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Hike at Baldeneysee and Mushroom Risotto

Hike at Baldeneysee and Mushroom Risotto

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Last weekend the weather forecast predicted warm and sunny weather. So Marten and I didn’t think twice. Since we wanted to have a hot dog in the evening at PAN – Heftig Deftig, we hiked near that at Baldeneysee in Essen. Our track went through the district Stadtwald and above the lake. Here are a few impressions:

Those who hike a lot have a big appetite. So we cooked something and had a great place for that with a view on the lake.

We made a mushroom risotto with wild garlic. The ingredients are easy to carry and are good for months, so this dish is also suitable for hikes that last a couple of days or weeks.


First you have to rehydrate the mushrooms, then sauté the onions and stir in the rice, then add water and stir and continue adding water.


Zwiiebeln und Risottoreis

Add some instant broth to season the risotto.

Risottoreis und Pilze

To make it extra yummy we added soy milk powder, nutritional yeast flakes, salt and pepper. And of course wild garlic, that Marten picked the day before.

Bärlauch mit Pilzrisotto

Mhhh! We like the risotto very much and enjoyed it in the sun with the lake view.

Pilzrisotto mit Bärlauch

We cooked a coffee for dessert and then hiked the last kilometers to the car.


If you want to cook the risotto, too (at home or on the road): Here is the recipe for you.




Mushroom Risotto
Gang/Type: Main Dish
Ergibt/Yield: 2 Portions
  • 250 g (8.8 oz) risotto rice
  • 40 g (1.4 oz) dried mushrooms (a mixture of mushrooms, shiitake, king oyster mushrooms, porcini)
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 onions
  • 1 tbsp instant vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp soy milk powder - alternative 1/2 cup non-dairy cream
  • 1 heaped tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 small hand full wild garlic
  • salt
  • pepper
  1. Cover the mushrooms with boiling water and let steep for 10 minutes, then drain.

  2. Sauté the onion in hot oil. Add rice and fry for a few minutes. Then add the mushrooms and vegetable broth and add some water (aboút 1/2 a cup).

  3. Stir occasionally and let the rice absorb the water, then add some more and keep on stirring. Proceed until the rice is soft.

  4. Roughly chop the wild garlic and add to the risotto. Season with soy milk powder, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper. Arrange on two plates.


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