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 24, 2014

Savoury Mushroom Custard Cups



It's cold outside

Very, very cold. The rain is pelting and snow is falling on the mountains, so with a severe weather warning for our district I'm definitely hunkering down inside for the foreseeable future

Staying indoors means I'm not getting any sun (not that it's shining anyway!) and that means my Vitamin D levels aren't getting the top up they need to keep me as healthy and happy as I should be

Did you know that mushrooms are an important source of Vitamin D, and that they can soak up even more by exposure to sunlight or other UV lighting? I figured I need all the help I can get so I decided to set some of my Mushroom Bounty out in the sun over the weekend before it disappeared behind the sleet. Now I don't know if this trick works on already harvested mushrooms, but I figured it was worth a go, right? **Update- Yes, it really does work!**

To check out the health benefits of mushrooms and how they can naturally boost your levels of Vitamin D, check out Here to find out more about the Mighty Power of Mushrooms 


Soaking up some rays!



For me?



Full of Vitamin D, can you tell the difference? :)


Now that the Mushrooms have absorbed all that healthy Vitamin D, it's my turn- what better way than to bake them up into a yummy lunch that will warm me up and make me healthy too!



Savoury Baked Mushroom Custard Cups



1 cup lactose free Cream
1 cup lactose free Milk
6 Eggs
6 Mushrooms
3 slices gluten free Bread
3 slices Bacon
1/2 cup lactose free Cheese- I used Goat Cheese as I can tolerate it
1 clove Garlic
Drizzle of Oil
Seasoning


Pop the mushrooms, bacon and bread on a baking tray




Grate over the garlic, then drizzle with the oil




Bake for 15 minutes or until it's all nicely crispy and crunchy



A few extra yummies




Combine the eggs, cream, milk and seasonings. Beat together until combined well




Divvy up the cheese and the crispy, baked goodies into some ramekins



Fill up with the eggy mix. Let them sit for 15minutes or so, then top them up again




Bake at 160*C in a water bath for about 45mins to an hour, or until the tops are set and the custard has just a little wobble in the middle. It will take a little longer than you'd expect because of the fillings




Slightly puffed and pretty




You can eat these piping hot from the oven right away, or leave them to set for about 20 minutes when you can turn them out and they should be able to hold their own weight




I personally think these little lovelies look much prettier turned upside down with their pale underbelly showing. They have been exposed to the sunlight, but there's not much of a tan-line showing here :)




Chock full of goodies and healthy Vitamin D. In this case I definitely think Vitamin D stands for Delicious!




Don't forget that Buying Local is Best, and I would like to thank Australian Mushroom Growers Buy Local Campaign and Majestic Mushrooms of Murrumbateman for providing me with such lovely local specimens

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 think you get enough Vitamin D, and how's the weather at your place today?




26 comments:

  1. It's colder in Sydney today thanks to air passing over the snow to get here. I'm definitely D deficient (wasn't before my gallbladder went evol) so I try to remember food as well as supplements for it. I never seem to keep my mushies long enough to put in the sun for the extra D, though I know about it.

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    1. I wonder what it is about the gallbladder that would change that Ista, isn't it funny how everything's linked! I can't have too much citrus since I had mine taken out :)

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  2. Cold is an understatement..... it's minus 5.2 right now Bec. Would you please make one of these for me and deliver? Thank you kindly, love your work xoxo

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    1. Sorry Liz, it's definitley waaaay too cold out- you'll have to take a rain check (or is that snow check?) :)

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  3. The great thing is that the "trick" does indeed work on the mushrooms you put out in the sun. Just one hour and they are loaded with enough vitamin D for your daily requirements. How good is that? Go the #powerofmushrooms

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    1. Fantastic! Great to know, I'll definitely be doing this every time from now on! :)

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  4. Here I am whimpering over the cold and I can't even imagine how cold you guys in Canberra are! Brrr! But this looks divine Rebecca :D

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    1. Last time I was in Sydney it was a sunny 23*, and locals were wearing parkas and beanies Lorraine! It's all what you're used too I guess- and lucky us are used to central heating :) xox

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    1. Thanks Gary! I love trying out new ideas for ingredients :)

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  6. I had no idea they could pump up the goodness by sitting in the sun. I suppose I can do that so why shouldn't a mushie?

    Your custard cups are over the top. I love them and now it's what I want for lunch.

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    1. Good point Maureen- in that case my cat should never be deficient with all the time she spends basking in the sun! I wish I could post one up to you, but I don't think Australia Post would approve :)

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  7. Another great mushroom recipe! How creative! Never thought you can do this much of mushrooms. Great job!

    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

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    1. Thanks Julie! I love playing around with food and developing recipes to keep flavours fresh on the palate :)

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  8. It's so cold in Sydney and I whinge and complain all the time - then I see the weather report of what's going on in the ACT! The weather really has turned absolutely icy cold. I love these mushroom ramekins. What a great recipe and I'm so please you can tolerate goat's cheese - that would be a great addition to these tasty custard cups xx

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    1. We sure have had some miserable weather Charlie, but then we get Diamond Days after a heavy frost, where the air just sparkles and everything is just so clear. It makes it all worthwhile :)

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  9. Yum, what a fabio recipe, could go one right now. Ah yes, it is beyond cold here at the moment, the 17 layers I am wearing just doesn't seem to cut it either. Sigh! Def don't get enough Vit D, need to fix that. Happy Thursday to you, enjoy the rest of the week, stay warm. :)

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    1. Thanks Anna, I have a million layers on too :) I think need to keep up my vitamin D by eating more of these mushrooms and by following my cat around as she knows all the best places to soak up the sun :)

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  10. Thats an amazing trick with the mushrooms. they are an incredible vegie aren't they?. Your custard look darn good upside down or right way up.

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    1. Thanks Tania! Mushrooms really are a super food indeed :) xox

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  11. get out of town...really?! Pop them in the sun for extra D goodness? That's rather awesome I think.

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    1. It's amazing, isn't it Brydie! So easy too :)

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  12. Great recipe, I'm so glad I saw this because I actually bought a huge amount of mushrooms over the weekend from my farmers markets. I went way overboard and was wondering how to use them all! I'll definitely give this recipe a go!

    Krissie x - http://pearlsofstyle.blogspot.com.au

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    1. Thanks Krissie! Don't forget to supercharge them with sunshine first though :)

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  13. Love mushrooms, will make this see if the family likes it

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    1. THanks SImcha, I hope they like it too! Let me know what they think xox

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