A good summary

by Mushroom Enthusiast on 7 March 2014

in General,Health

Sometimes when I am being carried along in the great flood of information that is an everyday part of our world, I come across some little gems of information. Quite often the information that I value has to do with health or food. The following infographic happily brings together the two elements of health and food (and it just so happens to cover a favourite food – mushrooms).

Have a read and let me know what you think.



One of the reasons I love Summer Mushrooms

by Mushroom Enthusiast on 15 November 2013

in Bloggers,Summer Mushrooms

I love summer – the weather, the beach, time with friends, good fun and good food.


When it comes to Summer Mushrooms, what I love is the great food in keeping with the season. I also really enjoy working with some of Australian’s best known food bloggers. They are a creative bunch that really enjoy what they do.

Today I saw a fantastic Summer Mushroom post from Delicieux. What made it so great was that the recipe just leapt off the page; I was hungry and I wanted it now. What was it? Well it was Mushroom, Lemon and Lentil Salad.

While this may look like a decidedly winter dish, the sharp brightness and freshness of lemon really brings this Mushroom, Lemon and Lentil Salad into summer. It’s a healthy, light and easy salad that is perfect to bring along to your next bbq or summer picnic.


When you buy your mushrooms to whip up this great salad, don’t forget to keep your receipt. Head on over to our Summer Mushrooms competition; fill in the entry details and you could be in the running for some great travel prizes. It’s that easy and a great way to make mushrooms your passport to good health and great holidays….


Summer Mushrooms – your passport to good health

by Mushroom Enthusiast on 11 November 2013

in Summer Mushrooms

It might be dreary and raining where I live, but the one thing that is brightening up the gloom is that today marks the start of Summer Mushrooms.

Tahiti looks nice

  • We have our great recipe ideas to inspire and satisfy;
  • We have some of Australia’s best known food bloggers giving us their take on summer mushroom recipes;
  • And we have a great travel competition that could mean mushrooms are your passport to good health this summer.

So, check out what we are up to. And don’t forget to hold that shopping docket when you buy your mushrooms and enter to WIN.

Now if we could just do something about the weather……


It’s Movember and no doubt we should all brace ourselves for the sudden outbreak of additional facial hair among the male of the species. Now while we can all have a chuckle over the sometimes comical change of appearance, it does serve as a great reminder to turn our attention to men’s health.Mighty with moustache 2

Quite often our men can be on the stoic side and pay only cursory attention to their wellbeing, so now is the time….

Did you know that every year 22,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed in Australia? Sadly close to 3,300 Australian men will die of prostate cancer, which is equal to the number of women that die annually from breast cancer. Thankfully early detection and treatment now offers a “cure” for prostate cancer.

And over here at mushrooms, we are doing our bit for men with research finding out more about the potential of mushrooms to assist in the prevention of prostate cancer.

The unique nature of mushrooms makes them a great food to maintain overall good health as they are nutrient rich, have low energy density, are high in bioactive compounds and have a positive immune effect. More specifically in terms of cancer prevention, mushrooms contain compounds that suppress the enzyme that is thought to play a role in the development of prostate cancer.

So there you have it. Mushrooms are not only a great tasting addition to the daily meal, but they are also a healthy addition for blokes everywhere.

If you would like to know more about mushroom nutrition please check out our Fact Sheets HERE.

If you would like to inspire your moustache wearing BBQ genius to throw a few more mushrooms on the BBQ over summer, then check out some of our delicious recipe suggestions.


Janelle Bloom 3Janelle Bloom is one of this country’s most-loved TV chefs & food writers. She believes good cooking begins with confidence and a little patience. Her recipes are foolproof, easy-to-follow and use seasonal ingredients that are readily available. What’s more, each one has to taste every bit as good as it looks. Janelle is one of the original chefs who inspire viewers every day on the high-rating Network 10/Southern Star production of READY STEADY COOK, now in its ninth year on air. Janelle has contributed to a many publications as a food editor, writer and food stylist for over 20 years and worked closely with Australian Mushroom Growers for 17 years as recipe writer, stylist and presenter. We took the time to ask a few questions to find out her views on food…

Where did your passion for food begin?

Growing up our lives revolved around food, I guess that’s how it all started.

What is the first thing you remember cooking?

It would have to be cherry cream cheese strudel, I remember brushing the melted ghee over the layers of homemade filo with my nan.

