Let’s start the day with a little mystery, shall we? On this date, in 1930 Judge Joseph F. Crater of the New York State Supreme Court, walked out of a 45th Street restaurant in New York City on his way to the theater. He was never heard from again. So we’re told by Wikipedia disagrees and gives the date as August 6; and tells of many smoking guns. Nowhere do we find out what the dodgy judge ate at the restaurant; which is called a ‘chop house’ in one account.
Chop house is not a familiar term in South Africa; defines it as ‘(Cookery) a restaurant specializing in steaks, grills, chops, etc.’ After our very carnivorous weekend in the mountains, my husband has requested that we have a meat-free week to ‘unclog’ his arteries. This is quite a nice challenge for me, given that I am currently on a mushroom-mania tangent. I’ve done some research and have found some amazing facts about mushrooms:
Mushrooms are an excellent source of potassium, a mineral that helps lower elevated blood pressure and reduces the risk of stroke. One medium portabella mushroom has even more potassium than a banana or a glass of orange juice. One serving of mushrooms also provides about 20 to 40 percent of the daily value of copper, a mineral that has cardioprotective properties.
Mushrooms are a rich source of riboflavin, niacin, and selenium. Selenium is an antioxidant that works with vitamin E to protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals. Male health professionals who consumed twice the recommended daily intake of selenium cut their risk of prostate cancer by 65 percent. In the Baltimore study on Aging, men with the lowest blood selenium levels were 4 to 5 times more likely to have prostate cancer compared to those with the highest selenium levels.
… especially the fresh button mushrooms, possess substances that inhibit the activity of aromatase (an enzyme involved in estrogen production), and 5-alpha-reductase (an enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT). The latest findings show that white button mushrooms can reduce the risk of breast cancer and prostate cancer. An extract of white button mushrooms decreased cell proliferation and decreased tumor size in a dose-dependent manner. The chemoprotective effect can be seen with an intake of about 100 grams (3.5 ozs) of mushrooms per day. (Source:
I rest my case …

Spinach and feta stuffed mushrooms

67 Comments Add yours

  1. libraryscene says:

    Love love love mushrooms…sadly, I must be careful as I a terrible allergy to molds/fungus.
    What a wonderful tidbit of history on the judge…perhaps he got chopped by the mob out back…

    1. theonlycin says:

      There is the small matter of a mistress waiting in the wings and quite a large amount of cash drawn the day before his disappearance …

  2. I’m going to have to overcome my aversion to mushrooms in view of their protective qualities that I was unaware of 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Seems a good plan, John 🙂

  3. lovely lovely mushrooms yum yum yum

    1. theonlycin says:

      Not yum with cinnamon 😉

  4. sounds as though the judge could have been recycled in a mushroom farm?

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s a very fishy story …

  5. Yummie! Perhaps we can our green grocer to start stocking a wider range of mushrooms, including dried ones!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ll have a word with Manny 😉

      1. Your mushrooms inspired me 😉

      2. theonlycin says:

        I see 🙂 But surely a sampioen can also be a paddastoel? 😉

  6. A nice big Mushroom is just as enjoyable as a juicy steak – and much better for you it seems!!!

    I just love mushrooms raw and uncooked – they rock ! Have a great day Cindy darlingxxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      The large mushrooms are actually listed on my Woolies invoice as ‘mushroom steaks’ 🙂

  7. adeeyoyo says:

    Very interesting, Cindy. I adore mushrooms, especially with a grill and/or bacon. Hope this doesn’t undo their goodness… 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      What you loose on the swings you gain on the roundabout, eh adee? 😉

  8. Tandy says:

    we are also on a mushroom binge! And never again will I complain when Dave scoffs a punnet at a time 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I loved what I discovered about beetroot’s benefits, now mushrooms, next up is lentils 🙂

      1. nursemyra says:

        Lentils give me migraines. Not fair, because I really love them. Oh well, there’s always room for more mushrooms

      2. theonlycin says:

        Oh dear, and there I’ve just gone and posted a whole yarn about lentils, sorry Myra 😉

  9. souldipper says:

    Mushrooms? No thanks, but I’d love to munch on that spinach and feta! Living in a rain forest, we have ‘shrooms’ all over the place. Some are very valuable and pickers have territories. Trespassers have found their butts full of salt! Better than buckshot, but still very uncomfortable.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Butts full of salt? I never heard that expression before!

      1. souldipper says:

        Mushrooms? No thanks, but I’d love to munch on that spinach and feta! Living in a rain forest, we have ‘shrooms’ all over the place. Some are very valuable and pickers have territories. Trespassers have found their butts full of salt! Better than buckshot, but still very uncomfortable.

        This is new-to-me. I’m replying to your question but am taken to my older comment. Hmmm. We’ll see how this works.

        The salt…When people raided gardens or crossed into another person’s “turf”, in an effort to scare them off without too much harm, some old farmers threatened to put salt in their shotguns.. I don’t know if any ever really did that, but the threat kept people away.

      2. theonlycin says:

        Yes, WP is acting strange today …
        Thanks for the explanation 🙂

  10. earlybird says:

    Very interesting. Thanks for that. I never knew they were that nutritious! I love ’em. Particularly ceps/porcini in season… mmmmmm

    1. theonlycin says:

      In Cape Town, we used to get enormous, very meaty mushrooms, oh how I miss them!

