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We are still enjoying a steady supply of mushrooms from our Mushroom Growing Kit, and as promised this week we have one of our favourite yummy mushroom recipes for you.  My children love this recipe, which is always a good sign, and it’s ready in around 20 minutes!

Garlic & Mushroom Pasta

Ingredients

Knob of butter
1½lb mushrooms, thickly sliced
1 medium onion peeled and chopped finely
350g pasta
Dash of lemon juice
3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
Salt and black pepper
Fresh cream
Grated parmesan cheese

Method

1. Melt the butter in a pan, add the onions and cook until soft.

2. Add the mushrooms, cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Meanwhile bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, add the pasta and cook for 10-12 minutes.

3. To the pan of mushrooms and onions, add the lemon juice and garlic, cover and cook for a further 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the parsley, salt and pepper and mix well. Add around 5 tablespoons of cream and heat through.

4. Drain the pasta well and toss in the sauce. Add more cream if necessary.  Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese on the top and serve.

For a healthier option try substituting some of the cream for creme fraiche.  This dish is nice with a side dish of crispy salad leaves.

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If you follow our blog regularly you will know that we received our lovely Mushroom Growing Kit a few weeks ago.  We were very excited and took it straight home to get started.  The kit includes full, easy to follow instructions along with everything you need to get a good crop of mushrooms!

First we took the casing soil, placed it in a bucket and added some tap water.  We then covered it in some foil and left it for 24 hours.

Next we opened the growing kit which was full of mushroom spores.  We gently spread the moist casing soil evenly over the top of the kit. 

We then sprayed the soil with a hand spray everyday to keep it nice and moist.  We kept the kit closed in between times to keep the atmosphere inside damp. 

Very soon the compost became covered with small white dots – the beginnings of our mushrooms!

We kept spraying the soil to keep it moist and on day 7 we installed the water reservoir (included in the kit).

After around 3 and a half weeks our mushrooms were big enough to start picking.  It is best to pick them when they are around 3-5cm in size.  We have a steady stream still coming and pick a handful every few days! 

The kit has been fantastic fun for the family ..the children’s expectation and excitement making it so much fun …And as the mushrooms literally double in size some nights, we now understand where the description of something having mushroomed, comes from!!

 To buy your own Mushroom Growing Kit click HERE.  …And visit the blog next week for our favourite mushroom recipe!

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Mushroom Growing Kit arrived on my desk a couple of weeks ago, with a little note from Sylvia to give it a whirl.  I was full of excited expectation as I have very clear memories of having a similar kit as a child. 

 

My mum helped me to set it up and then each day I would check it to see if the mushrooms had started to grow.  After a week or so little white specks began to appear on the soil and I still remember my complete amazement as these perfectly white wonders seemed to literally grow before my very eyes.  …And once they started there was no stopping them – a fantastic childhood memory!

So equiped with my kit I set off home and over the last week or so the children and I have had a fun new indoor growing project to do.  We’ve been taking photos along the way and the results look like they are going to be every bit as good as I’d hoped.  Check back next week for the full story with pictures, and some tasty mushroom recipe ideas.

In the meantime check out the Mushroom Growing Kits we have available to buy.  We have sourced these kits very carefully for freshness and for the high quality of the growing medium and the spores.  They are excellent quality and by following the simple instructions you will get some great results.  ….And unlike in my childhood there are White Shiitake or Brown Button Mushrooms to choose from!

Delicious Shiitake Mushrooms available from http://www.recycleworks.co.uk

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