Inspired Recipe: Stuffed Mushrooms with Wild Rice Stuffing
Life of Pi by Yann Martel inspired me to make stuffed mushrooms with wild rice stuffing. As Pi floated across the vast and lonely ocean, he reminisced about the comfort foods of his home. Throughout the novel, Pi could not help but remark upon the smell of the flares again and again, because the scent as they burned away reminded him of cumin, of the meals of his childhood. Pi’s journey was defined by his underlying longing for the comforts of home, for all that he had lost, but it was also defined by what he found within himself while stranded and alone.
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Hoping to recreate these two aspects of Pi’s adventure, I landed on stuffed mushroom caps with a wild rice stuffing center, because this dish is housed in a food that is comforting and familiar, but simultaneously hides the wildness that resides within.
I combined two recipes because I wanted my stuffed mushrooms to have a surprise center. Although I loved the finished product, both recipes can easily stand alone with equally delicious results.
Now that you’re good and hungry, read our recommendation of the book that inspired this recipe: Life of Pi.