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 …

Thai Green Curry Vegan Recipe

I adore the flavors in Thai food. They're unique and addictive. They're also not that easy to reproduce when your local food stores don't sell lemongrass or kaffir lime or galangal. Lucky for me, there's a product called Thai green curry paste. It contains all the fundamental elements that make Thai green curry what it is. It's a little pricey, but it definitely delivers that authentic flavor.

I have used a few non-traditional elements, but the this dish is 100% spicy vegan Thai curry all the way.

I did my best to keep it simple and let the elements of the green curry paste shine. I only added fresh ingredients I felt would enhance the existing flavors of the green curry paste.

1 can black beans, plus liquid
1 can coconut milk
1/4 cup white wine
1 tbl olive oil
2 tbls Thai green curry paste
3 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
1/2 medium yellow onion, diced *
1 pint sliced white mushrooms
1 poblano, diced
1 jalapeno, diced
1 serrano, diced
1/2 bunch cilantro leaves
1/4 inch grated ginger
zest from one regular lime

Saute the onions, garlic, mushrooms, ginger, jalapeno and serrano in the olive oil until the onions are tender and translucent. Add wine and cook down until mushrooms are tender. Add black beans/liquid and coconut milk. Reduce by 1/3. Add Thai green curry paste, poblano and lime zest. Simmer for about 5 more minutes. Just to slightly soften the poblano. Stir in cilantro. Turn off heat. Let rest 5 minutes.

I didn't add any of my own salt to this because the bean liquid and curry paste already had plenty.

* If I had had shallots, I definitely would've used those instead of the yellow onion.