Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Foodie Tuesday - mushroom month

October is mushroom month so if like me you’re a fungi fan then check out the Mushroom Bureau website where you will find more than 250 marvellous mushroom recipes. 

Celebrity chef James Martin says mushrooms are ideal for adding to our favourite dishes. “They are naturally low in fat, yet high in nutritional values making them the perfect cooking vegetable, not to mention they taste delicious.”

And they are healthy – did you know they are a source of selenium, vitamin B5 and folic acid? No neither did I.

Here is one of my favourite recipes from the site www.moretomushrooms.com

Sticky spiced mushroom skewers
Serves: 2
Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes (10 minutes + marinating - preparation time)

2 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tbsp Chinese cooking wine
1 tbsp clear honey
1 tsp vegetable oil
2cm piece root ginger, grated
1 clove garlic, crushed 
½ tsp Chinese Five spice
250g shiitake mushrooms 

1. Mix all of the ingredients, except the mushrooms, together in a large bowl.

2. Add the mushrooms and stir well until they are coated in the marinade. Cover and leave in a cool place for at least 1 hour.

3. Drain the marinade into a small pan and simmer for 1-2 minutes until syrupy.

4. Thread the mushrooms onto skewers then cook on a griddle, barbecue, or under a hot grill for about 10 minutes, turning frequently. 

5. Brush the mushroom skewers with the marinade while cooking.

6. Serve hot with noodles and chargrilled peppers and courgettes.

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