Mushroom Salad with Quail Eggs

Full-flavoured shiitake mushrooms are poached with more delicate chanterelles and oyster mushrooms, then tossed with herbs and topped with softly poached quail eggs.

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4servings 20minutes 25minutes
Servings Prep Time
4servings 20minutes
Cook Time
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  1. Put the shallots, garlic, crushed coriander seeds and bay lead in a large saucepan. Add the stock and bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, thickly slice the shiitake mushrooms. Break the oyster mushrooms and the chanterelles into smaller pieces (leave small ones whole).
  3. Add the Marsala or sherry and the shiitake mushrooms to the hot stock. Gently simmer for 3 minutes, then add the chanterelles and oyster mushrooms, and cook for 1-2 minutes. Remove the mushrooms using a slotted spoon and transfer to a bowl.
  4. Add the sliced leeks to the simmering stock and cook for 3-4 minutes, until tender. Remove with a slotted spoon and add to the mushrooms.
  5. Rapidly boil the stock for about 5 minutes, until syrupy and reduce to about 100 ml (3 1/2 fl oz). Strain the liquid through a very fine sieve into a small bowl. Whisk in the oil and lemon juice, and season with some freshly ground black pepper. Pour 1/4 cup (60 ml) of this dressing over the mushrooms and leeks, and gently toss. Leave to cool.
  6. Cook the eggs in boiling water for 1-2 minutes, depending on whether you prefer them soft or medium boiled. Plunge into cold water to cool, then peel.
  7. Put the lettuce leaves and herbs in a mixing bowl. Drizzle with remaining dressing and toss to coat. Arrange the salad leaves on one side of four plates and the mushroom mixture on the other side. Cut the eggs in half and divide among the plates. Serve at one.
Recipe Notes

Per serving: 156 calories, 8 g protein, 8 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 10 g carbohydrate (7 g sugars), 5 g fibre, 336 mg sodium