Warm mushroom salad works majic for the Faerie Queene

Blue oyster mushrooms weave a safety net for your heart

Blue oyster mushrooms weave a safety net for your heart

Story time – The blue-haired one’s majic cure

The Faerie Queene hung her head. Her heart ached and she knew not what might mend it.

She summoned her trusty knights to her fortress deep in the forest. “Dear Sirs,” she began. “Your mission is to find a way to chase the chill from my blood.”

Sir Woe-be-Gone spoke first. “Rub a paste of mustard and lemon over your neck,” he said. “And get a good night’s sleep.”

Sir Cry-No-Tears piped up next. “Balderdash! What’s needed is a steamy tea, flavored with  garlic and thin slices of onion.”

Then a sweet voice sang out above the rest. “If you don’t wish to see your wings fall off at the time of the next frost,” said the Queene’s blue-haired assistant, “You must solve this riddle: What funny-looking food  mysteriously pops up in a forest glade over night? It’s not a veggie. It’s so much more!”


The blue-haired one poses a riddle…

The crowd was stunned into silence. Without a cure in sight, the Faerie Queene drooped in disappointment.

I know, I know,” said the Veggie Elf Jill Nussinow, author of Vegetables Get the Royal Treatment.The answer is blue oyster mushrooms. Because they are fungi, not vegetables, mushrooms contain compounds found in no other foods.”

As it turns out, the peculiar blue oyster mushrooms are nature’s answer to prescription cholesterol medications, such as Lovastatin.

“Oyster mushrooms contain compounds as effective as statins, but without harmful side effects,” says Nussinow. “And you don’t need to eat that many of them to have benefits.”

Other mushrooms have amazing health benefits, too. Shiitake mushrooms are said to be effective against breast cancer.

Grow mushrooms in your own castle

Grow your own mushrooms!

Grow your own mushrooms

The Faerie Queene snapped her fingers and immediately heard a thump in her mailbox. Lo and behold, it was a large box with instructions on how to grow oyster mushrooms in your very own castle in less than 10 days! There were also recipes!

“Grow me some mushrooms,” commanded the Queene to the blue-haired one. “We’ll have the mushroom salad for dessert straight away.”

And so it happened just this way. The Faerie Queene and all her fine knights lived happily on blue oyster mushrooms forever after.

Warm mushroom, asparagus and goat cheese salad

The blue-haired one’s
warm mushroom, asparagus & goats cheese salad
Serves three or four

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 pound mushrooms (blue oyster, king, cremini, or shiitake  etc)
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 5 stocks asparagus, sliced lengthwise into four, then crosswise
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
  • 6 cups salad greens
  • 2 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons walnut oil (or truffle oil…)
  • 1/2 cup pinenuts
  • 1/2 cup crumbly goats cheese
  1. Fry the mushrooms in the oil over medium heat until they release their moisture and it cooks off, about 10 minutes
  2. Add the onion and asparagus and fry an additional 5 minutes
  3. Add the garlic and thyme and saute 1 minute
  4. In a small jar with a lid, shake the balsamic vinegar with the truffle (or walnut) oil.
  5. Put the washed greens in the bottom of your salad bowl. Add the warm mushroom mix. Sprinkle with  the crumbly goats cheese and decorate with pine nuts. Dress with the vinaigrette. Toss and serve.

Recipe adapted from Mushrooms Canada.


Mushrooms Canada tells us how much goodness we get from this wonder food, mushrooms.

  1. Mushrooms are the only item in the produce section that can manufacture vitamin D.
  2. Research is under way on the cancer-fighting properties of mushrooms, particularly against breast and prostate cancers.
  3. Mushrooms have soluble and insoluble fibre to help with digestion and fight bowel problems.
  4. Research suggests mushrooms are great boosters of immunity from infections from bacteria and viruses.
  5. Mushrooms contain unique antioxidants, which keep inflammation under control and maintain your cells in top operating condition.

Grab the majic for yourself. Brighten your meals with mushrooms every day.

The Queen's King (mushroom)

The Queene’s King Mushroom

17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Christina @ Salt Pepper Brilliant
    May 31, 2013 @ 12:18:27

    I am so happy I found you! Your blog is awesome. I have been working on a book of culinary poems and stories for almost a year now that I hope to one day get published. The kitchen has always been a place of magic for me and no other place holds more memories. Nice to meet you, stop by and say hi 🙂


  2. Peri's Spice Ladle
    May 29, 2013 @ 17:31:00

    Such an adorable tale:) And mushrooms deserve all that adulation…your salad with goat cheese and pine-nuts looks perfect!


  3. richardmcgary
    May 29, 2013 @ 17:09:53

    How fun and I love mushrooms. We have never had much success growing them (unless its the natural inedible, poisonous ones that grow outside 😮 ) so we buy them at the store. I love the delicate flavor of the oyster mushrooms. Yummy salad. 🙂


    • Vinny Grette
      May 29, 2013 @ 23:46:15

      It’s much safer to buy them in the store. Today, though, I was so surprised to see mushrooms coming from the box that arrived in the mail. They didn’t look like oyster mushrooms, though. They had a whole bunch of tiny little caps – peculiar!


  4. Molly
    May 29, 2013 @ 08:31:56

    Very funny! And good advice.


  5. Janet Rörschåch
    May 28, 2013 @ 21:22:03

    That salad sounds so fantastic.


  6. thesisterslice
    May 28, 2013 @ 20:13:29

    Lovely, yummy post….We are in the middle of morel season here…may try to grow some here after!! searching amazon now~


    • Vinny Grette
      May 28, 2013 @ 20:48:52

      Oh wow! Morels are an even bigger favorite for us here than oyster mushrooms. They cost the earth and taste like nothing else. Our oyster mushroom kit came from California. Nothing has popped out of the box yet, but it’s still early days 🙂


  7. The Cosy Kitchen
    May 28, 2013 @ 18:23:11

    This looks lovely and healthy!


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