cooking with Sparassis Crispa, aka cauliflower mushroom

This dish is using Sparassis Crispa, aka cauliflower mushroom.   The specimen I found was not overly large.

Sparassis Crispa

Sparassis Crispa, aka cauliflower mushroom. 

As you all probably know I am no good with recipes and measurements.  So keep this in mind as you read through.

I gave the head a good rinse, and upended it and set it to drain.   

I then cut, with scissors, the ruffled parts down to where it got sort of solid.  It was a little squishy in some spots near the center areas so I didn’t want to use that part.


Then I gave a more thorough washing to dislodge leaf and dirt.  Again I set it aside to drain.  Then in to the fridge overnight.

Next day I pulled out the large pieces and set them in the dehydrator, and decided to use all the smaller bits for a Hot n Sour soup.


I set out, garlic chili paste, soy sauce, rice vinegar, miso, garlic, ginger, onion, celery, tofu, zucchini, spring onion, baby arugula, and celery.


So first thing was to thin slice 1/4 of a medium onion, 1 stay of celery, 1/2 of 1/2 a zucchini, and 2 stalks of spring onion.  Then I minced about 4 cloves of garlic, and shredded about a 1 inch nub of ginger. I took about 1/3 of a block of firm tofu and cubed it.


Now I put a bit of olive oil in a pan and started sautéing the onion, then I added a big spoon of chili paste, about 1/2 c soy sauce, and about 1/3 c rice vinegar.  Then I added about 1 1/2 ltrs of water.

To all this I added about 3 T miso and let that break down.  Then I added the tofu, zucchini, ginger, and celery.

Give that time to heat through and toss in a handful of baby arugula, and about 1/2 the sliced green onion.

Again, bring up to heat and you are done.  Taste and adjust.


Once you have bowled the soup add a bit of green onion slices.


It was super yummy, a bit spicy to begin with for Tom, but once he adjusted he declared it a winner.

About Debi in Merida

I moved from Colorado Springs, Colorado USA to Merida, Yucatan, MX in January 2006. I love to read, garden, travel, and hang out with friends.
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