Back in March, one of my Facebook friends sent me a link to this video:
Naturally, it was something of a revelation. Mushroom umami! Pseudobacon! I've been wanting to try this technique ever since, but the price of shiitakes at the grocery store was a bit prohibitive.
Then I realized, hey! I could grow my own mushrooms, right? I was up for a little experiment. So off I went aGoogle-ing to research shiitake kits and discovered that mushrooms grown on logs are far superior in taste to those grown on those sawdust blocks. A bit more hunting and I found this place. I ordered myself a kit, envisioning a cute little log I could keep on my countertop in a porcelain saucer while I patiently waited for the little shroomies to sprout. Instead I got this...
It looks like a turd.
I'll keep you updated.