Garlic Mushrooms on Toast


Frugal Jumbo Garlic Mushrooms on Toast.

I popped round to my local supermarket last night as I needed to pick up some cat food, and whilst I was in there I spied some Jumbo Mushrooms reduced to 5p per packet, an absolute bargin! I bought 2 packs.. so on the way home I had plans whizzing round in my head of everything I could make with them…¬† Garlic Mushrooms on toast…. Cream of Mushroom Soup…. and a mushroom pilaf… yumm..

So.. today I have already made lunch (above) the Cream of Mushroom soup is on the cooker bubbling away as I type this and as for the mushroom pilaf, that will be made tomorrow ūüôā

For the Garlic Butter I used :

  • Lightly Salted butter softened (at room temp)
  • 2 cloves of Garlic, finely chopped
  • about a teaspoon of dried oregano
  • Mix all the above until combined well
  • Turn the mushrooms upside down and Spread the butter all over
  • Place in an ovenware dish and bake in the oven at 180 degrees C for 15 minutes
  • Place a couple of slices of bread in the toaster
  • When the mushrooms and toast are cooked, place the toast on a plate, pour the excess garlic butter from the dish all over the toast, then place a mushroom on each slice and enjoy with a cup of hot tea


Bolteus Fungi Infected with Mould

Bolteus Fungi Infected with Mould

Originally uploaded by T o w n i e

Photograph submitted to my Flickr group 7 Days of Shooting – Its Week #36 and the theme this week is Food.

This photograph represents todays topic which is worn and weathered wednesday.

I came across this whilst walking in the woods at the back of the house I think it is some kind of Bolteus Fungi, infected with mould.

We’ve had a Busy Saturday!

I got up this morning and compiled a list of all the jobs that we needed to attend to today, it mounted to a fair few!

First job on the list was to head off round to the local pet shop and bought sawdust, straw, hay, Dog & Cat food and cat litter.

Once I came home, I headed up to the top of¬†the garden, where the rabbits reside and set about cleaning them out.. first to get her hutch spruced up was tweed our little grey netherland dwarf rabbit, she’s a lovely wee thing, she’s got a great personality, and she is cheeky!¬†¬† She likes nothing better than to grunt at you for the inconvenience of having to move whilst you clean her hutch out, and if she isnt grunting, she is trying to box you with her front paws lol.¬†¬† We got tweed as a wee rescue bunny from the New Ark Aminal Rescue Centre in Ellon, Aberdeenshire.

Next to get cleaned out was Harry, we got him¬†from the New Ark, at the same time as Tweed.¬†¬†¬†¬† Harry is a bit like a dutch rabbit, he’s a light browney colour with the white banding across his shoulders.¬†¬† He is an absolute gentleman and very calm and placid.

Once I had finished cleaning them out, they both got a wee cuddle, fresh food, water, fresh carrots and cabbage leaves.

Next job on the agenda was the chickens.¬†¬† I set about cleaning out the Eglu, I let the girls out for a wander round the garden whilst I was doing it.¬†¬† Eglu’s are soooo easy to clean out, so it took me no time at all… fresh wood shavings, assembled the eglu, topped up their glug and grub bowls… all done.

Next was the cat litter trays, we have one indooors and one in Jerry’s shed/Run.

After all that I got cleaned up and headed out to see Nancy at the Farm Shop with my daughter.   This week we bought..




Red Peppers

Spring Onions






Red Grapes



and this gorgeous looking wee Courgette (my impulse buy! lol)


After the farm shop, we had an appointment at the beauticians to get our eyebrows waxed, then it was into the car and driving back home.

When we arrived back home, I put away all the veggies/fruit and started to make the tea.. homemade lasagne from scratch :o) and boy was it good (yum) and because I made a huge big dish of it there is enough left for tomorrow too… you just cant beat second day lasagne.

Frosty Mushrooms

Frosty Mushrooms

Originally uploaded by Towniesmallholder

Brrrrrr…… its rather chilly here this morning, its almost lunchtime and its minus 1 outside. Taking advantage that the ground is frozen I ventured up to the back of the garden (its usually like a muddy quagmire) and found these wee fungi/mushrooms growing up in my woodland corner.

I’m away to try dig my books out and try to get some identification on them, I reckon they are inkcaps of some sort but will confirm this later.

Spiced Coconut Mushrooms




Serves 4

30ml / 2 tablespoons groundnut oil

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 fresh red chillies, seeded and sliced into rings

3 shallots, finely chopped

225g / 8oz/ 3 cups  brown-cap mushrooms, thickly sliced

150ml / quarter pint  / 2/3rds cup coconut milk

30ml / 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander (cilantro)

salt and black pepper.


1. Heat a karahi, wok or shallow pan until hot, add the oil and swirl it round.   Add the garlic and chillies, then stir fry for a few seconds.

2. Add the shallots and stir-fry them for 2-3 minutes until softened.   Add the mushrooms and stir-fry for 3 minutes.

3. Pour in the coconut milk and bring to the boil.   Boil rapidly over a high heat until the liquid has reduced by about half and coats the mushrooms.   Season to taste with salt and pepper.

4. Sprinkle over the chopped coriander and toss the mushroms gently to mix.   Serve at once.

Nutritional Notes ~ per portion

Energy……….67 Kcals/280KJ


Saturated Fat……1.2g



NOTE: this recipe is extracted from a briliant book that I have, whereby all the recipes that I have tried and tested so far have been excellent so I thought I’d give it a mention.


Tomato Salsa



This is fab for when you have friends round, it is lovely my family love it!

I use it for the following…

As a dip for tortilla chips/crisps

As a salsa topping on chicken fajitas

As a base for Pizza

As a base spread on flour tortillas when making quesedillas, just add chopped spring onions and a good cheddar cheese, stick another tortilla on top and bake then when done cut into 4.

and finally I put a dollop of it on top of melted cheese covered cheese doritos,  with a dollop of soured cream and chopped fresh spring onions.


2 teaspoons Olive Oil

1/4 Green Chilli, sliced finely

1/2 Onion, peeled and chopped

1/4 small Green Pepper, de-seeded and diced

1 small clove garlic

2.5ml 1/2 tsp red wine vinegar

1 x 200g / 7oz can chopped tomatoes

Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper

2 teaspoons fresh chopped parsley.


Heat the oil and fry the chilli, onion, pepper and garlic for about 5 mins

Add the red wine vinegar and cook for about 20 seconds.

Add the chopped tomatoes, sat and pepper and parsley and simmer, uncovered, for about 15 minutes.

Allow to cool then refridgerate.

Mushroom Hunt ~ Lycoperdon perlatum .. Common Puffball

Common Puffball Mushroom

Originally uploaded by Towniesmallholder

My daughter and I went for a walk up through our woods, armed with my camera and our Springer Spaniel pup.

Round about this time last year there were an abundance of mushrooms and fungi, so we thought we would try and see what we could find.

Now its been quite good weather of late and we have not had much rain, and there was hardly anything to photograph at all, we were kinda disappointed, we did however manage to spot this gorgeous looking wee Common Puffball, its absolutely stunning!

We will head back up the woods next weekend and see if any more have appeared.