Mind Over Mushroom Challenge, Day 4: The Witch & Her Cauldron

Today I Learned that fresh mushrooms (you know – of the uncooked variety) are much, much more edible. Well, more edible to a mushroom hater. Those suckers still look horrifying, don’t get me wrong, but at least they didn’t cause a fuss in my stomach.

Even you mush-lovers must admit that there is no such thing as a beautiful mushroom. Those things are an enigma. Some have that underbelly full of soft crinkles that sort of remind a person of a fish’s gills (and who wants to eat a fish’s breathing apparatus? That’s just messed up.) Then there’s the dark parts all up against the white parts of a sliced regular mushroom and it kind of looks like an eye staring up at you (and if you got an image in your head of eating an eyeball, you must have gagged a little bit – which, I mean, welcome to my mush-life) Fish Gills & Mushroom Comparison

Now, on top of all of that these morsels are fungi. So you have to wrap your head around the idea that you’re eating fungus. A fungus that usually grows in poop.

You see why I have problems with mushrooms? It’s an all-out battle!

But that’s all beside the point because today, I didn’t gag. I didn’t throw up. I almost didn’t even notice that I was eating mushrooms. I sliced up a big ‘ol mess of white mushrooms and made myself a whole freakin’ cauldron of Japanese salad. I say cauldron because the amount of salad today’s recipe made was staggering.

[Side note: I don’t like to use swear words on here, so I was going to use the term “bloody” as an intensifier (bloody cauldron), but then it just read really wrong, as if I was the high witch of the north country brewing up a big batch of Japanese blood. So I went to the internet for help. I sometimes use the word “friggin”. But a quick search brought up urban dictionary and a whole different explanation of the word other than a replacement for the F-bomb. Sorry to get off track, but I really wanted to share that insight with you so you can learn something new today too…. As you can see, I went with the safe alternative of freakin’ although it’s not my favourite.]

So. That cauldron of Japanese salad. It was quite delicious. I made so much I even gave it out to others. (And no, that is not a part of some spell. All of you who ate it are going to be fine. The high witch of the north country isn’t going to be stealing your youth with a batch of Japanese salad.)

Okay, I can’t stop with the witch thing. I’ll just quit while I’m ahead. What a discombobulated post….

The salad was good. I ate the mushrooms without problem. I learned that uncooked mushrooms don’t deserve to be grouped in with the cooked variety that makes me gag. I have lots of leftovers. You’re welcome to have some… if you dare…

Today’s Fungus Feast:

Japanese Salad – white mushrooms, cabbage, bean sprouts, sunflower seeds, green onions, chow mein noodles, ichiban noodles, veggie oil, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, pepper, and seasoning.

2 thoughts on “Mind Over Mushroom Challenge, Day 4: The Witch & Her Cauldron

  1. Thanks for the suggestions. I really like this salad so I will definitely try sesame oil and Chinese vinegar next time! And you’re absolutely right about how I view the mushrooms. I can’t help my gut reaction, but trying to overcome those negative thoughts will go a long way… which is essentially the basis of this challenge and I’m surprising even myself that it has been working to a varying extent already. 🙂


  2. You should try sesame oil and Chinese vinegar in that recipe instead. Bumps the flavours up a notch! 😊 Congrats on your journey towards mushroom loving! Speaking of, why don’t you find and focus on the things that you love about mushrooms, even if it’s just one thing, instead of focusing on and grossing yourself out over stuff like how they look like gills and grow in poop? Mind over matter! I think about how creamy and white the button mushrooms are, how they add a rich, earthy flavour and how crisp and refreshing they are when they’re fresh! Just some ideas. 😊 Replace words your mind with “rich” instead of slimy and “crisp” instead of “gills”. Keep it up!


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