Monday, 15 February 2016

In praise of mushrooms (not perhaps what you are thinking)

I am trying to reduce my consumption of meat. This was never huge, and indeed I was a vegetarian for most of my 20s. Now I am becoming conscious again of the amount of land we need to produce beef, and how many drugs I consume (antibiotics especially) via the meat at my table. I have also discovered that my stomach doesn't like processing beef any more, so I eat it at the peril of indigestion and sleepless nights.

So, it is chicken, fish and occasionally lamb for me (I don't eat pork).

Oh, and mushrooms! How I wish I lived close to a Russian forest or two, so I could forage for the fantastical and epicurian. Meanwhile, I am enjoying experimenting with this alternative form of protein. Here is today's lunch dish (served to friends). It comprises pasta, pesto, mushies, onions, runner beans from the garden and toasted pumpkin seeds. No recipe - just went for it!


  1. That looks absolutely delicious, wow! Enjoy :)
    I'm not currently a vegetarian, but I have a feeling that I'll get there...

    1. I think I would be a vegetarian overnight if chicken and fish suddenly became vegetables!

  2. What a marvelous looking entree! I am a lover of mushrooms as well (and pumpkin seeds) so I could chow down on this feast in a bowl!