Fungus, the third food kingdom and 9 great mushroom recipes.


FullSizeRenderMy sister and I recently won a “mushroom experience” courtesy of Australian Mushrooms and Prahran Market. We were fed, whisked off Parwan Valley Mushrooms to see their mushroom growing sheds and then fed again. You can read more about it by going here, but suffice to say, it was fascinating learning about how mushrooms are cultivated and grown for production with the whole process being much more sophisticated than I had realised. FullSizeRender

Different sized mushrooms pushing through the casting soil that comes all the way from Holland.


Did you know that a mushroom is neither a fruit or a vegetable, rather it is the fruiting body of the mycelium and is actually comes from the third food kingdom, the mushroom kingdom.

Mushrooms also have lots of health benefits and a great nutritional profile as they contain;

  • selenium
  • B vtiamins
  • antioxidants
  • Vitamin D in light exposed mushrooms
  • protein
  • fibre and more.

After witnessing the fascinating process that goes into growing mushrooms, I am determined to use more of this precious ingredient in my cooking. So here are 9 great recipes to inspire more mushroom usage in the kitchen.

  1. Green Eggs and Mushrooms from Champagne and Chips.

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2. Mushroom & Quinoa Vegan Meatballs with a Rustic Pasta Sauce courtesy of 84th and 3rd.

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3. Stuffed Mushroom Kilpatrick from Australian food blog What’s For Eats?

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4. Creamy Polenta and Mushrooms from food blogger Bec at


5. Vegetarian Sausage Rolls made by Tara at

6. Miso Mushroom Fettuccine (this one is gluten free and coeliac friendly) courtesy of The Aussie Coeliac. 


7. Porcini and Chicken Soup from Eat My Street.


8. Mushroom & Caramelised Onion Polenta Bites from Jennifer at Delicious Everyday. 


9. Chipotle Chilli Mushrooms from from Mother, author and blogger Kyrstie of A Fresh Legacy.

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There they are, 9 beautiful mushroom recipes courtesy of some talented Australian bloggers.

Tell me, do you have a simple, tasty mushroom recipe? I would love to hear from you if you do. Tell me about it in the comments below.

Happy Eating.

Dani xx

FullSizeRenderDani B is a food, travel and wellness blogger from Melbourne. She writes about “good food for a good life” with recipes, reviews, interviews and more.  You can also find her on FacebookInstagram or come and join her online cooking club. 

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The Story So Far: Port Fairy

We drove into Port Fairy late on Thursday night, footloose and childfree and high on the buzz of the first warm day that we have experienced for a long time. The moon was hanging heavy in the sky making everything glow with warmth and expectation.2016-08-18 18.43.53

Thanks to Great Ocean Road Tourism I was in town to experience some of the culinary delights on offer in one of the most beautiful coastal towns in Victoria; Port Fairy.IMG_6599

Bordered on two sides by the sea and with a plethora of gorgeous bluestone buildings Port Fairy is a perfect spot for a weekend away. It also has a gorgeous river running through it, a selection of great eating houses  and a thriving arts scene.FullSizeRender

We checked into our apartment right in the centre of town and headed out to our first rendezvous, Coffin Sally’s pizza bar. Coffin Sally’s is set up in what was once the undertakers building and what a spectacular building it is. Pete was our host for the evening and is also the owner of this excellent pizza bar.IMG_6551 Roaring fire, amazing bluestone building and salty, delicious pizza made for an excellent first night.2016-08-18 20.17.00

2016-08-18 19.55.26The next day we visited Limestone Gallery for lunch in their newly opened cafe. Once we pulled ourselves away from the beautiful sculpture garden we were able to enjoy a reuben sandwich like no other.IMG_6618

Dinner that night was at the very impressive Fen Restaurant. We pulled on our best party frocks (Ok, that was just me) and headed out for dinner at this sleek restaurant beside the Stag Inn Hotel.

The highlights here were the Abalone with Shiitake Mushroom and a desert featuring native Australian ingredients that were out of this world. Chef Ryan has a focus on native and foraged ingredients and he combines them with thoughtful consideration. This was a very “Australian” dinner, in all the right ways.IMG_6617IMG_6611

Well today the sun is shining again (Yay!) and we still have a little sight-seeing to do fuelled by coffee and a great nights sleep. If only the wind and rain would leave us alone.