  11. Oh its so hard to find a beautiful mushie like the ones you served up. Well, that’s prob not entirely true, to be honest, I just dont get into the super early start to get the good ones at the markets. 😦
    I didn’t know that Mushrooms had such health benefits, will need to get em into me, me thinks. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m absolutely delighted with the information, justifies my addiction 😀

  12. thestonemaidendiaries says:

    Ek is mal oor mushrooms. Het mushrooms (noudat ek daaroor dink) ten minste 5 dae ‘n week, soms meer.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Nou weet jy jy mag maar, want dis so gesond 🙂

  13. Tilly Bud says:

    What if I don’t like mushrooms?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh dear, Tilly, cauliflower? 😉

  14. Jamie Dedes says:

    Hi, Cindy!

    Three of my fave foods in one dish. Wonderful! Sounds like mushrooms are a food we can eat without guilt. Phew! How refreshing.

    You asked about lei lines. I only know them as in energy lines from reading books on Feng Shui.

    I think the word may have another meaning having to do with meadows and such.

    Glad you enjoyed the piece.

    Happy days …

    1. Jamie Dedes says:

      Do you have a different meaning?

      1. theonlycin says:

        Yes, they’re water lines. We have several areas in South Africa that are said to have lei lines and are ‘special’ areas, where creative people gravitate to. Greyton in the Western Cape is one.

      2. theonlycin says:

        Sorry, I’ve just seen that they are ‘ley’ and not ‘lei’ lines …

  15. bluebee says:

    Maybe the judge disappeared down his namesake…(weak, I know)

    Interesting post on mushrooms and their astounding array of health benefits, Cin (quite something for a fungus that is grown commercially in what is effectively poo) – the big field mushrooms taste just like meat and the stuffed ones always go down a treat as a starter at dinner parties

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL @ Judge 😉
      Yes, mushies have infinite culinary possibilities!

  16. Isn’t a 100 grams of mushrooms quite a lot? I have begun to appreciate mushrooms more over the years, I use to think they were quite bland. Xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      No, don’t think it’s a lot bokkie 🙂

  17. nrhatch says:

    That filling looks delish!

    Sounds like (1) the Judge wandered off with his mistress and a boatload of cash, or (2) his mistress ran off with a boatload of cash after ditching the Judge.

    1. theonlycin says:

      mmm … we’ll have to get to the bottom of it?

  18. That is a wonderful combination and one of the few ways that I actually eat spinach, or else I would be one to go without dessert for not clearing my plate 😉 I have also become rather fond of mushrooms, especially with garlic butter 🙂 Good thing I can’t smell garlic on a person who has eaten it 😀

    Doctors and the pharmaceutical industry would be a lot poorer if we made more use of the wonderful health benefits of nature right under our noses. Thanks for enlightening us 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I agree, Lee, I wonder why we aren’t made aware of these facts?

  19. SuziCate says:

    I knew mushrooms were good stuff…thanks for verifying it!

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’re welcome, SuziCate 🙂

  20. I have a package of mushrooms in the fridge just begging to be cooked. I see a stir fry with broccoli and mushrooms in my very near future. Thank you for the information. Your stuffed mushroom looks delicious! Blessings to you…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh yum, Carol, enjoy 🙂

  21. Absolutely hands down one of my all time faorite foods! I generally will reach for portobellas first, but you’ve got me deciding to reach for the buttons occasionally, too. Other mushrooms I love, but are more expensive (even than portobellas are Shiitake and tree ear (which I adore, but have a hard time finding anywhere except at Asian food markets. Thanks for the info!

    Up the MUSHROOM!!!

    I’ve noticed that some places offer to sell you a flat of spored soil, by which you can grow your own mushies! I’m curious to know if the exorbitant amount of money you spend will keep propogating, or if it’s a one-shot deal! Do you know?

    1. theonlycin says:

      I don’t know, Paula, sounds like a bit of a gimmick?

      1. Actually, they are reputable growers. I’ll have to look into it a bit more. I’ll let you know!

  22. slpmartin says:

    Oh…now those look absolutely divine to me…I shall be preparing some tomorrow…thanks!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Enjoy Charlie, your body will thank you 🙂

  23. Linda says:

    Well then let me run not even walk to the grocery store and get some of those great big mushrooms. Now why oh why would a doctor not prescrible mushrooms and bananas for high blood pressure instead of pills?

    1. theonlycin says:

      I know, Guess it would mess with the doc’s profits?

  24. This is brilliant, Cindy. I always thought mushrooms were pretty and tasty but not good for much nutritionally. Now I must seriously revise my mushroom policy. Great post!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Kate, I was rather glad to discover the info too 🙂

  25. colonialist says:

    Bean there; done that?

    Yay, I love mushrooms, spinach and feta and shall endeavour to seek the combination regularly.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Your body will thank you, col 🙂

  26. klrs09 says:

    Fascinating bit of info, Cindy. You should write it up for a foodie magazine. I’m glad to learn that ‘shrooms are so good for you — my husband and I love them. One of my favorites salads in spinach and mushroom with a little sweet onion and poppy seed dressing. Hmm, guess I now have an excuse to eat it more often!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Go for it and enjoy, kathy 🙂

  27. Steffi says:

    I love mushrooms,Spinach and feta!Your food looks so delicious.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Danke Steffi 🙂

  28. Kathe says:

    haha!! this is a great idea! 😀

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