Dairy Free Mushroom Pâté


I have discovered something terrible. It turns out that I really have no choice but to eat dairy free.

Dairy free.

No Parmesan for me, no Pecorino, no Mozzarella, no cheesecake. I mean.. do I even have to go on? It’s a health thing and it’s not fixable, so here I go. I have been trying to get used to it for a couple of weeks now. I am quite happy to drink coffee with soymilk, use margarine on bread etc., but saying goodbye forever to cheese is proving the hardest. I do come up with different new things to eat to make things better and I realised that when going out, it is good to go to a Chinese restaurant or for sushi as these are the places where avoiding milk is the easiest.

Well, why not have some mushrooms then? At least they are dairy free.

I had a lot of leftover mushrooms and decided to make a bread spread with them. There are so many recipes out there with cream cheese, butter etc. Needless to say, I had to come up with my own version and I think it is delicious. It feels very creamy in your mouth and it is, to be honest, quite a fancy topping for your bread.




3 Tbsp margarine
1/2 a big onion
3 garlic cloves
4 cups of slices mushrooms
1/4 cup red wine
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried parsley or two sprigs of fresh leaves
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
a pinch of cayenne pepper



Melt margarine in a pan and add chopped onion to cook until soft. Add chopped garlic and all the mushrooms.

Sprinkle salt and other spices on the mushrooms. You will see that they will release a lot of liquid into the pan.

Add wine and cook on low heat for around an hour or until all the liquid has evaporated.

Blend the mixture until smooth.





Freaky Bready Red Wine Muffins

These are always in season. No need to worry about finding the produce in store, the wine will be there, waiting for you.

Why are they freaky? The red wine gives them an unusual texture and bread-like aroma that makes them interesting and you end up eating another and another because you can’t quite put your finger on what is so special about them. I use a sweet variety of red wine for those but you can try with dry varieties if you’re hardcore. And you can also add red food colouring to be fancy and make an impression. Have fun making these and don’t worry about getting drunk, all of the alcohol evaporates while in the oven, so you might end up with a drunk oven (mine never complained about this).

red wine muffins


2 eggs

1/4 cup rapeseed oil

1/2 cup sweet red wine

1/2 cup milk

2 cups flour

3/4 cup sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

optional: red food colouring (two drops should be plenty)

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Yield: 12 muffins.

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

In a bowl, whisk eggs, oil, wine, milk and sugar until combined.

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Add flour, baking powder and salt. Mix with a spatula until there are no more dry flour pockets.

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Do not continue mixing.

Pour into a 12 muffin tray and bake for 25 minutes.

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red wine muffins


red wine muffins
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