Not a bad way to spend the last weekend of my mid-thirties. **cough cough


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Kubo and the Two Strings Review

Kubo and the Two Strings Review

I was delighted to be invited along to the Melbourne International Festival Kids Gala opening of Kubo and the Two Strings on the weekend.

Proudly sponsored by the delicious Cobs Popcorn, this was an extra special event because I got to bring along not only my eleven year old daughter but my sister and her daughter too.

Kubo and the Two Strings was a great movie with a big sweeping storyline and a stunning setting. It made me cry and it made me laugh and it made me feel a little scared too.

Thanks to some very exciting adventures, little Kubo learns that as humans we have the magic ability to always keep people alive in our memories. I have learnt that lesson myself through my own set of adventures and so the story really resonated with me.

My daughter and I also both learnt that man cannot live on popcorn alone, although we definitely tried.

So many great lessons. 🙂

Kubo and the Two Strings was a fantastic movie although your children are bound to find it scary, so you might not want to take the little ones.

Take a look at the official trailer.

PS We got to walk the red carpet which was pretty fun although I do tend to get a startled look in my eye when someone I don’t know takes my photo.

Kubo and the Two Strings Review

So then we decided to take a few photos ourselves.

Having just seen Absolutely Fabulous the movie the night before, I thought I’d try out my “Thursday” pout.

Kubo and the Two Strings Review

We had a lot of fun hanging out together and enjoying the festivities before the movie started. 🙂


Dani B is a food and lifestyle blogger from Melbourne. You can find out more by visiting her at


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What’s cooking this week?

Looking for some great meal ideas for the week ahead? Me too. I am always on the lookout for something new and different to keep me out of a cooking rut.

Week night cooking has to be healthy and pretty simple at my house as we tend to be a little rushed. Last week I asked for some ideas from the gang at my Eat My Street Cooking Club.

  • Leigh suggested a homemade Chicken Schnitzel with a panko crumb and gravy which I thought was pretty delicious and so did the rest of my family. I just made up my own version but you could try this really yummy version from Taste.

Here are a few other suggestions from some awesome Aussie bloggers.

  • Tonight I made this Biryani recipe from the talented Clare at The Life of Clare. I have never previously made my own Biryani and I was so pleased with this recipe. It was simple and my whole family enjoyed it which is quite the miracle.



  • Then there is this simple lunch idea from Beth at Baby Mac.

Pan-fried dumplings with chilli and chives.



  • How about some delicious, cheesy chicken lasagne? This recipe is from right here at Eat My Street. I might be biased but I think it’s a good one. 🙂

Chicken and Ricotta Lasagne


  • Then why not finish off with something sweet? Thanks to Amy from Grandpa Cat for this gluten-free recipe.

Orange and Rosemary Cakes with Fig

Gluten free orange and Rosemary cakes with caramelised figs (vegan)

What will you be cooking this week? Do us all a favour and share your favourite recipes on our Facebook page or come and join in the Eat My Street Cooking Club. 


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Chicken and Ricotta Lasagne

 Chicken and Ricotta lasagne

This Chicken lasagne recipe is a dish that my husband often cooks for me. It is delicious, very cheesy and the kids adore it. I am pretty sure despite all the interesting things I have made them over the years, this is basically their favourite meal.

I used to make an excellent lasagne but I am a bit rusty these days because my husband tends to be the designated lasagne maker. I hate to admit it but his lasagne skills are now better than mine.

I love a challenge though so you never know, there might still be hope for me.


Lasagne really is one of the all time great comfort foods isn’t it?

I often think of the wonderful lasagne’s that two of my best friends dropped off for me after my Dad died. Nothing ever tasted so good.

But here it is, Richard’s famous cheesy lasagne recipe. Serve with an enormous salad and enjoy.

Chicken and Ricotta Lasagne
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 6
  • 375 g of lasagna sheets
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 500 grams of minced chicken
  • 800g of crushed tomatoes
  • 5 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of mixed herbs
  • 1 cup of water
  • 500 grams of ricotta cheese
  • 250grams of mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup of parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius.
  2. Cook onion and garlic in the olive oil over a gentle heat until sot and translucent.
  3. Add the chicken mince and turn up to a medium heat and cook until browned.
  4. Add the tomato paste and the tomatoes.
  5. Season to taste with salt and add in the sugar, herbs and water. Stir thoroughly and simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Assemble the lasagna in a large dish by adding ½ cup of sauce on the base, then covering with pasta sheets.
  7. Add another sauce layer, then ¼ of the ricotta, ¼ of the parmesan, and ¼ of the mozzarella.
  8. Repeat with pasta, sauce and cheese until all the layers are complete and you finish with the cheese layer on top.
  9. Cover with foil and cook for 35 minutes.
  10. Remove foil and cook for another 10 minutes.
  11. Let it stand before serving.


