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Random MoFo Stuff and Pitiful Dinner

Posted by trktos on 3-October-2009


A few thoughts, semi-food related and dinner.

Finally picked up a library copy of Stamet’s Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms today. Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve had a thing for mushrooms. Our recent camping trip, seeing all the wild mushrooms was really neat. And now, we’re thinking about trying to grow some. Oysters seem the easiest (too bad I don’t particularly like the way they taste). We were especially happy to see okara listed as a fruiting substrate – could it be, finally, something to do with okara?! One can, or should, only eat so many okara brownies. We successfully made a sporeprint from a young button mushroom and oysters are easily available, so we could try to grow from storebought oysters. We have a pressure cooker for sterilizing stuff. If we get around to making soymilk, tofu and yogurt on a more-regular basis, we’ll have plenty of okara. Anyway, something to think about.

Speaking of making soymilk, the plan was to make soymilk and yogurt today. I opened the refrigerator this morning to a small pyrex, nearly bursting its lid off – Evin had tried to soak 3 ‘milk batches’ worth of beans in a container with less than 1/2″ space at the top. Needless to say, the beans didn’t all soak well – some of them didn’t even get wet, I don’t think – so soymilk and yogurt is on the menu for tomorrow.

Which left me wondering what, exactly, to make for dinner. I considered this vegan quiche but didn’t have enough spinach, nor enough time, after a bit of mushroom reading.

So, I decided on spinach hummus and pasta instead. We may be a little strange, but we like hummus and pasta although I don’t typically see people talking about this combination. But, really, pasta’s a carb, just like bread, so it’s not that strange.

Anyway, nothing terribly special. Just a typical hummus recipe with some spinach thrown in.

Typical hummus + spinach:

  • 2 cans garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 4 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 4 tbsp oil (in a futile attempt to achieve smoothness from my crappy FP)
  • pinch cumin
  • salt to taste
  • about 2-3 cups fresh spinach, wilted

Anyway, fairly quick and nice when a spread can serve as protein and vegetable!


We had this with orzo, onions, sun-dried tomatoes and asparagus.


And now our cupboard is almost bare. Must go get groceries. Soon.  Oh, and on a happy note – my left thumb is starting to regenerate! No more bandaids. Evin suggests I shop for a thimble.

Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms

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White Bean Hummus

Posted by trktos on 22-August-2008


  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 14-15 ounce can Great Northern Beans, drained


  • Mix all ingredients together in a food processor until smooth.


  • This is also good with spinach – wilt a cup or two of fresh spinach leaves in the microwave and puree with the other ingredients.

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