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Stuffed Black Mushrooms
This is a great appetizer recipe or you could make it as a light meal with salad and crusty bread or for a delicious lunch. I love portabella mushrooms but could not get any the other night when I made these so I used large brown and served 2 per person. If you would like to see other photos of this recipe or read other reviews please click here.


6 Large portabella mushrooms
1 Medium onion, minced
1 Garlic clove, crushed
Olive oil (for frying)
1/2 Cup breadcrumbs
1/2 Cup white wine (or pale sherry )
1/2 Cup grated parmesan cheese or pecorino cheese
Chopped fresh parsley
4-8 Tablespoons melted butter
3 Finely chopped fresh sage leaves
Dried rosemary
Salt and black pepper


1. Remove the stalks from the mushrooms and chop.

2. Sautee the onion, garlic and chopped mushroom stalks in olive oil until the onion is soft, then remove from the heat.

3. Mix the breadcrumbs, parsley, herbs and cheese together.

4. Add the wine and melted butter to the saucepan, then add the dry ingredients.

5. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

6. Lay the mushrooms on a greased baking sheet and mould a large spoonful of the mixture into each one.

7. Bake at 180C/350F for 20 mins, until the stuffing starts to turn golden.

8. Serve on a crouton of fried bread (ideal for not wasting the delicious juices), or on a bed of mixed leaves (rocket works well), or both.

All photos taken by me unless otherwise stated.

Mou Shu Chicken Wraps
This is a makes for a great, mid week after work fast meal, served with a salad or for a lunch. I used a whole BBQ chicken rather than cooking up breasts to make for an even quicker prep time. If you would like to view the original recipe please click here.


1 Tablespoon sesame oil
8 Ounces boneless chicken breasts, sliced in strips
Pepper (optional)
1/2 Teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
1 1/2 Teaspoons minced garlic (optional)
1/4 Cup hoisin sauce (as much as you like, recipe calls for 1/3 cup)
1/4 Teaspoon ground ginger (can use 1 to 2 tablespoon fresh)
3 Tablespoons white wine
1 Teaspoon sugar
3 Cups coleslaw mix (may use 3 cups shredded cabbage)
1 Cup carrot, cut in matchstick size
Flour, tortillas. warmed


1. In a 10 inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.

2. Pepper chicken and put chicken in skillet and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink in center.

3. About 2 minutes before chicken is done, if using, add red pepper flakes and garlic.

4. Stir in hoisin sauce, ginger, wine, sugar, coleslaw mix and carrots. Cook 4 to 6 minutes, stirring constantly, until vegetables are crisp tender.

5. Warm tortilla as directed on package.

6. Place a portion of chicken mixture on each tortilla, roll tortilla around filling.

7. If desired, you can serve with plum sauce or other sauce of your choosing.

All photos taken by me unless otherwise stated.