If you’re constantly on the go and/or just got bitten by the lazy bug, here’s one quick meal or side dish you can make. It only requires two main ingredients — straw mushrooms and teardrop and/or cherry tomatoes.
While you can use other types of mushrooms, I often use straw mushrooms simply because it’s a personal favorite. I grew up eating straw mushrooms this way: When the rice is almost cooked (or as soon as the rice cooker knob switches to ‘warm’), we would carefully place the washed straw mushrooms on top of the still steaming rice and cover. It will only take a few minutes to steam the mushrooms. Once done, the now soft and moist mushrooms are placed in a bowl and seasoned with lemon juice, and salt and pepper. It’s great eaten with rice, as usual! Sometimes, we’d add garlic, fresh herbs, and balsamic vinegar with some olive oil. It really depends on your preference.
I like the teardrop tomatoes for their natural sweetness. It’s easy to eat; I don’t have to slice and chop. I’ve been known to sit down and enjoy these tomatoes (dipped in sugar with chilies) like I would a tub of popcorn.
Anyhow, try this light, refreshing and healthy salad if you don’t have time preparing elaborate meals. Of course, you can always add anything you like to the basic ingredients. I won’t even bother to add the exact measurements because this one is so simple you can even do it while watching your favorite TV soap opera.
Straw mushrooms (sliced in half if you prefer)
Teardrop tomatoes, whole
Salt & pepper to taste
Fresh dill (This is optional but it does give a nutty flavor to the whole dish)
1. Wash the mushrooms and tomatoes well.
2. Put both ingredients in a steamer, add salt, and steam until soft. Don’t overcook. Once you see the tomatoes soft but not mushy, time to take it out. You want to save the juices that ooze out of the mushrooms. You can also do this by microwave if you like.
3. Put everything in a bowl. Add the lemon juice according to taste. Check if it needs more salt.
4. Add black pepper.
5. Top with fresh dill. If you don’t have fresh dill, you can substitute with coriander/cilantro, parsley, or basil.
Serve either warm or chilled.
There you have it — a very simple, straightforward dish that combines the earthy flavors of mushrooms and the tangy-sweet flavors of tomatoes. Enjoy!