The Problem of Mushrooms

I made soup out of my jack-o-lantern. Pumpkin, lentils, potato, lemongrass, nutmeg, cumin (just a little), mushrooms, rice, milk, and onion – very tasty and filling! But also very ugly.

I have this problem whereby cooking with mushrooms (admittedly not the freshest ones available, since I buy from the “reduced for quick sale” cart) results in a sludgy dark gray color. The taste is fine but I want my food to be pretty, too – any hints?

Comments

  1. Rana wrote:

    Sometimes they’ll turn a soup purple! (Well, purple-ish.)
    The only thing I can think of is to saute them first, and add relatively late in the process.

  2. yami wrote:

    Yeah, this one mighta been purple too, if it weren’t for the interaction with pumpkin yellow….

  3. Erika wrote:

    Food coloring!!!
    Tasteless, and your soup can come in almost any color you like. Just darkish colors you like. Yeah!

  4. yami wrote:

    Now there’s an idea!

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