I’m sick. All the stress and travels were bound to catch up with me at some point. Not to mention all the weather and time zone changes. My body had enough already! I spent the weekend couch bound, chained to a box of kleenex. I did manage to make it to the grocery store, and was anxious to make something healthy, yet cold friendly, to counteract my illness, and all the sugary, fatty goodness I ate while in Birmingham.
Before I left for Birmingham, I had started my own shiitake mushroom garden, which I got as a kit for my birthday (I love kits) I left the neighbor instructions on watering it, but didn’t have much hope that anything would happen while I was gone. Lo and behold, I came home to this!
Totally awesome! I had bookmarked a beef stew recipe in the Clean Eating magazine I read on the airplane. It called for portobellos, but I figured shiitakes would be fine. I have never liked mushrooms, but have been making a conscious effort this year to start eating them more often. This kit gave me extra incentive, so for the first time in my life, I set out to make a recipe that contains mushrooms!
The recipe also called for celery root, another item I had never cooked with before. I went to the store to get some, and the root vegetables were not clearly labeled. As I racked my brain to think back to every episode of Chopped I had ever seen, I decided it was one of two things. I chose this one
Once I got home and googled it, I realized it was the other one. I still have no idea what this is. (should have googled from my phone at the store! rats!) Big props to anyone who can identify the root vegetable above. Anyway, I figured, whatever, root vegetables are all the same, so I peeled it, cut it up, and used it in the same way the recipe called for celery root. BIG MISTAKE. This tasted like shit raw, but I was hoping the ‘stewing’ process would change it. Well it didn’t. It was so bitter, I had to spit it out. Really, really gross.
Fortunately, it didn’t affect the taste of the stew too much, so we were able to eat around it. I will say that this was my first go around with Clean Eating magazine, and this recipe wasn’t so great, therefore, I will not post it in it’s entirety. I did bookmark a few other recipes, which I still plan to try. Hopefully, they’ll work out better and Clean Eating will redeem itself.
In more positive news, the mushrooms were great! I don’t think I’m ready for a portobello sandwich or anything, but I think I’m over my mushroom aversion. In closing, the moral of the story, and a classic quote from my Dad, “there’s always popcorn”. Try something new, you may not love it, but you can always make some popcorn if you’re still hungry.