Anne Hunter @ 2019-09-12 03:10:22
What do you like for lasagna filling? My usual recipe has red sauce with zucchini, yellow squash, button mushrooms, carrots, onion, and bell pepper, with a mix of ricotta, romano, and parmesan cheeses.
Bryan Mullins @ 2019-09-12 13:13:08
This sounds amazing even though it’s 98F / 37C here. Mushrooms have been creeping up the list of some of my favorite things to roast with the other veggies when we batch them for dinner.
Anne Hunter @ 2019-09-12 17:33:50
@Bryan - It'll be October at least before it cools down enough to make a lasagna here, but a girl can dream! I was recently reading a book about mushrooms, and learned that their cell walls are thick enough that humans can't digest them unless they're well-cooked. Immediately after that, I started noticing that most restaurants (except for pizzarias) don't cook their mushrooms enough.
Mamading Ceesay @ 2019-09-12 21:11:57
@Anne, seems to me that eating undercooked mushrooms of unusual origin could have ...consequences. Suddenly feel the need for a table of Mushroom Mishaps and Mutations!
Roger Giner-Sorolla @ 2019-09-12 22:57:54
Just the standard ricotta/mozzarella with parsley and a dash of nutmeg. Though more savory cheeses would not be unwelcome.
Alistair Langsford @ 2019-09-13 00:04:01
@mamading: there has to be room for a M&Ms table (or even game). @Anne. What do you have in your version of a red sauce (I’ve just seen a few different definitions of red sauce and green sauce, is all)? Just curious. Aside from the mushrooms this sounds a pretty good recipe. Very decadent. I’d probably use only a few mushrooms (a few mushrooms go a long way with me).
Anne Hunter @ 2019-09-13 03:46:01
@Mamading - that sounds like a fun table! there's just something about mushrooms in RPGs isn't there? I forgot to mention, the book is "Chantarelle Dreams and Amanita Nightmares" by Greg Marley, if you want to see it.
Anne Hunter @ 2019-09-13 03:51:33
@Roger - so yours is a cheese-and-noodle only lasagna? @Alistair - I just use storebought marinara sauce. I've made my own before, but I didn't think the quality justified all the extra work. (If anything, mine was worse.) It's very jam-packed! I literally can't put anything else in, or it wouldn't fit in my pan. I have to make sure I cook down the veggies and sauce too, because before they shrink from cooking, again, they'd overflow my pan. I use just half a packet of button mushrooms, which feels like a nice amount without being overwhelming. Since it's a vegetarian lasagna, they're the main source of protein. You could probably substitute in the meat of your choice.
Paolo Greco @ 2019-09-13 05:43:23
Meat sauce, bechamel, mozzarella, ham, and sometimes a layer or two of madness, like venison sausage or hard-boiled eggs or fried aubergine slices or whatever. If you want to make them white I suggest bechamel, meat sauce made with no tomato, a layer or two of turkey slices, thin sliced and baked butternut squash, and a bit of sausage meat.
Anne Hunter @ 2019-09-13 08:28:47
@Paolo, oh man, that sounds so rich and delicious. Now I'm thinking about what kind red wine I'd want to drink with that. Something a little sweet, a little acidic, maybe pomegranate.
Mamading Ceesay @ 2019-09-13 17:13:56
@Alastair given that the book that @Anne mentioned has stuff about mycophilic (mushroom-loving) and mycophobic (mushroom-fearing) cultures, there's definitely a whole game or two in this!
Roger Giner-Sorolla @ 2019-09-14 00:01:38
Sometimes spinach goes in mine.
Roger Giner-Sorolla @ 2019-09-14 00:02:28
oh jesus lasagne are megadungeons aren't they TURKEY LEVEL
Alistair Langsford @ 2019-09-14 13:29:58
@Mamading: I don’t mind the occasional mushroom as food: an over exposure to mushrooms in the past has left me with a mild aversion to them most of the time, except in small quantities. So the recipes presented look interesting if I can use with only a few of them, because they’re rather a good flavour if you get it right. I’d probably be mixing them into mince and bacon, so as to get a higher protein vs carb ratio so as to look after my blood sugar levels. As an rpg scenario though, I just can’t understand this thing people have for mushrooms. I must be Myco-neutral.
Anne Hunter @ 2019-09-15 03:02:24
@Mamading - I'll probably never go mushroom hunting, but the book did make it sound tempting. My favorite chapter was on truffles, which apparently summarizes an entire books-worth of research on the topic. The really short version - "truffle" isn't a family, it's a lifestyle. Dozens of different mushrooms have adopted the truffle lifestyle over time. There are also dozens of species that are partway through the transition to truffleness.
Alistair Langsford @ 2019-09-15 06:02:38
@Anne. I must check this book out. My sister and her partner are very keen on mushrooms, and difficult to get presents for. They’re foodies who also seem keen on truffles - since there are a couple of big birthdays coming up this could solve a few problems.
Mamading Ceesay @ 2019-09-15 22:25:42
@Anne on the topic of mushroom hunting campaigns and things you might find in a fungal "forest": https://www.melsonia.com/fungi-of-the-far-realms-69-p.asp
Anne Hunter @ 2019-09-17 00:29:51
@Mamading - I actually backed that one! I just need to sort out my Melsonian account so I can get my KS copies of it and Troika.
Paolo Greco @ 2019-09-17 03:16:36
Speaking of lasagne: yesterday I had moussaka made by the almost-in-laws and it was amazing. Greece is a culinary tour de force.
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