Amber Jelly Roll Mushroom Salad
Amber Jelly Roll or Exicida recisa can be found year-round on fallen branches from hardwood trees. This salad is inspired by a Chinese Wood Ear Salad.
2 handfuls of fresh Amber Jelly Roll cleaned
fresh spicy pepper like Pequin, Thai or whatever you have on hand, diced finely
1 teaspoon of grated Garlic
1 tablespoon of Soy Sauce or Tamari
1 teaspoon of Black Vinegar or Balsamic
1/2 teaspoon of Sugar
1/4 teaspoon of Szechuan Pepper Salt, or just salt
1 tablespoon of a tasty oil, I used Hempseed oil
some lettuce leaves, I used Boston Bibb
a few sprigs of Cilantro
Boil a cup of water, add the mushrooms and boil for 3 minutes (mushrooms should never be eaten raw – hard to digest otherwise) then strain
Put everything else but the cilantro and salad in a mortar to make the dressing. Muddle the ingredients until the flavors are brought together
Stir mushrooms into the dressing
Plate salad leaves top with dressed mushrooms and sprinkle with cilantro leaves
A salty-sour, lightly fermented drink, inspired by Russian Kvass. It takes at least three days to ferment, it is not alcoholic. It makes use of leftover pulp from a juicer, that would otherwise go in the compost. You also need a 1/4 cup of whey, which is used quite often in fermentation. It helps get the right bacteria a head start in the fermentation. You can make whey by straining a cup of plain yogurt through a cloth. The yogurt is like Greek yogurt after that and can still be used. The salt also suppresses unwanted mold or bacteria, so you should not use less.
1/2 gallon Glass Jar
a little less than 1/2 gallon Spring Water
Pulp from two bunches of organic celery
1/4 cup whey
1 tbsp sea salt or ancient sea salt
Stir all ingredients together in the glass jar, leaving some headspace. Close jar with lid and set the jar out of direct sunlight on your counter somewhere. Stir drink daily and start tasting it after the third day, if it taste kind of bland let it ferment for a day or two more. Strain the Kvass into another glass bottle or jar and refrigerate. It has a taste reminiscent of Martini.
Celery is a great source of antioxidants and the Kvass has many good probiotic bacteria. Since conventionally grown celery has one of the highest loads of pesticide residues, I strongly recommend organic celery. Use spring water or filtered water, not municipal tap water since it contains Chlorine, which inhibits fermentation.