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.

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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 www.dancingthroughsunday.com.au.

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5. Vegetarian Sausage Rolls made by Tara at www.vegetaraian.com.mushroomrolls

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

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7. Porcini and Chicken Soup from Eat My Street.

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

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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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6 thoughts on “Fungus, the third food kingdom and 9 great mushroom recipes.

  1. Bill Granger has the best ever breakfast mushroom recipe in his ‘Bill’s Food’ cookbook. Done with lemon rind, balsamic vinegar, tarragon, olive oil and butter, served on top of sour dough with goats cheese! So good! My husband grew up foraging for mushrooms and once made an asian mushroom soup from mushrooms collected from under my clothes line! I admit, I was a bit scared we would all be found dead in like a month’s time when people noticed we hadn’t been to school or work, but I live to tell the tale!

    1. That is hilarious Collette! You are brave to eat the soup. What we really wanted to do was go wild foraging. Maybe we will do that next time. I love your mushroom recipe (or Bill’s), it sounds like a perfect combination of flavours.

  2. Mushrooms in risotto with onion, sun dried tomatoes, peas or asparagus and some green leaves at the last minute is my go to mushy recipe. Black pepper and Parmesan to top it off. I love it, but my eldest son recently confessed to picking the mushrooms out and hiding them under the lip of the table! When he was “little” of course.

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