Japanese Shrooms and Buckwheat Noodles

It’s easy to think that effort went into making something as tasty and as aesthetic as this… truth be told, the effort input was minimal.  What was yet another random kitchen freestyle dinner turned out to be rather delicious. Earlier in the day I had visited the Farmers markets here in Germany. As it is fall now and the leaves are everywhere, the produce is abundant… saying goodbye to the sweetness of Summer and making way for squash, root veggies, brussel sprouts, broccoli, apples & pears etc. I scoop a bunch of goodies into my basket and also stopped by my weekly mushroom man, Shiitake, Chanterelles, Enoki, Oyster and Porcini all the varieties bringing them home, I was going to make risotto but opted for a soba noooooooodles as I also had stoped via the Asian market and got all my faves.  This dish requires very little input for very big output… Tasty, delicious, warming. It’s all in the shrooms!   What you need   - 1 tbsp sriracha  - 2 tbsp tamarind sauce (pure)  - 3 tbsp tahini (hulled)  - 2 tbsp coconut aminos  - 1/2 cup coconut milk  - 2 tbsp tamari  - 300g of Mushrooms ( I used Shiitake, Chanterelles, Enoki, Oyster and Porcini) washed and cut loosely  - 200g of Soba Buckwheat Noodles (Be sure to read the ingredients, I often find many are made from mostly wheat flour. Find 100% buckwheat noodles, in Asian super markets)  - 2 cloves of garlic minced  - 4 scallion stalks washed and diced  - 70g Kimchi  - Toasted sesame seeds     How you make it   1. In a bowl mix tahini, tamarind, tamari, sriracha and coconut aminos together with coconut milk until it is a smooth creamy consistency. Set aside.  2. Grab a pot and a fry pan. Fill your pot with salted water and bring to a boil, simultaneously bring your fry pan to medium heat.  2. Now your pot is boiling, add in your soba noodles. Breaking in two if they don’t all fit in. Bring down to medium heat  3. Add spring onions, garlic and shallots to your fry pan, once cooked down add in your mushrooms. (Be generous with your varieties, the more the merrier)  4. After 2/3 minutes drain the soba noodles and run a little water over them so they don’t conglomerate.  5. To the pan, add your tahini tamarind mixture and stir  6. Plate up by layering the soba noodles, mushrooms & sauce, toasted sesame seeds and fresh spring onions and kimchi for a nice kick to cut the creaminess!    DONE  6 minute meal  Delicious, enjoy!

It’s easy to think that effort went into making something as tasty and as aesthetic as this… truth be told, the effort input was minimal.

What was yet another random kitchen freestyle dinner turned out to be rather delicious. Earlier in the day I had visited the Farmers markets here in Germany. As it is fall now and the leaves are everywhere, the produce is abundant… saying goodbye to the sweetness of Summer and making way for squash, root veggies, brussel sprouts, broccoli, apples & pears etc. I scoop a bunch of goodies into my basket and also stopped by my weekly mushroom man, Shiitake, Chanterelles, Enoki, Oyster and Porcini all the varieties bringing them home, I was going to make risotto but opted for a soba noooooooodles as I also had stoped via the Asian market and got all my faves.

This dish requires very little input for very big output… Tasty, delicious, warming. It’s all in the shrooms!

What you need

- 1 tbsp sriracha

- 2 tbsp tamarind sauce (pure)

- 3 tbsp tahini (hulled)

- 2 tbsp coconut aminos

- 1/2 cup coconut milk

- 2 tbsp tamari

- 300g of Mushrooms ( I used Shiitake, Chanterelles, Enoki, Oyster and Porcini) washed and cut loosely

- 200g of Soba Buckwheat Noodles (Be sure to read the ingredients, I often find many are made from mostly wheat flour. Find 100% buckwheat noodles, in Asian super markets)

- 2 cloves of garlic minced

- 4 scallion stalks washed and diced

- 70g Kimchi

- Toasted sesame seeds

How you make it

1. In a bowl mix tahini, tamarind, tamari, sriracha and coconut aminos together with coconut milk until it is a smooth creamy consistency. Set aside.

2. Grab a pot and a fry pan. Fill your pot with salted water and bring to a boil, simultaneously bring your fry pan to medium heat.

2. Now your pot is boiling, add in your soba noodles. Breaking in two if they don’t all fit in. Bring down to medium heat

3. Add spring onions, garlic and shallots to your fry pan, once cooked down add in your mushrooms. (Be generous with your varieties, the more the merrier)

4. After 2/3 minutes drain the soba noodles and run a little water over them so they don’t conglomerate.

5. To the pan, add your tahini tamarind mixture and stir

6. Plate up by layering the soba noodles, mushrooms & sauce, toasted sesame seeds and fresh spring onions and kimchi for a nice kick to cut the creaminess!

DONE

6 minute meal

Delicious, enjoy!

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Science experiment looking desert

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The Gallery, filled with David Shrigley Sketches

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