Complete this sentence.  Mushrooms are an amazing versatile ingredient and should be on everyones weekly shopping list

What is your signature dish?

It has to be my brownies. Everyone says they are the best they ever tasted.

Can you share one helpful cooking tip?

Try to use as many fresh ingredients in your cooking as you possibly can. Fresh is way better than opening cans, packets.

What’s your most treasured kitchen gadget?

My japanese cooks knife, everyone needs at least 1 good knife, its makes preparation that much easier.

Six ingredients we should all have in our kitchen?

Olive oil-regular & extra virgin olive oil; Butter; fresh herbs growing either in pots or in the garden; olives; fresh flat mushrooms; eggs.  

Name the secret place you like to dine out.

The boat house at palm Beach. The food, service and view are all equally outstanding, I love this place.

Where is your favourite foodie place to shop for ingredients?

I go to my local butcher for meat; green grocer for fresh produce & supermarket for general shopping. I do love the farmers market at Warriewood and Frenchs Forest.

One thing you can share with us that we don’t already know?

I am pretty shy. Thou my job keeps me in the public eye, that’s not really who I am personally. I prefer to stay in, have friends around and just stay local.

What part does health play in your recipes?

My food isn’t ‘healthy’ as classified by the health experts; my philosophy has always been the same-eat fresh, keep meal sizes small; reduce the amount preservatives & additives you eat and exercise every day. Food has to taste great and look great, if it doesn’t then what’s the point!

What cultural traditions influence your style of cooking?

Only from my travels around the world. I have been lucky enough to visit many places, and I always go to classes or local homes to learn about the cuisine and cooking techniques, then come back home & pass them on through my television or radio programs or recipes.

Favourite travel destination & why?

It has to be the south of France; after just coming back from there I am in foodie heaven. I recommend it to anyone who loves food. And if you get there the Paul Bocuse market in Lyon must be a full days destination.

What would you say your overall cooking style is?

Everyday for all. I don’t pigeon hole my food, I think its suits all.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Chocolate and pink lady apples, ok and Kensington Pride Mangoes, oh yes I love hot chips and potato scallops too.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, what does this mean to you?

Well its personal, my younger sister had aggressive breast cancer a number of years ago and all I remember is not being able to breath when I found out. Almost everyone on earth knows someone that has been hit by this terrible disease and a month that’s dedicated to raise awareness & funds is vital in the search for a cure. I am a huge supporter in doing whatever I can to find a cure and am very thankful the Australian Mushroom Growers support this cause.


Beat vitamin D deficiency with mushrooms

September 6, 2013

Well, it has certainly been an exciting week for all those mushroom lovers out there, with research showing that mushrooms are able to make enough vitamin D for the average person’s daily needs. The research, which was conducted in Sydney through Applied Horticultural Research, tested the simple process of placing mushrooms out in the sun, […]

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A mushroom minute with one of Australia’s best-loved TV chefs and food authors, Fast Ed Halmagyi

August 28, 2013

Fast Ed Halmagyi is one of Australia’s best-loved TV chefs and food authors, entertaining and informing Australians with achievable, time-conscious, family-friendly cooking. For ten years Ed has appeared on television and radio, in newspapers, magazines and books. He is also one of our favourite mushroom lovers, so we asked him a few quick questions to […]

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A mushroom minute with Chef, author and media presenter, Dominique Rizzo

July 26, 2013

Chef, author and media presenter, Dominique Rizzo is one busy lady, with a real love of cooking. Dominique describes her cooking style as “whole food with a Gutsy Mediterranean and world food theme, where bites grab you by the collar and shake you around”. With that in mind we thought we would ask her a […]

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Time to get stuffing

December 10, 2012

Someone once said “Life is too short to stuff a mushroom”. I would hazard a guess that this someone never ripped into a few delicious Christmas Stuffed Mushrooms, otherwise they would have no doubt changed their mind fairly quickly. With Summer Mushrooms now in full swing there has never been a better time to be […]

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Summer Mushrooms – Be a Little Bit Different

November 26, 2012

OK, so we are a few days early with summer, but when you are about to start Summer Mushrooms, it is good to get started. So, what is Summer Mushrooms I hear you ask? Good question! No, the mushrooms are no different, they are just as tasty and nutritious as always. What is changing with […]

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