Oh you rascal, Michele Curtis! I open today's Epicure only to find your gushing endorsement of Damian Pike's king oyster mushrooms on page 2, published mere days after I too had waxed lyrical about them here!
At the risk of blogging/media saturation coverage of Damian Pike's king oyster mushrooms, here's what I did with them tonight. :)
Best-friend-K came over for dinner, wine and season 3 West Wing. I had some cream in the fridge I wanted to use up, so we ended up making a simple creamy sauce with chicken, spring onions, garlic, white wine, baby spinach and cracked black pepper to have with farfalle pasta. While b-f-K watched the sauce, I lightly pan-fried the thinly sliced king oyster mushrooms separately in a bit of butter. We draped the slices of mushroom over the pasta to serve.
King oyster mushrooms have a gorgeous firm texture, and the hint of garlic and parmigiano we later grated over the top really helped to bring out their umami flavour. Sensational mushrooms!