Overnight freezing rain changed to light snow which gave way to sunshine but persistent cold temperatures. What is it about a cold wintry day that entices one to indulge one’s appetite?
Of course, we were comfortable and warm by the wood fire in our humble abode.
Faye mentioned that she was getting hungry, so I asked if she preferred something that would be good for us or something that would taste good. Of course we both know it’s not that difficult to do both, but she knew what I meant. She requested something that tastes good, and I knew what she meant.
I set about making a mushroom sandwich with jalapeño cheese sauce. I assured Faye that spinach would be added to help us feel better about it.
Thickly sliced mushrooms went into a dry skillet to sauté without oil until they no longer exuded moisture.
I then added oil, onion, garlic, jalapeño and red bell pepper.
For deeper flavor I added mushroom powder and Kikkoman Soy Sauce Powder.
I removed the skillet from the heat, forgetting all about the spinach. Back on the burner it went with the promised spinach added in.
For the cheese sauce I sautéed chopped onion and jalapeño with added jalapeño powder and a pinch of cumin for more flavor.
I then mixed in a little all purpose flour, stirring until well heated.
Next I mixed in homemade buttermilk and shredded Mexican melting cheese. I either added too much buttermilk or not enough flour and compensated by mixing in powdered xanthan gum to help thicken.
I spooned the mushroom mixture into the hollowed out loaf and heated it in a hot oven until the bread was toasted. The breadcrumbs went outside onto the snow to feed the birds.
All that was left was to add the jalapeño cheese sauce, put the lid on and enjoy.
For some reason my portion is served on a paper plate. Maybe that’s because I will be the one doing the dishes.