Preparation for my cake is going well. I have all of the icing I need (and more – I bought so much!) and all of the decorations. I think in total I will spend £30 on materials so will charge work £60. That’s quite reasonable I think. I did say today that I wanted £70 and the person I was speaking to went a bit quiet…..maybe it was a lot of money. I hope they are happy with the price. I’ll find out tomorrow I suppose!!
Anyway, onto this evening. I was planning on going out to play my flute but after a lot of thinking / soul searching I decided that I wasn’t going to. I have been musical all my life and was quite good on the flute. Since leaving uni 2 years ago I haven’t played my flute at all. So last week I went along to a Band. I really enjoyed it and it was great to play my flute again but I just think it’s too much hassle to join permanently – timing, food, money, relationship – a lot of things are affected by me going out for one evening. Dramatic I know!
So my bf and I were eating apart today. I got to eat one of the food he hates – MUSHROOMS!
I decided to make stuffed mushrooms – I’ve made this once before and it was quite disappointing!! But this time it was really nice. These mushrooms were so big and were really meaty. It was like eating a chicken breast!! I stuffed them with a mixture of red onion, crushed garlic, cooked couscous and stilton.
The Stilton was definitely the best bit. I love strong cheeses! I put a bit on top of the mushroom, then added the ‘stuffing’, then topped with more Stilton. The ‘stuffing’ was…..different! We didn;t have any breadcrumbs and I didn’t want to buy pre-made ones and we didn’t have any crusty / old / any (!) bread to grate so I decided to use what I thought was the next best thing – couscous!! I made it in the morning before work, then when I made the ‘stuffing’ I fried it in the pan with the onion + garlic. Looking back now, this wasn’t the best idea. I should have just added it to the onion after it was fried as it did go very crispy, especially after being in the oven for 15 mins. Next time I will either use real breadcrumbs or, taking my inspiration from this months Asda magazine, use crushed cannelloni beans. This would have been a great idea actually!
This recipe serves 1 person but of course you can double it for 2 people or even quadruple it for 4 people!! A great starter, with some lettuce, or a main course, with some vegetables. You could also serve one alongside a chicken breast as a side dish. The possibilities are endless!
Stuffed Mushrooms (Serves 1)
- 2 large / Portobello mushrooms
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 50g cooked couscous / cannelloni beans
- 25g Stilton / any other strong cheese, sliced
- Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas Mark 6.
- Trim the mushrooms so that the top is quite flat. Do remove the stalk if you need to. Place onto a baking tray.
- Fry the chopped onions and garlic in a little oil for a few mins until softened.
- Spoon into a bowl and stir in the couscous until combined / stir in the cannelloni beans and crush slightly
- Place a little Stilton onto the top of the mushrooms, then top each with an equal amount of the couscous / onion mix. Then top each with the remaining Stilton slices.
- Bake in the oven for 15 mins until the top is golden. Enjoy!