It's cold outside
Very, very cold. The rain is pelting and snow is falling on the mountains, so with a severe weather warning for our district I'm definitely hunkering down inside for the foreseeable future
Staying indoors means I'm not getting any sun (not that it's shining anyway!) and that means my Vitamin D levels aren't getting the top up they need to keep me as healthy and happy as I should be
Did you know that mushrooms are an important source of Vitamin D, and that they can soak up even more by exposure to sunlight or other UV lighting? I figured I need all the help I can get so I decided to set some of my Mushroom Bounty out in the sun over the weekend before it disappeared behind the sleet. Now I don't know if this trick works on already harvested mushrooms, but I figured it was worth a go, right? **Update- Yes, it really does work!**
To check out the health benefits of mushrooms and how they can naturally boost your levels of Vitamin D, check out Here to find out more about the Mighty Power of Mushrooms
Soaking up some rays!
Full of Vitamin D, can you tell the difference? :)
Now that the Mushrooms have absorbed all that healthy Vitamin D, it's my turn- what better way than to bake them up into a yummy lunch that will warm me up and make me healthy too!
Savoury Baked Mushroom Custard Cups
1 cup lactose free Cream
1 cup lactose free Milk
3 slices gluten free Bread
3 slices Bacon
1/2 cup lactose free Cheese- I used Goat Cheese as I can tolerate it
1 clove Garlic
Drizzle of Oil
Pop the mushrooms, bacon and bread on a baking tray
Grate over the garlic, then drizzle with the oil
Bake for 15 minutes or until it's all nicely crispy and crunchy
A few extra yummies
Combine the eggs, cream, milk and seasonings. Beat together until combined well
Divvy up the cheese and the crispy, baked goodies into some ramekins
Fill up with the eggy mix. Let them sit for 15minutes or so, then top them up again
Bake at 160*C in a water bath for about 45mins to an hour, or until the tops are set and the custard has just a little wobble in the middle. It will take a little longer than you'd expect because of the fillings
Slightly puffed and pretty
You can eat these piping hot from the oven right away, or leave them to set for about 20 minutes when you can turn them out and they should be able to hold their own weight
I personally think these little lovelies look much prettier turned upside down with their pale underbelly showing. They have been exposed to the sunlight, but there's not much of a tan-line showing here :)
Chock full of goodies and healthy Vitamin D. In this case I definitely think Vitamin D stands for Delicious!
Don't forget that Buying Local is Best, and I would like to thank Australian Mushroom Growers Buy Local Campaign and Majestic Mushrooms of Murrumbateman for providing me with such lovely local specimens
For more information on this campaign and the wonderful health benefits of mushrooms, check out:
So Dear Readers, do you think you get enough Vitamin D, and how's the weather at your place today?