Friday, August 10, 2007


I think my readers must think I live only for the mushroom. This is not true. I have merely cooked some rather delicious mushrooms lately. Without further ado, I give you Portobello Steak.

-¾ cups olive oil
-1/8 cup soy sauce
-1 tbsp red wine vinegar
-Juice of one lemon
-3 cloves garlic thickly chopped
-Many sprigs of rosemary
-Enough water to cover the mushrooms

However many large Portobello caps you need (1 per person)

-Soak mushrooms in marinade overnight
-Grill or cook in a sauté pan over med-high head
-Serve with steak sauce on the side.

I served this with the Spaghetti Squash Pomodoro from last week to have a very filling meal that, according to consisted of about 167 calories, 26g carbs, 6g fat, and 5g protein (1 mushroom, 1tbsp steak sauce, and 1.5 cups squash).

Funny text message of the day:
“You say funny things when you sleep. Like you had your eyes open and talked nonsense for like thirty seconds”

1. You snake/ You crawled/ Between my legs/ Said want it all/ It’s yours you bet. Snake, PJ Harvey. Identified by Brooke.

2. And I tell you everything/ And hope that you won’t tell on me/ Not give you anything/ And know that you won’t tell on me

3. So here it is/ Fuck it/ Friends or no friends/ I’ve had enough bullshit to last me clear to the end

4. Speak Low/ When you speak love/ Oh Summer day withers away too soon/ Too soon. Speak Low, Identified by Mom. This version happened to be Billie Holiday.

5. Good feeling won’t you stay with me/ Just a little longer/ Always seems like you’re leaving/ when I need you here just a little longer. Good Feeling, Violent Femmes. Identified by Brooke.


Brooke said...

1 is PJ Harvey. I believe the song is just called Snake

5. Good Feeling - Violent Femmes. A song we grew to love in depression senior year

Lord Omar said...

Sounds delicious, but 3/4 cup of olive oil? That seems to be an awful lot. I'm too cheap to use that much.


Natalie said...

Brooke- It was so strange because I spent my entire life hating that song. I'm a little surprised you didn't get #2.

Lord Omar- It is a lot but the mushrooms are really big. I had to add well over two cups of water to the marinade to cover them completely. I fear if I used less they wouldn't get as much flavor. then again, it might not hurt either. I also guesstimate all my recipes so it could have been less.

Mrs. Loquacious said...

Oooh...that does sound very very delicious. I also have mushroom love, be it the shittake, the portabella, enoki, or plain white kinds.

That said, I have lawn mushroom phobia; I can't handle seeing faerie ring mushrooms or other close-growing bumpy fungal varieties. Those give me the heebie-jeebies.

Dan said...

Awesome!! I love portobello burgers and such. This could probably go right in a bun. Thanks!!

Mom said...

#4 is called "Speak Low". It's an old standard (I don't know who wrote it but could look it up if you like) and has been sung by a zillion people. Including me, in my high school choir.

The mushroom sounds great. We are going to have Morningstar Farms sausages and garden peppers with fresh garden herbs over whole wheat pasta tonight. Mmm! But we're still waiting for the first ripe garden tomatoes.

janeylynne said...

Yum. I've always had much love for the mushrooms myself, particularly the portobello. This recipe sounds super yummy and anything that delicious with that few of calories is fantastic!

NSGS said...

Hi Natalie,

I hate to say this, but that recipe sounds really yummy for real steak, too. I might have to give it a try. While I might like the portobello option, you know my picky family might not! :D

Blog Antagonist said...

Well I do live only for the mushroom. (well, and the occasional chocolate bar) So I'm anxious to try this recipe. I love your foodie Fridays.

Blondie said...

OK, clearly I don't listen to enough music. I swear, one day I will know ALL THE SONGS. ALL OF THEM. And I will WIN!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Princess Banter said...

Even if you do live for mushrooms alone, I would still totally come back for your recipes. I love mushrooms :) Thanks for these... something new to try out!

Sandra said...

Sounds amazing!!!! I love your receipes ... I have several printed out that I use all the time!

thethinker said...

I've only ever had mushrooms once.

I don't know what it is about mushrooms, but I just don't like them.

Eve said...

Portobello steaks, eh? Sounds delicious.

1. is PJ Harvey, snake?

With Love, Fat Girl said...

Funny... I had portobello steak last week. I too live for the mushroom. They're supposed to make you smarter, you know....

Evil Spock said...

I love Mushrooms. There's a guy at our farmer's market that sells really excellent shitake, maitake, and oyster mushrooms. He has Portabellos too, but I haven't bought them. I'm going to do your recipe this weekend!.