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My favourite mushrooms

I love mushrooms especially shiitake, oyster, enoki, wood ear and where I come from (Singapore) they are commonplace, you find them everywhere at the supermarkets and wet markets.   Here in Australia where I am they are  hard to find and are considered gourmet and exotic  and quite pricey.    Nevertheless, I was delighted when I saw them at the local farmers market (Noosa) recently and as you can see from the photos above, I have been buying them and using them in some of my favourite recipes.

Have you eaten wood ear?  It is nourishing food, full of protein, iron and vitamins.  It is known for preventing various forms of bleeding.  On its own, they do not have much of a taste but will take on the flavour of the other ingredients.  If you are able to get hold of some, give it a try.  My mum always use them in Asian dishes like braised vegetable stew or Sichuan hot and sour soup.  In Asian stores you can find the dried variety.

Fresh shiitake mushrooms are full of flavour and are an excellent source of selenium.  They are known for their many healing properties.

I will be posting the recipes for mushroom rissotto, creamy mushroom soup, sauteed mushrooms, homemade quark and sourdough bread in my future posts.

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