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Preserved Mushrooms in Oil

Preserved Mushrooms In Oil


500g White Wine Vinegar

250g Water

3-4 cloves of garlic (coarsely chopped)

1 tsp black peppercorns

2 tsp salt

6 sprigs fresh Thyme

1 kg assorted mushrooms (smallish)

Strips of lemon rind from 1 lemon

1-2 bay leaf

Good quality olive oil to cover (use a light and fruity olive oil or dilute it with Grapeseed oil)



Put the vinegar, water, garlic, peppercorns and a few sprigs of thyme in a deep non-corrosive pan.  Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

Add the mushrooms to the pan and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until they are just cooked, remove them with a slotted spoon and drain well.  Remove the thyme and set aside.

Arrange the mushrooms, strips of lemon peel, bay leaf and thyme sprigs in the hot sterilised jar.

Heat the olive oil in a pan to 75C and pour it carefully into the jar, making sure the mushrooms are completely covered.  Poke the mushrooms with a skewer to ensure there are no air pockets, then seal.

The mushrooms will be ready to eat in about 2 weeks.

Shelf life is approximately 6 months.


Creamy Honey Mustard Chicken

Creamy Honey Mustard Chicken


Approximately 1kg Chicken thigh fillets (or 4 small breasts)

300g button mushrooms, quartered/halved depending on size

1 brown onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, sliced finely

2 Tbsp. wholegrain mustard

2 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard

2 Tbsp. honey

2 Tbsp. GF cornflour

1 Tbsp. butter

400ml can coconut cream

Olive oil

Fresh rosemary sprigs

Salt and Pepper to taste



Preheat oven to 180C.

In a sauté pan or other oven and stove top proof dish (I use my stove top compatible Corningware – but a cast iron pan such as a Le Creuset would also work), melt the butter and a Tbsp. of olive oil.  Sauté the onion and garlic over a low to medium heat until they aretransparent.  Toss through the mushrooms.  Turn the heat up to high, then add the chicken pieced, turning once to seal and slightly brown.

In the meantime, in a small bowl combine the mustards, honey, cornflour, salt and pepper and another Tbsp. or two of olive oil and mix with a fork until well combined.

Pour mustard mix over the browned chicken, onionand mushroom mix and add coconut cream.  Stir through then sprinkle rosemary over the top.  Place the chicken uncovered into the oven for 35 minutes or until chicken is cooked and golden.


If you don’t have a dish that can go on both thecooktop and in the oven, use a saucepan to sauté ingredients before transferring them to an oven proof dish, before adding the sauce ingredients and cooking in the oven as per previous instructions.

 Creamy Honey Mustard Chicken