Sunday, May 10, 2009
Cashew Mushroom Pâté
A house concert potluck Friday night gave me the chance to try a new appetizer recipe, this cashew mushroom pâté. If you haven't been to a house concert, keep an eye out for an opportunity in your town. We prefer to hear live music in small venues, and it doesn't get more intimate than someones home. House concerts involve someone hosting a band in their home, and opening the show to the public. All donations go to the band, and people usually bring food to share too. Friday night we saw The Greencards, who put on an energetic show with some amazing musicianship. They play some traditional bluegrass, and plenty of bluegrass-influenced songs with their own modern spin on them. There's a little swing, a little pop, and some world music influences thrown in for good measure.
While my go-to house concert dish is cold peanut noodles, this time I wanted to make a dip instead. This pâté combines sautéed mushrooms and onions with spices and cashews for an earthy taste with a predominant curry flavor. The Lovin' Spoonfuls restaurant recipe was featured in a Vegetarian Times column on best restaurant recipes. I substituted dry vermouth for sherry, since we always have martini fixin's on hand. A little diced peppadew is sprinkled on top to garnish. Check out the article for more fun recipes. I've put The Grit's Golden Bowl on my list to try too. Even though I have The Grit's cookbook, I've yet to make the Golden Bowl.
And thanks everyone for the good thoughts for Ricky! We have our finger crossed that he'll be adopted soon.