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I love mushrooms but I can rarely eat them outside my own kitchen because every chef on the planet seems to cook them in butter.

But a fried breakfast just isn’t a fried breakfast without mushrooms.

To me, mushrooms fried in oil, which is dairy free, taste delicious, so why the butter fettish?

Mushrooms fried in rape seed oil - no butter in sight

Mushrooms fried in rape seed oil – no butter in sight #DairyFree

Now I love a plate of bacon and fried eggs – usually the only things on breakfast buffets that I’ll risk having. Watch out for scrambled eggs as I found out to my peril once – these are often cooked using lots of dairy so steer well clear if you have a dairy allergy.

And of course, where breakfast buffets are concerned, be very wary of cross contamination. Look at how clean and tidy the area is and look at the serving tongs and spoons. Are there enough? Are they being swapped? If in doubt, don’t risk it and always check with the kitchen.

I’m very lucky I am not allergic to eggs so can enjoy the great British fry up. I think a plate of bacon on its own would be a very sad thing to behold.

The perfect freefrom breakfast

At home I can make my own delicious freefrom brekkie including:

  • Homemade wheat free eggy fried bread
  • Gluten free sausages
  • Wheat and dairy free hash browns – they do exist if you shop around
  • Mushrooms fried in oil
  • Bacon – best from the farm up the road
  • Fried courgettes
  • Sometimes saute potato slices

What is it about mushrooms and butter?

This year I haven’t found any hotels that don’t cook their ‘shrooms in butter.

I always check. I have to check everything, every time and the answer is always, ‘yes the the mushrooms contain butter.’

Now mushrooms don’t ‘contain butter’ so is this stock answer because most chefs cook mushrooms in butter or because they come ready packed in catering bags with butter and are just thrown in a pan? Are kitchens so busy these days that they cannot wash, peel, chop and cook a fresh mushroom?

It just really saddens me to the point where I can hardly bear to ask because the answer is always the same.

So this is a question for everyone but especially catering firms and also to chefs.

  1. Do mushrooms taste that much superior cooked in butter rather than oil? This probably is the case because let’s face it, most things generally taste better with butter.
  2. If you don’t have a dairy allergy, would mind or even notice if they were cooked in oil not butter?
  3. I suspect butter is the healthier option to oil but to any dieticians or nutritionists out there – what is the healthiest way to cook mushrooms?
  4. Do most chefs learn that mushrooms are better in butter and do most chefs cook them thus buttered?
  5. Or do, horror or horrors, mushrooms come ready buttered in catering packs? Please tell me this doesn’t happen…

If the later is the case I don’t want to eat them anyway. What a horrible thought. Processed food gone mad.

Same price for two items only – not a fair deal

I don’t like to be fussy and am just happy to eat what I can but I am fed of paying the same price for less food. The mushrooms are just the tip of the iceberg. I have rarely ever been offered some butter free mushrooms when I’ve asked, except on the odd occasion. When the answer is, ‘yes they contain butter’ the assumption is that this is it, I can’t have mushrooms. It’s very hard to reply, ‘and is it possible to get any cooked without butter?’

At the Hilton last year a very kind chef did me some dairy free mushrooms which came out after I’d finished the rest of my breakfast and had been cooked in vinegar. Weirdest mushrooms I have ever had but very kind of him to offer. It has rather put me off asking for some without butter though ;o)

It’s like pulling teeth. When waiting staff return and say, ‘yes the fryers have been used to fry things containing wheat’ and you have to ask AGAIN whether you can have an alternative carb that is freefrom. Otherwise you just end up reducing the number of things on your plate but paying the same. This irks me!

I pay the same as you for my breakfast but I don’t get the toast, the sausages, the beans, the mushrooms or the tomato. How is that fair?

But hey. I can eat eggs and mushrooms when I want to at home so for that I am eternally grateful.

Anyone else have mushroom cravings too? or is it just me? Any is anyone actually allergic to mushrooms?



An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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