Wild Mushroom Macaroni Cheese (4)

Macaroni Cheese is great comfort food even if it usually blows the diet.  The basic recipe can sometimes  benefit from enhancement. This is my slightly  simplified version of a recipe by Jimmy Garcia aka  ” London’s Pop Up King”. Who would have thought this would be back on restaurant menus!

Oyster mushrooms, or other mushrooms can be used instead of wild mushrooms if preferred.

Croustade of Mushrooms (4)

This is an another old favourite from ” Not just a Load of Old Lentils” by Rose Elliot. There are various versions of this dish on the internet( and indeed Rose herself later updated the recipe to what is probably a healthier version) but this remains my preferred version. I use ready made bechamel sauce mostly these days but you can make it from scratch if preferred- its not tricky, im just a lazy cook at times. I also make the croustade in a food processor rather than the old ” rubbing in ” method.  You can use any mushrooms but i prefer chestnut or portabello as they have a good flavour. You could also add in a few wild mushrooms if available at a good price.The dish can also be made with leeks or courgettes. I think this  tastes even better the next day if there are any leftovers.

Mushroom Timbale (6)

When i was a student almost 40 years ago there were very few  vegetarian cookbooks around. In the UK the standard was Rose Elliots ” Not just a Load of Old Lentils” published in 1972- I still have my battered and coverless copy. This was a dish for highdays and holidays, including  Christmas Dinner.

Nigel Slater’s Mushroom and Spinach Korma (2-3)

50g butter 2 cinnamon sticks
2 medium onions, peeled & sliced 2 bay leaves
3 large cloves garlic, peeled & thinly sliced 650g assorted mushrooms
1 knob ginger, peeled and grated 350g spinach
1 tsp ground cumin 50 g shelled hazlenuts, toasted
15 cardamon pods, seeds removed and crushed 50g golden sultanas
½ tsp ground turmeric 150g thick natural yoghurt
½ tsp chilli powder 150g crème fraiche
2 tbsps chopped coriander leaves.


  1. Melt the butter in a deep pan. Add the onions, garlic and ginger and cook for 5 minutes until golden but without burning the butter.
  2. Add the spices and bay leaves and cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes more.
  3. Cut the larger mushrooms into big pieces but leave oyster mushrooms whole. Add mushrooms to pan and cook for a few minutes until they soften.
  4. Add 225 ml of water and the nuts. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.
  5. Wash the spinach and put in a separate saucepan to cook in its own steam. Cook for 2 minutes until wilted. Drain and squeeze out the water.
  6. Stir the spinach and sultanas into the curry and simmer for 2 minutes.
  7. Mix the yoghurt and crème fraiche together and stir into the mushrooms, bringing them almost to the boil.
  8. Season to taste then stir in the chopped coriander and serve.

Mushrooms on Toast (2)

One of my favourite quick breakfasts at weekends.








350g mixed mushrooms, wild, chestnut or button Juice of ½ lemon
50g butter Handful of finely chopped flat leaf parsley
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped Hot buttered toast to serve
100 ml double cream Sea salt and black pepper


  1. Wipe the mushrooms damp kitchen paper and slice.
  2. Heat the butter in a heavy non -stick frying pan until sizzling .
  3. Add the mushrooms and sauté on a high heat. After about 10 minutes add the garlic and sauté for a few more minutes, then add the cream.
  4. Season with the lemon juice, salt and pepper, then add the parsley. Bubble together for a minute to let the flavours blend.
  5. Serve on hot buttered toast.