Happy Eating.

Dani xx



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Why I freaking hate Freak Shakes

I love a ridiculously good food trend as much as the next person. Some years ago when all the cool kids started drinking their cocktails out of Grandma’s jam jars, I wanted in.

Like most people I am compelled toward the novel and the next in order to keep my ever dwindling attention span stimulated. Indeed chasing after the novel or the new has been shown to provide us with an endorphin kick and the resulting potential increase in the feeling of happines. Ahh.

So I now occasionally find myself drinking out of new, old (or is it old, new) jam jars.

Then along came the craze featuring next wave doughnuts and cronuts, matcha tea and golden lattes, Kombucha and kefir, kale, coconut water and camel milk. I don’t judge. In fact I basically want in on most food fads.

But the one thing I do not love or long for is the freakshake.


The ridiculous frankenfood freakshake has not and will not pass my lips (yeah, no promises though Ok? I am a food blogger after all.)

Freakshakes take you on a very rapid tour away from mindful eating, slow food and  connection with the original food source.

I worked for many years at an eating disorders clinic and I learnt a lot about health related food issues. Food at its extreme,  with its focus on form over function can get an awfully firm grip on our psyches and cause all sorts of problems along the way.

So why not try and maintain some concept of thoughtfulness when it comes to food and eating?

In post industrial revolution Western culture we have such an abundance of food available  24/7 which sometimes creates a  Veruca Salt  style food culture.

giphy-9 I want it now.  And I can have it now.

Resulting nutritional benefits mean that our teenagers are taller and often healthier than ever before with lovely long predicted lifespans to match. But it also means that sometimes we take things too far, because we can. So sometimes we pile up 6 months worth of recommended sweet treats, and we stick them on top of a chocolate milkshake full of sugar and then we stand back to adore it. Al hail the freak shake.FullSizeRender

The sad side effect of it all is that our taste buds lose track. What was once a sweet, delicious fruit based  strawberry flavoured milk drink becomes an overly sweet syrup additive in a milkshake accompanied and drowned out by the heavy hitter; candy.

I have to admit that I do love junk food and food fads and in this post Master Chef 2011 era I have re-created TV dishes as often as the next person.

But I also try and cook and eat a lot of simple food. A carrot has its own simple, sweet, earthy flavour that can be enjoyed even without any extra bling.

So too can the milkshake, a treat in itself with its lashings of ice-cream and syrup. I don’t even mind eating pretzels, or candy or doughnuts or macaroons as pleasurable sweet punctuation points throughout.

But just don’t ask me to eat it all at once, piled and soggy on top of a drink. Then I might just lose perspective and take things to extreme and I freakin hate that.

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Pear and Chocolate-Chip Muffins Recipe

 Pear and Chocolate-Chip Muffins Recipe

This recipe is a great way to use fresh pear in your baking. Just peel and dice 1-2 fresh pears and they can go straight into the mixture. This recipe makes  a delicious after school snack or even an occasional lunch box treat and like all muffins, they are best eaten straight out of the oven.

Pear and Chocolate-Chip Muffins

Pear and Chocolate Muffins Recipe
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Recipe type: Baking
Cuisine: Australian
Serves: 12
  • 2 cups of SR Flour
  • ¾ cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of chopped, peeled pear
  • 1 egg lightly whisked
  • ¾ cup of buttermilk
  • 1 cup of melted butter
  • 1 cup of dark chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius and grease or line a 12 capacity muffin tin.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients (except the chocolate chips) together in a mixing bowl and stir until just combined.
  3. Add the cooled, melted butter and then the buttermilk and egg.
  4. Stir lightly and add in the pear and chocolate and store until just combined.
  5. Spoon into tin and bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through.
  6. Enjoy
Try and keep a light hand with the mixing.

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You can freeze these muffins or store in a sealed container in the fridge.

Enjoy your weekend and happy eating.


