We have had a grand ol’ time enjoying various kid’s activity boxes in France including MaCocoBox, Charlie Jasmin and more recently the Déclic et des Trucs box. With several kid-friendly activities and also small surprise gifts inside, it’s always fun and amusing to discover each new box. After testing a few kids boxes, we also wanted to find a box that was geared more towards parents, but that we could also share with the kids and spoil ourselves a bit more! This is why we decided to try the Prêt à Pousser box. A touch of gardening for the green thumbs, a few days of observation and finally the result is in our bellies with a lovely meal. With the choice of three different kinds of oyster mushrooms (yellow, grey or pink) we opted for the pink oyster mushrooms! Why pink? Because they are rarely found at the local farmer’s market or supermarket and they also add a bit of color to the meal with a more fruity and fun taste!
Upon receiving the box (which is a bit heavy!), we cut a cross in the small plastic window and sprayed the window with 2 spritzes of water (the spray bottle is included in the packaging) once per day. After 5 days, we didn’t believe that anything would happen… nothing seemed to change! But we continued and little by little, after day 6, we started to see very tiny pink colorations forming in the window. Then, it seemed like every hour, even minute, our little oyster mushrooms were growing bigger and bigger! It’s truly fascinating! The kids jumped out of bed every morning to observe and water the baby mushrooms. After 10 days, our pink oyster mushrooms became, how can we say it!? ENORMOUS! Now it’s time to cook them!
In order to cook and also get the best taste out of oyster mushrooms, we decided to make two simple and easy recipes. Are you not convinced that your kids like mushrooms? It’s pretty surprising because the pink oyster mushrooms were a success with our kids when we made these delicious recipes!
Pink Oyster Mushroom Tempura
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Ingredients (for 4 people):
– Oyster Mushrooms (approximately 12 pieces, we opted for 3 mushrooms per person)
– 1 cup of tempura flour (we bought the CJ Beksul Mix at K-Mart – 6-8 Rue St. Anne 75001 Paris, tempura flour can easily be found in your local Japanese or Chinese supermarket)
– 3/4 cup of cold water
– green chives
– salt & pepper for taste
– frying oil
Using an egg beater or fork, mix together the flour, water, chives and a bit of salt and pepper.
Dip each mushroom in the batter and then into the hot oil until golden brown.
Drain your mushroom tempura and serve hot with soy sauce, aioli or on it’s own.
Pink Oyster Mushroom Ravioli
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 4-5 minutes
Ingredients (for 4 people) :
– 1 cup of oyster mushrooms thinly sliced
– 1 cup of goat cheese
– 1 garlic head
– salt & pepper to taste
– a few bunches of sage (fresh if possible)
– Chinese Ravioli Skins (also found at K-Mart – 6-8 Rue St. Anne 75001 Paris or at most Asian supermarkets)
– 1/2 cup of butter
– prosciutto (optional)
For the inside of the raviolis, dry your mushrooms in a pan by heating them up at high temperature and stirring frequently for about 7-8 minutes. Take out your mushrooms and let them cool down. Mix the goat cheese, the crushed garlic, chives, salt and pepper. Mix in the mushrooms.
Take the chinese ravioli skins and a small bowl of cold water. On each ravioli skin add a bit of the mushroom goat cheese mixture in the middle and fold in half sealing each ravioli with cold water on the edges to stick and close firmly. Cook your raviolis in salted bowling water for approximately 4 minutes or until they start floating to the top. Gently drain the raviolis.
In a sauce pan melt the butter and sage and pour over your raviolis. You can also heat up some finely cut prosciutto and add this over the raviolis to add a bit of salty crunch texture. Bon appétit !
After our meal, we decided to grow more mushrooms in the same box. We just dipped the contents (that are in a plastic bag) of our box in water overnight, drained the contents and put it back in the box to start again. It’s possible to grow mushrooms up to 7 times in the same box, but we are going to try for 8! You can follow our results on Twitter with the hashtags #pretapousser and #yoyomom !
Don’t forget, our pink oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus djamor) are organic and an excellent source of protein and vitamins! 😉 Other mushroom boxes available in the UK are found at the Espresso Mushroom Company and in the United States at Back To The Roots Mushroom Farm.
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