After a 4-hour train ride home after a long day chock full of meetings, the last thing you want to do is spend an hour whipping up dinner. But I hadn’t really had time to buy something to eat on the train and I wanted at least something small and satisfying to eat.
I opened the fridge when I got home and the mushrooms I had bought a few days earlier had “small quick meal here” written all over them. I snatched them out, along with some shallots, garlic, lemon thyme and some creme fraiche. A handful or two of chantarelles, some enoki, and a few of another sort I don’t even know the name of…ah…mushrooms…such a fall feeling.
While the pan heated, I chopped everything up, and then poured a slug of olive oil into the pan. The garlic and onions caramelized for a few minutes and I cut a couple slices of my favorite dark German bread (“Bauernkruste” – which means Farmer’s Crust) and threw them in the toaster to crisp up. Then into the pan went the chantarelles, and a few minutes later the other two sorts of mushrooms. A sprinkle of salt and pepper, the lemon thyme, and finally a small spoonful of the creme fraiche to add some velvety smoothness to the mix.
Out popped the bread, a bit of butter on each slice, and then the mushroom mix spooned on top. Dinner. Quick and dirty.