Pretty Dishes


Warm Fig and Mushroom Salad
February 17, 2010, 4:13 pm
Filed under: City Arts

The next installment of the City Arts recipes is a warm salad featuring figs and oyster mushrooms. Now, Seattle is a fantastic place to find unique ingredients year-round, but for whatever reason I had the most challenging time finding a stand or grocery that had dried figs or oyster mushrooms in stock. I finally did, and the effort paid off.

This is a lovely starter salad, and I especially enjoyed the particular flavor and texture of the oyster mushrooms—to substitute them is to change the salad entirely.

(Recipe and select photos here.)

The yellow cast to the photos is something I’m working to eliminate as I improve as a photographer. Part of the problem is using a Canon DSLR (which tends to shoot in warmer tones) but the bigger issue is the lighting in my kitchen. There’s only a small window to allow natural light (plus these were taken at night), there are spotlights high above in the ceiling, and as of yet I haven’t used any secondary lighting as a filler or to offset others.

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