Thursday, December 9, 2010



We visited a mushroom farm the other day and what fun to see the produce mushrooming in the unique style they have.  They look so flowery and have a  delicacy even at this stage. 

Mushrooms are used in frying, baking, soups, casseroles, pickled, in stir fries and in  gourmet  presentations in  Asian, Indian, Moroccan and Middle Eastern cooking.
 I am a Vegetarian and find mushrooms a great source of food    value.You never tire of eating them, creating fun dishes and using them to enhance all salads and quiches as well


Two cups of mixed mushrooms.
Two cups of peeled and cut up carrots and sweet potatoes.
Two cups of cubed, peeled potatoes.
One cup of thinly sliced onions.
One cup of peeled cubed Granny Smith apples.
One cup of thinly sliced tomatoes and red peppers.
Fry all of these, in a large pan that is oiled with olive oil. As you turn them add the following spices.
Three crushed cloves of garlic, 2 teaspoons of sea salt, one teaspoon pepper, a few bay leaves in a muslin bag. You must remove the bay leaves before serving.
Add three teaspoons of curry powder, half a teaspoon turmeric and half a teaspoon of cumin and a dash of cinnamon. Add half a cup of crushed mint and fresh parsley leaves.
 Place all of this into a large oven  casserole dish. Cover with three cups of water and a little squeezed juice of two tomatoes, a grated carrot and  a few pieces of sliced celery. Cook covered for forty minutes in a medium oven. Check if the vegetables are soft.
 Serve this on a bed of cooked brown rice. Add some raisins on top and half a cup of  grated  cocoanut. You can use a dish of chutney on the side and a bowl of cut up green peppers in a little apple juice.  I  add a few sliced mushrooms that are sautéed in a little olive oil and sesame seeds. Looks great on top.   Enjoy.


I wash and cut up three cups of mushrooms,
One cup of sliced green onions,
One cup of thinly sliced onions,
 Three crushed cloves of garlic and two cups of cooked diced potatoes.
One cup of grated kohlrabi.

 Sauté the onions, garlic, green onions and mushrooms in olive oil. Use  vegetable salt, pepper ,a little garlic salt , a
grated kohlrabi and a little grated ginger. add the cooked potaotes When done let the filling cool.

Roll out filo dough and use a little oil to seal it. Mix the filling with a  cup of grated mozzarella cheese and half a cup of yogurt.   Roll carefully and seal. You can coat with a beaten egg to give a gloss and with a sprinkling of sesame seeds. Place on an oiled baking sheet and bake for twenty minutes in a hot oven.

 Serve with a green salad.

I love fresh mushrooms, but also keep the dried variety at home. They are quick to use and turn any dish into a gourmet's delight. Look at the website of . I found a great deal on information about all  different kinds  and food values of each.

Have fun and enjoy the mushrooms


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