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Lunch, originally uploaded by kitschenette.

Seared balsamic mushrooms and tomatoes with rosemary on toast with avocado.
Friday lunch, eaten unfortunately in too much of a rush. Deserved to be lingered over, with coffee and a sweetie (human or otherwise).

To make, froth a good amount of butter in a pan, with a drop of oil to stop it burning. Drop in quartered mushrooms and sear at a high heat until the edges are lightly charred and the mushrooms start to soften. Keep up the heat and add a couple of cloves of crushed garlic and some spikes of fresh rosemary. Add a good few hearty splashes of balsamic vinegar (it will hiss and splutter, that’s good), and season with salt and pepper. Turn down the heat slightly and keep stirring to prevent the garlic burning (the mushrooms are fairly sturdy). Throw in some halved cherry tomatoes. Toast some good bread and smear with avocado (if you have it at hand, a few drops of lemon or lime juice will brighten things up considerably). The mushrooms by now should be nicely charred and succulent. Add a knob of butter (some chopped flat-leaf parsley might also be a good addition at this point, if you have some around) to make it all nice and shiny, and then tip the lot over the toast. Serve up, and devour. A fresh oj would be delicious…and then of course, coffee and that piece of sweetness that should end all meals.


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