Not many people know that the humble but glorious mushroom is one of the best sources of the beauty nutrients Selenium, Zinc, Vitamin D and the B Vitamins including Niacin and riboflavin - all found in our skincare products to improve skin cell health. But from the inside, what better way is there to improve your skin by than by cooking up a storm and following Thomasina's delicious recipe below.
"The Mexicans love wild mushrooms. In the spring, morels and St. George’s mushrooms come out in Britain among other varieties. If you can get wild mushrooms, add some sliced to normal field mushrooms or include a little dried porcini for a real treat. This filling is also really delicious in quesadillas."
Cooking time: 15–20 minutes
2 tablespoons olive oil
750g St George's, Morell or mixed mushrooms, sliced
Sea salt and black pepper
1 tablespoon truffle oil (optional)
2 shallots, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped a small handful tarragon, chopped
A small handful of parsley, roughly chopped
Grated Pecorino cheese
Addictive sweet chipotle paste
1. Heat half the butter and olive oil in a frying pan and add the mushrooms, seasoning with salt and pepper.
2. Cook over a high heat until the mushrooms have released their juices and the juice has started to evaporate, about 10 minutes. Add the rest of the butter and the oil (including the truffle oil if you are using it), the shallots and garlic and cook until soft. Sprinkle with the tarragon and check the seasoning.
3. Spoon the mushrooms into a heated earthenware dish that will look fun on the table and sprinkle over the parsley and cheese. This is incredibly delicious with my sweet chipotle paste, but also yummy with the Fresh tomato salsa on page 26 and a dollop of crème fraîche.
Thomasina Miers, Mexican Food Made Easy, published by Hodder & Stoughton, £20