I have always considered myself quite a nice person. I like food of all shapes, flavours and colours. From every country and continent. I don’t discriminate, I am an equal opportunity eater. It’s only the doctors who say I’m intolerant. And certain foods who refuse to tolerate me. They certainly refuse to recognise and respect my right to eat them without major physical discomfort and distress.

Gluten and lactose are not my friends.

Despite the negative attitudes surrounding me from many of those I love best, (cakes, ice cream, hot toast) I decided to become a chef. Not always easy when you live in a bread and milk filled world. I like to think that this has helped me become a better person as I embrace my differences and refuse to let the gluten get me down. I believe InTolerance. I am the InTolerant Chef.

Food should not be about what you can’t eat, but what you can and what you enjoy eating. This blog is about my journey of cooking and eating and discovery. It’s not a definitive guide to allergy awareness nor do my intolerances make me an expert. Your body is your responsibility, not mine. I only know what works for me.

I can tell you this..... No glutens were harmed in the making of this website.

June 16, 2014

Majestic Mushrooms

Welcome to Mushroom Week at The InTolerant Chef!

I grow a lot of my own veggies, and am quite conscious of where the rest of my food comes from. I prefer to keep Food Miles to a minimum where I can, and what better way than to buy healthy, fresh mushrooms that originate from only 30-50 kms from my door

This month I'm working with Australian Mushroom Growers to help promote the benefits of the Mighty Mushroom and to buy local from our local farmers. Did you know that Canberra has two local Mushroom Farms? Canberra Mushrooms in Yass and Majestic Mushrooms in Murrumbateman both provide amazing goodies that taste great and are so good for you too. I know this because I was generously gifted a huge 4kg box of these little lovelies to play with and enjoy!

During June, Australian Mushroom Growers under the powerofmushrooms campaign will
be promoting the health benefits of mushrooms on Radio 2CC as well as running a competition for
the chance to WIN $500 to dine out on, plus a year’s supply of local mushrooms to enjoy
cooking at home. This competition will run from 9 June until 22 June 2014. To enter, listeners will
need to go to www.2cc.net.au and simply share where they buy their local mushrooms from, and
tell us in 30 words of less why they like to buy local mushrooms.
 I popped by Majestic Mushrooms stall at the Capital Region Farmers  Markets, held at Epic every Saturday morning to say hello and snap a few photos of the action

So busy, no time to stop...

So many varieties to choose from!

Decisions, decisions...

Plenty to go around, just waiting in the wings

Let's support our local producers, eat fresh and stay healthy. The best places to buy our local lovelies are:
For more information on this campaign and the wonderful health benefits of mushrooms, check out:
 Facebook: powerofmushrooms
 Twitter @Mighty_mushroom
 Instagram: powerofmushrooms
 Pinterest: powerofmushrooms
 Website www.powerofmushrooms
 Hashtag #powerofmushrooms

So Dear Readers, do you like to buy local, and do you love mushrooms as much as me? Also, stay tuned for these yummy mushroom recipes coming this week!

I'd like to thank Majestic Mushrooms for supplying me with a wonderful box of their local lovelies!



  1. Aren't we Canberrans blessed to have two mushroom farms so close to our doorstep, Bec! I love that we can buy fresh, fresh, fresh mushrooms!

  2. delicious mushrooms makes me feel happier about not being able to have tomato or much egg with my bacon, when I have the treat breakfast.

    1. Bacon and mushrooms are such a perfect match Isa! :)

  3. We love mushrooms and probably eat them in some way several times a week. Nothing matches that great flavour.

    1. You must be very happy and healthy indeed Maureen! :)

  4. I wish I could grow my own mushrooms! I buy local produce as much as possible :)

    1. I've grown shiitake and oyster mushrooms on logs, and I'm sure I could find some exotic ones growing in the teenagers bedrooms attatched to their sports wear if I looked hard enough Tandy :)

  5. They all look so nice and clean! Mushrooms are such interesting species! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Julie, they were gorgeous specimens to be sure- and delicious! :)

  6. We love mushrooms in this household too! And we do try and buy local as much as possible. Sometimes you don't really know where produce at the market is from though.

    1. It certainly can be tricky Lorraine, that's why this buy local campaign is so handy. I didn't know we had two great suppliers just down the road at all x

  7. I do try to buy locally. And I do love mushrooms. It's great that Canberra has local mushroom farmers. How lovely to receive a box of beautiful mushrooms xx

    1. So exciting indeed Charlie, and soooo much better than a box of chocolates! :) x