twig boy cooks – mushroom boomers with ‘extra booms’
It’s Friday fry day! Jump start your weekend of beautiful vegetarian food with these cosmic mushroom boomers. As with all twig boy recipes, they are dead easy to make and taste pretty freaking amazing. They make an ideal starter or, if you’re feeling adventurous, team them up with twig boys latest creation. TBFT. Anyway, these mushroom boomers can be deep or shallow fried depending on how healthy you want to be. I tend to deep fry things but then I offset that with a salad. Like when the oil companies sail around the world, pumping out CO2 whilst pillaging the planet of it’s natural resources unnecessarily, then they plant a few trees to make it square. 1 deep fried mushroom = 2 leaves of lettuce I reckon. Right*?
*I don’t eat animals, so morally, whatever I say, I’m right. Regardless of whether I’m factually right. That’s a fact.
Ingredients. Serves 2. Preparation time – 5 minutes. Cooking time – 10 minutes.
6 medium/large mushrooms (not the huge ones, normal ones)
3 cloves of garlic, crushed or 1 tsp chilli powder. More or less depending on how booming you want your boomers to be
25ml fizzy water
125g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
N.B. You can customize your boomers by using your favourite spice of choice. Curry might be quite top?
ONE. Peel your mushrooms, the batter will cling to them better. Next, halve or quarter them depending on your ideal bomb size. I have a fairly small mouth so I have to use quarters.
TWO. Add your water, flour, baking powder, garlic or chilli, salt and pepper to a large mixing bowl. Mix them. You should aim to form a fairly thick batter. Feel free to adjust your flour and water quantities as needed. I won’t judge you for doing it wrong.
THREE. Heat your oil to 190°. You can test the temperature by dropping in a drip of batter. If it immediately goes ‘fizzle-sizzle-pop’ it’s hot enough. Carefully lower your mushroom boomers into the hot oil using a slotted spoon. Cook them until they are golden brown, roughly 10 minutes. Remove from the oil using your slotted spoon and leave them to drain on kitchen towel.
FOUR. To make your ‘extra booms, simply dribble a few drops of your batter mixture into your fryer and let them cook for a minute or two. These turn out to be crispy little nuggets of joy and, let’s face it, who doesn’t love a crispy little nugget of joy every now and then.
FIVE. Serve and enjoy alongside a simple twig boy cooks ‘slaw and some incredibly easy BBQ dipping sauce.