I am a bit reluctant to post this photo because it looks like total ass compared to Rose's beautiful chowder, which was the basis for its inspiration. Having said that, Rose is 25% of this blog's readership, and she already knows this is tasty, so how much harm can a fugly photo of this recipe do? I made a few changes out of love of booze/laziness/lack of ingredients. First, I fried up some tempeh bacon then deglazed the pot in a buttload of white wine. I could only get trumpet and crimini mushrooms, so I augmented those with some dried shiitakes. I think they imparted a nice smokiness. Also, I didn't smoke the shrooms so I added some liquid smoke. Finally, I added peas 'cause I like peas. And I don't chop very finely OR peel anything.
This is just here because it was delicious. That is all.
This. What can I say about this horror?
Do I need to tell you that it is not real chicken? It is in fact fake vegan chicken I bought from our local Asian superstore. Could someone please tell the genius who extruded the soy protein into the chicken-shaped mold that no one EVER ate chicken because of the goose-pimply plucked appearance? They needn't have bothered! I only bought this because this company made a shiitake fake chicken product that I loved. Either the store isn't selling it anymore or the company isn't making it. Either way, after MUCH deliberation, I bought this.