Fancy a tasty supper? Our herby mushrooms on toast is just the ticket after a long day and very little energy left to do much bar eat.
1 slice of wholemeal bread
150g mushrooms (optional: peeled and sliced)
1 spring onion, roots and top chopped off and then finely chopped
1 tsp of flour (any kind)
250g of milk (any kind)
1 tsp of dried basil
salt and pepper for seasoning
- Put the slice of bread to toast.
- Put the chopped spring onion in a frying pan and add a dash of water. Cook for about 5 minutes, until it softens.
- Add the mushrooms and cook upon soft. You may need to add a little warm water to prevent the ingredients from sticking to the frying pan.
- Next add the flour and cook until the flour has coated the onion and mushrooms.
- Add the milk and stir. The mixture will start to thicken. At a slightly thicker consistency than soup, add the dried basil and cook for a minute. Seaon with salt and pepper.
- Serve atop the toasted bread.
Dawn: What you’re making is, in essence, a creamy sauce and you can add a teaspoon of fresh cream or low fat natural yoghurt for a super indulgent taste.
Andrew: A simple and quick supper for people with little time to spare. Or a filling breakfast.
Dawn: Exactly and the beauty of using mushrooms as oppose to another vegetable is that they are high in nutrients including vitamin D which in winter we don’t tend to get a lot of due to the lack of sunlight we experience in the UK. And we all know that vitamin D is very important for our bones.
Andrew: That’s true. Do you know that mushrooms are classed as neither vegetables or fruits?
Dawn: No, Andrew. Another fascinating fact there. Oh, I will add that mushrooms don’t have to be washed before cooking – just remove any compost with a wipe of kitchen roll. I do confess to always peeling and washing mine beforehand, though.
Andrew: I’d start by making a roux which is equal quantities of melted butter with flour slowly added to it to create a thick paste. Then I’d add the milk, stirring it until it thickens, adding the mushrooms and herbs to cook in the sauce.
Dawn: Yes, Andrew, that’s an alternative method of cooking the same dish – readers have the option to choose either method and that’s excellent. So, without further a-do: enjoy your supper!
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