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The day a Bento Box saved me


directory-1161965_1920Have you ever had one of those days where everything seems to be working against you? Maybe you begin this special day by spilling a cup of coffee all over your white work shirt and then you quietly think to yourself “I hope this is not a sign of things to come.”

Then sometimes those little niggly bad days join together. They kind of all line up next to each other, one by one, a macabre set of Monday to Friday dominoes all leering at you with ugly faces. And no matter how much you keep standing tall, looking forward, walking straight, you just know that something is going to topple and ruin the whole horrible week.

Me either.


Of course I have. We all have right? (Walk away now if your answer is no, you are not welcome here today oh innocent one.)

Well I was having just exactly one of those days, weeks and months. A perfect Dani flavoured trifecta of misery was upon me.

Winter had rudely caught me in its biting, windswept stylings.

My friends had all left me, righteously busy with their own tribe and battles, leaving me lonely and a little lost.

I was busy, too busy with things that were weighing me down. The sacred white space was gone from my life leaving grey clouds of grumpiness.

On top of all this, I had something to learn. Life was trying to teach me a lesson and I was still stubbornly wrangling it (Ouch, that hurts).

But one cantankerous, gloomy Saturday afternoon, redemption arrived in the shape of a bento box.

A Chicken Terriyaki Bento Box.

I had to get out of the house but my options were limited thanks to them miserable weather. So habit reared its head and I drove to my favourite bustling Suburban cafe strip where I knew there was ice-cream and music and plenty of intriguing people watching opportunities. Walking though the swirling winter winds I could not ignore one of my favourite little Japanese restaurant and so I went in and ordered myself a Bento Box. Take away please.

When I peeled back that plastic lid, I felt it. A stir of happiness. A shiver of hope. My world that had been made small by worry had a sudden gust of soy scented smile wafted through it.

It was a good looking bento box. Rice doing that Japanese thing where it looks the same as the stuff your Mum used to boil, but instead it tastes fresh, modern and gorgeous. Just like a Kimmi Doll.bento

Red pickled ginger studded its surface. There was also chicken in various forms, a lovely salad and some sushi. All in their own little compartments. How dainty, how organized. How thoughtful. But it was just a Bento Box.

A small thing, that bento box. A very small thing. But often this is where we find the way forward. A little hope, a whisper of enjoyment, a tiny swirl of pleasure, a step in the right direction.heart-283146_1280

You see sometimes we just need to do something, anything, to lift ourselves out of the doldrums and often we need to take one little step in the right directions to start the tiny trickle that can end up as an avalanche. The Bento Box was still just a bento box, but it made me feel a little happy and that was what I needed.

How about you? Does food every cheer you up? If not, what is it that gives you that small whisper of a smile, even when your feeling dull and grey.

Happy Eating.

Dani xx



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Mexican Bean Dip with Kidney Beans

Mexican Bean Dip

This Mexican Bean Dip with Kidney Beans is another great recipe that was taught to me by my wonderful Mother-in-law.

She was a prolific cook and entertainer and loved sharing her knowledge and secrets with her family and friends. I miss talking with her about food and family and I especially miss eating out with her as her enthusiasm was almost as great as my own.

This dip with kidney beans is a great addition to any kind of mexican food but I also really love to serve it as part of a “rice bowl” meal. A rice bowl makes for a healthy and simple dinner or lunch as all it requires is a bowl or rice, a schnitzel or some marinated beef and then as many “extras” as you can muster from your fridge. I love to add left over roasted vegetables, some pickled ginger or some sauerkraut, omelette, corn, roasted eggplant and some bean dip.FullSizeRenderFullSizeRender

You can also serve it with corn chips or carrot sticks as a straight dip.

This is a really simple recipe and one that you can whip up with ingredients in your pantry.

Dip with Kidney Beans

Mexican Bean Dip
  • 250 g can of red kidney beans, drained
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • ¼ teaspoon of tabasco sauce
  • 2 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato sauce
  • juice of half a lemon
  1. Rinse the kidney beans and leave them to drain.
  2. Put all the ingredients including beans, into a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Sprinkle with freshly chopped chives to serve.

I hope that you like this recipe.

Happy Eating.


Dip with Kidney Beans

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FullSizeRenderDani B is a food writer and blogger from Melbourne. She writes about “good food for a good life.” You can find out more by going here. 

