When I think of the magic of nature, my mind always goes to mushrooms and their incredible wisdom.
There is a living network of mushrooms, called mycelium, that is responsible for breaking down organic matter into nutrients that can be absorbed and used as nourishment. This network is connected to other plants and is responsible for transferring water, nitrogen, carbon and other minerals between living organisms, creating a perfect symbiosis.
There are thousands and thousands of mushrooms that exist on this planet and I think us humans are so lucky that so many a comestible and can be transformed into delectable dishes.
This recipe was created through a collaboration with the Creative by Nature magazine, where I wrote an article about the beauty of the cyclical rhythm of nature. And this recipe is an ode to the glorious vegetables our earth gifts us.
From the earthy, umami, rich and decadent flavors of Maitake mushrooms, to the rich, creaminess of mashed potatoes and the delightful bitterness of rapini, this dish is a true celebration and one that can be made when you want to celebrate yourself or a special someone.
When it comes to the ingredients used in this recipe, below are the ones I used. For any modifications, refer to the Swaps & Comments section.
Yukon Gold potatoes: They are my absolutely favorite potato variety for making mashed potatoes that are fluffy and smooth in texture.
Soy cream: This makes the mashed potatoes extra creamy and rich.
Nutritional yeast: It replaces the cheese that can sometimes be found in mashed potatoes, giving them a fully plant-based cheesy flavor.
Unsalted vegan butter: Added because I like my mashed potato extra rich, vegan butter adds a lovely layer of flavor and luxury.
Dark miso: It adds an umami and savory flavor profile to the mashed potatoes that complements delightfully well the earthy flavor of the Maitake.
Yellow onion: Boiled together with garlic, it infuses the rapini with a slightly sweet flavor, balancing out its bitterness.
Garlic cloves: Lightly spicy, they complement really well the flavor of the rapini.
Maitake mushrooms: Rich, woodsy in taste, and with a delightful texture, this mushroom variety lands itself perfectly for a meal celebrating the beauty of nature.
Maple syrup: It softens up a little the flavor of the Maitake, while adding a lovely sweetness to the entire meal.
Tamari: It seasons the Maitake, bringing forth saltiness and umami tones.
Creating more intentional recipes like this one, that celebrate nature and the amazing produce it gifts us really makes me incredibly happy.
It makes me realize the power that food has to communicate a message. It is a way we get to express ourselves, one ingredient at a time.
I hope that as you make this recipe, you too find a little reverence for the ingredients featured and for the entire cooking process.
If you try making this recipe, feel free to share about it on social media and tag me (@muriellebanackissa).
Happy cooking ✦
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