I have maintained relative silence on here for a little while, mainly because I have been distracted by a new job and move to London. Having said that, my new job includes the added perk of access to a kitchen garden so I have been pilfering lots and cooking lovely things to be blogged about later. In recent weeks, the garden has exploded as everything comes into bloom. Most exciting for me was the flowering of all the different herbs that punctuate the garden. I had never tasted chive flowers before but the punch of onion in these tiny purple flowers really surprised me.
Another great thing about being back in London is the amazing green grocers that is within walking distance of my house. If you are anywhere near Newington Green and searching for a particular ingredient, head straight for the imaginatively named Newington Green Fruit and Vegetables, the range will astound you. I chose from their vast array of mushrooms, to go with my chives, but unfortunately had to steer clear of the girolles as a whole week’s salary spent on mushrooms seemed a bit of a waste. Those that I did get were delicious in any case, served simply on some crusty bread with ricotta, olive oil and the chive flowers.
Wild Mushroom Bruschetta (serves 1)
- Roughly 100g mushrooms- I had a mix of portobello, chestnut, oyster and giant oyster mushrooms.
- 1/2 a tub of ricotta.
- 2 chives with flower.
- 3 slices of crusty bread.
How to Make it….
- Toast the bread under the grill.
- Slice or tear the mushrooms and fry in butter starting with the meatiest variety (i.e. portobello) as they will take the longest. Oyster mushrooms and similar varieties only need 30 seconds at the end.
- Mix a little olive oil, salt pepper and the chopped chive stems with the ricotta and spread it on the bread. Top with the mushrooms and chive flowers.
Washing up Rating:**
I used- A knife, a chopping board, a pan, a wooden spoon, a bowl and a spoon.
Total cost: £3.20
(The total cost is based on the amount of each product used, buying all the ingredients new will cost £5)