Porcini pancakes with filling and sauce

This year was a good year for mushrooms – or so I have been told, as I don’t go picking mushrooms myself.

But as I have a passionate mushroom hunter in the family, I was provided with lots and lots and lots of mushrooms, mostly porcini, frozen, dried and powdered.
As those take up a lot of room, I decided to make a very mushroomy meal today, and started with the vague idea of a pancake.

This was the outcome:

Ingredients:

pancakes:

  • 100g flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon porcini powder
  • 1 teaspoon potato starch (by accident – I wanted to use 2 teaspoons of corn starch and only found out, it was the wrong starch after mixing in the first teaspoon)
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 230ml soy milk
  • a pinch of salt
  • some oil for the pan

filling:

  • 40g dried porcini
  • 250ml hot water
  • 2 tablespoons porcini oil

sauce (optional):

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • the porcini soaking water
  • 100ml soy milk
  • salt
  • porcini powder

Preparations:

Put the dried porcini in hot water and let them soak.

Cooking:

Pancakes:

Mix flour, baking powder, porcini powder and starch thoroughly, then whisk in the soy milk.

Heat oil in a big pan, but don’t let it get too hot. Pour some batter in the pan and fry on both sides (batter should suffice for 4 big pancakes).

Porcini, a pancake and pancake batter.

Filling:

While frying the pancakes, remove the dried porcini from the hot water. They should be soft now. Squeeze them carefully to remove more water, then cut them to smaller pieces.

Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in another pan (I used selfmade porcini oil – dried porcini have been steeping in it for over 3 weeks). Put the porcini in the hot pan and roast for a couple of minutes.

Porcini oil

By now all of the pancake batter should have been turned into pancakes, so you can put them on a plate and fill them with the roasted porcini.

Actually you could stop here, the sauce is optional. But as I had dark, porcini-smelling soaking water left, I decided to additionally make a sauce to use it up.

So for the sauce, heat a tablespoon of oil in the small pan, then add two tablespoons of flour. Let the flour get some colour, then stir in the soaking water. Add 100ml of soy milk and let boil for a few minutes. Add salt and porcini powder, then pour the sauce over the pancakes.

Quite some work, but it will definitely get you praise.

Veggie Couscous Pan

Today was another day of using up leftovers.

There were still some slices of pattypan squash left, which spent the night in a spicy bath of marinade. Today I threw them in a pan with some tofu, veggies and couscous.

The only complaint I heard was “Isn’t there more of it?”.

Ingredients:

  • thin slices of pattypan squash
  • 100g veggies (I had deep frozen carots, peas and corn)
  • 40g smoked tofu

marinade:

  • soy sauce
  • 1/2 soup cube
  • grated or crushed garlic
  • pepper, curry

couscous:

  • 60g couscous
  • 160ml water
  • 1/2 soup cube

Preparations:

  • mix marinade ingredients
  • put pattypan squash slices and marinade in a container, marinade should suffice to coverĀ  slices
  • close container and keep in the fridge for a couple of hours or over night
  • if you use deep frozen veggies, defrost them
  • cut tofu to small cubes

Cooking:

couscous:

  • boil water, add soup cube
  • remove pot from hot plate, stir in couscous
  • let couscous soak for a couple of minutes

pattypan squash slices:

  • put slices with marinade in a big pan and let boil for a couple of minutes
  • add tofu and veggies, stir
  • add couscous, stir
  • let simmer for a few minutes

Unfortunately the batteries of my camera were empty and the mobile phone camera didn’t quite catch the colours and yummyness – I swear it looked really nice and tasted even better.