Nana says: "I prefer the chicken liver gateaux."
Sorry, I was really looking forward to this recipe but it just didn't work
for me. I researched for the tree ear mushrooms and finally ordered them
from I-Gourmet a few weeks back. The rest of the ingredients were
easily found at Wegman's.
I have never cooked cellophane noodles before and after soaking them
per package instructions found them to be quite gross. A bit too slimy
for my taste. I stir fried the onion and garlic, added the mushrooms and just
knew this was not good. I could not take the aroma but was not certain
whether it was the mushrooms or the sesame oil.
I added the shrimp, a bit of tomato puree and it looked better but
decided not to combine the noodles with the shrimp mixture. Instead I
prepared a single serving for photos. Hubby was trying to be nice but
after the first taste he said he truly disliked it. I picked out the shrimp and,
sorry to say, tossed out everything else.
After reading the P & Q's earlier in the day I thought the problem
was going to be the tomato puree, but I was wrong.......
This was something different, that is for sure.
As usual, I was spoiled rotten and Nana delivered the exotic ingredients
she tracked down and brought them right to my door. While the special
mushrooms were indeed a coup to have delivered, one of the most
valuable things Nana shared was the yellow post it note telling me
to actually read the "P's and Q's" this week.
She said there was some issue involving the tomato puree.
By the time I finished reading, I decided to go rogue and exclude it
completely. My taste testers liked the shrimp and mushrooms well
enough, but complained that these noodles were too "neutral".
Overall no one wanted a repeat. The cellophane noodles were a very
interesting texture and I had to take one photo showing them without
the topping, as they do indeed look like cellophane.
Always an adventure.......