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The Yellow Deli Katoomba

The Yellow Deli Katoomba

I recently went on a mid-Winter holiday to NSW. We took a beautiful and simple drive up through the mountains to visit the Three Sisters and while we were there we stopped for lunch at The Yellow Deli in Katoomba.The Yellow Deli Katoomba

One glance through the front window of this “tree-house” cafe and we knew we wanted to eat there. So did everyone else apparently so we were invited to wait awhile propped up under a heater on one of the outdoor tables until an indoor table became available. If the swirling fog and surrounding views were not enough to keep us happy, we were also offered a warming cup of hot apple cider while we waited. After a brief and enjoyable wait we were shown to our table “I think joy for this family.”

Yes this is not your average cafe and the tables/ nooks at the Yellow Deli cafe and separated out into areas with names.

The menu consists of sandwiches (The Reuben, The Yellow Submarine), soup of the day. Salads, All day breakfast and a lovely and extensive selection of drinks, teas and smoothies. We opted for the fresh green mate latte, another hot apple cider and a mango smoothie. The mate tea was delicious and is also  reported to have a great range of health benefits.The Yellow Deli KatoombaThe Yellow Deli Katoomba

The prices at The Yellow Deli Katoomba were very reasonable and the service was zen-like calm and helpful.

It would be remiss of me not to mention that this cafe is apparently run by some kind of local commune and their story is painted in murals on the wall. I absolutely loved our visit and so did my whole family. The food was simple, homestyle fare with a healthy twist but it was very tasty. The cafe itself was an extraordinary hobbit-ish treehouse with macrame decorations, an open fire, lots of carved timber and painted murals.FullSizeRender

Visit for the warm atmosphere and hearty, healthy food and stay for the unique service.

Happy Eating.


The details

The Yellow Deli Katoomba

214 Katoomba St, Katoomba

Phone: (02) 4782 9744

The Yellow Deli Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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So, what does a food blogger really do?

So, what does a food blogger really do?

As people I know have slowly learned that I do have my own food blog, most have them have been instantly compelled to ask me the same question.

So, what exactly does a food blogger really do?

what does a food blogger really do

I guess maybe they are confused as they start to wonder, did they miss something about me? Like the fact that I am a chef of some sort who maybe did a secret double degree in Psychology and cooking while they were not noticing.

Well no I am not a chef, I am just an enthusiastic home cook who loves to make bake and create and who thinks that food is a little bit of the answer to most questions.


So what is it exactly that a food blogger does? Well there are a few “types.”

  • The rock star food blogger who gets invited to all the awesome events and turns up looking kooky or cool or glamorous or French.
  • The dedicated recipe developer who spends 85% of their life taking beautiful photos of food they just made so their legion of Pinterest followers find some inspiration and motivation for cooking at home.
  • The young, urban, cashed up uni student blogger who travels to ALL. THE. HOT. RESTAURANTS. They eat, shoot and upload non-stop, making them zoom up the Instagram or Zomato charts at record speed.
  • Then there is the food writer, who likes to read and write about food in its many guises and contexts, all the while staying a little bit engaged in food trends and a little bit engaged with tradition.

This last group is where I tend to put myself, although I do aspire at times to all the others.giphy-7

I started my own food blog because I loved writing and I love good food and joining the two together helped me to explore, discover and find connection and community. Food has had this wonderful role for many people throughout history.

So what is it exactly that I do?

I post recipes, I visit cafes and restaurants, I read about food and I write about food. I love creating new recipes as a way of expressing my creativity and this tends to happen when I am relaxed and happy.

Sometimes I get invited to eat chicken or sample cheese (living the dream right?) or attend a party with excellent wine and the more people who read about my adventures, the more invites I get.

I also write about community and friendship and I do interviews with interesting people because, well, people are interesting right? Your favourite food blogger probably has their own unique blend of what they post on their blog too. 🙂

Sometimes people send me food to try, or invite me to their restaurant to check out their menu. This makes me very happy.

what does a food blogger really do

And sometimes people even pay me to write for them or about them or I make a little bit of money when you click on one of my ads or buy something from my Amazon links.

But most of the time I just discover new places that I love all by myself and share them with my online friends in case they might like them too.200

So that is about it I think. Now you know.

What do you think? Did you know what a food blogger really did and have I made you any wiser?

Chat soon.

Dani xx

FullSizeRenderDani B is a food blogger and writer from Melbourne. She writes about good food for a good life. You can find her on Facebook or Instagram. Please stop by and say hello. 🙂

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