshine seem to suppress my appetite. This must be a scientifically measurable phenomenon.

I was going strong until the sun started to set way too early and the temperature began to drop. Suddenly I was overcome by cravings I found myself unable to resist.

Is this something that has been studied? Because it feels like it ought to be. The relationship to mood and weather is already accepted. So the relationship between eating habits and weather seems a logical subdivision.

Perhaps some survival mechanism in the brain still subtly convinces us to gorge for fear that we'll freeze or starve. There is still evolution present in our behavior. Otherwise we'd never have sex.

Food is a very baseline, most primal need. That's why it trips us up so much. We have to eat. We can't quit. Every cell in our bodies craves nourishment. Our brain chemistry is such that we are rewarded with pleasure sensation for a meal.

Most people derive pleasure from so many other sources that the food ones aren't that relevant. An endorphin here. Some dopamine there. Who's counting anyway?

But some of us lack the ability to fully process or produce all the pleasurable hormones our brains are designed to produce. For some of us food pleasure is extremely addictive. like cocaine. only more fattening.