Mushrooms in Brown Sauce on Puff Pastry; the update

Did you hear cursing this past week?

Mon mari was plumbing.

He hates plumbing.

According to him, he has enough plumbing parts to start his own store.

According to him, if he needs a specific part to finish the job he never has that exact piece.

He’ll have to go to the store.

And the store will be closed. It will either be the 2-hour lunch closing, a half day holiday closing or the Sunday closing.

He managed, somehow, to finish the plumbing.


You can see where the toilet should be / will be.

I’m afraid to ask why it’s still sitting in the hall.

He has the shower hooked up and the tub ready to hook-up.

As you can see (in case you were wondering what you were looking at) he has the back wall and the shelf partially tiled where the tub will go.

The tub is also sitting in the hall.


This will be the last update for a few weeks.

I’m heading to the US to visit family.  Mon mari is staying home with the puppies.

They assured me they would take good care of him.

I have not asked what monumental tasks he will accomplish whilst I’m gone.

I prefer that he surprise me.

Since I will be madly dashing to and fro during my short sojourn stateside, I will not be posting any fascinating new bits of prose.  I say that, categorically, to take the pressure off myself.

I’ve been experiencing a wee bit of burn-out, not uncommon amongst us bloggers as we get into years 5, 6 and beyond of continuous blogging.

Two weeks in the US should give me plenty of new material.

I’ve been feeling a tad burnt-out in regards to the recipes as well….

Coming home to play with my pressure-cooker and tagine (neither used in summer) should cure that….

And a visit to Barnes and Noble.

As promised in yesterday’s post, here is the other mushroom pastry.

It got a wee bit cold before I got the photos taken…. I put it under the lights, in my little photo area, then had to pause to take care of a puppy crisis.  They were racing frantically in circles, barking… a puppy play frenzy. I had to get them under control before they destroyed the house.  That is not an easy task when the frenzy is upon them

Anyway, here is the other tart – we couldn’t decide which was best.

Make them and decide yourself.

Mushrooms in Brown Sauce

Mushrooms in Brown Sauce on Puff Pastry

3oz (90gr) mushrooms
2 shallots
2 cloves garlic
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp olive oil
2 tbs beef stock
2 tbs red wine
1 tbs tomato paste
1/2 sheet puff pastry

The pastry:  Lay out puff pastry and cut 4 circles, 4 inches in diameter (10 cm).  Cut  2.5″ (5cm) circles out of 2 circles.  Place the rings on the whole circles.  Put large and small circles on a baking sheet and bake, 420F (210C) for 12 – 15 minutes, or until puffed and golden.

The mushrooms: Thickly slice the mushrooms, roughly chop the shallots and mince the garlic.  Heat oil and Worcestershire in a large skillet.  Add shallots, garlic, mushrooms and saute until nicely browned.  Add stock, wine, tomato paste and stir until well combines.  Simmer until sauce is reduced and thickened.

To finish:  When pastries are done, remove.  Spoon mushrooms into the center, top with a small circle and serve. 

To keep you entertained while I’m off to-ing and fro-ing, I’ve decided to re-post the stories of our move here – and our stay at Vlad’s House….


6 thoughts on “Mushrooms in Brown Sauce on Puff Pastry; the update”

  1. Zoomie, Minnesota and Wisconsin…. back and forth…. I’d love to meet you too, maybe someday.
    Christine, it’s been a long time since I was on either coast!
    Meredith – done!
    manningroad, thanks
    Tina, so far, weather is gorgeous!

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