Sunday, 18 October 2009

Floyd's Greek Mushrooms

My husband continues to upstage me on the frugality stakes, bearing bargains back to the house on an almost daily basis.This week's triumph was 750g of mushrooms, reduced to 79p in the Co-op. Needless to say it's yours truly who has to make good use of them and ensure they don't go to waste.

For those of you who can't envisage 750g of mushrooms, it's a lot. About 1 1/2 lbs and mushrooms are really light. Of course there are a number of things I could have done with them - mushroom soup, mushroom quiche, Mushroom duxelles (a thick, delicious paste of cooked down mushroom and onion) but flicking through a new reprint of Keith Floyd's first cookbook Floyd's Food I'd just been sent by my publisher Absolute Press I found a recipe for Greek Mushrooms - a Floydish spin on champignons à la grecque. And very good it was too. (My comments in italics)

Serves 4-6

1 lb (450g) small button mushrooms
4 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp sherry vinegar (not having sherry vinegar I used 1 tbsp cider vinegar and 1 tbsp amontillado sherry)
1 tbsp coriander seeds, coarsely crushed (don't use ground coriander)
1 bay leaf
1/2 lemon cut in very, very thin slices (sounds odd but delicious. Makes the recipe)
1 tbsp chopped parsley
1/2 tin of tomatoes and their juice (assumed that was half a 400g tin)
Salt and pepper

Wash and dry the mushrooms. Salt and pepper them. In a pan heat the olive oil and vinegar with the coriander seeds. When hot drop in everything else including the mushrooms and cook wildly (love this!) for 5 or 6 minutes. Lift out the mushrooms and allow the sauce to reduce by half (I didn't find I needed to do this - will depend on hte moisture content of your mushrooms). Pour back over the mushrooms. Chill for ages and eat them later (with some crusty bread and maybe another couple of mezze.)

And the rest of the mushrooms? I added them to the tail end of a coq au vin, adding a good Floyd-like slosh of extra red wine and served the resulting sauce with pappardelle (thick pasta ribbons). Which was also a success. Maybe I should let my husband do the shopping after all . . .

Were you - are you - an admirer of the late, lamented Keith Floyd? And have you ever tried one of his recipes?


Ann said...

Must try this recipe. I watched Floyd's early programmes, he was so entertaining! Never tried his recipes.

Bridget said...

I definitely am an admirer of him, he was an amazing man. His method of cooking will definitely live on with me, some wine in the pot and a glass for the chef too!

Anonymous said...

I have a couple of his books and have cooked a few from each. I loved his style of cooking - full of enthusiasm and fun.

Gerry said...

I really enjoyed Keith Floyd's tv programmes, and his books.
He was an outdoors version of the galloping Gourmet, does anyone remember him? Or am I showing my age!

I don't have any of his books on the boat but have a complete collection in an attic in the UK!

Fiona Beckett said...

I love the books too. Even though the recipes are sometimes rather wild and slapdash they're always based on a sound combination of ingredients. I also have Floyd on France which has some great-sounding recipes - along with some fairly nutty ones.

fran39 said...

Thanks for the recipe, Fiona - one for me to try as I love mushrooms. I remember first watching Floyd on tv and loving his style and bossing the camera around. Never bought any of his books though.

Anonymous said...

I have read a number of Floyd books and watched many of his programmes. The book which told me such a lot about the man was "Floyd in the Soup" a warts and all autobiographical book, small but gripping read

Greenlady said...

I used to love Floyd when he was first on TV, the anarchic style and the enthusiasm, but sadly over the years he just became a parody of himself, it was painful to watch. I have only ever owned Floyd on France and Floyd in the Soup and I can't say I've ever conciously followed one of his recipes, but I know that at some point I've cooked something based on something I've seen him do.

I must make mushrooms a la grecque again soon, they are very nice to have in the fridge to pick at. I can't remember where I originally got my inspiration for them from - possibly Elizabeth David ? but I do mine without the tomatoes and with white wine ( good for using up the odd half a glassful ) and coriander seeds and fresh coriander/parsley. Yum !

recipes2share said...

What a delicious bargin! Funny, I really enjoyed Keith Floyd and have several of his books, but i don't remember cooking any of the have tempted me to rectify this. Thank you Fiona!

Fiona Beckett said...

I never read Floyd in the Soup - will have to look out for that.

Agree he became quite sad, in the later years Greenlady, but I did enjoy those earlier programmes. I never used to make mushrooms a la grecque with tomatoes either but with oil and white wine. It did have the crushed coriander though which is crucial.

I think I'll definitely be trying another Floyd recipe soon. They're quite simple and unusual.

heidi said...

Great recipe - thanks!

Simply Life said...

those mushrooms look great!

Anonymous said...

I made this for tea tonight and it was far too acidic with the vinegar,lemons and tomatoes...was so excited try it but we couldn't eat it. Not so frugal.
Still it is always good to try something new.

Fiona Beckett said...

Sorry you found that. Maybe your lemon was bigger than the one I used - and tinned tomatoes vary. Sorry it didn't work