Spring vegetable soup and stuffed portobello mushrooms

It has been a hectic week and I had very little time to think about food. I have cooked what was in my fridge, larder and freezer hardly leaving the house. Today I made a conscious effort to actually go outside and take a proper lunch. I walked past the veg monger and saw that besides having delicious looking asparagus, the broad beans had also arrived! In Italy they have festivals in honor of the broad beans, they serve them just picked so you shell them yourself and you eat them with fresh, soft peccorini cheese, one of life’s simple but oh so delicious pleasures!


I cant get the peccornini cheese here but I decided to get some, they are still small and very tender.




We have some growing in the garden but being so late planting they are a long way off. I got a couple of locally grown tomatoes and a bunch of asparagus, also local. There is a benefit in living in what is called the garden of England!




I picked up a few portobello mushrooms for dinner and decided to stuff them for a vegetarian dinner. I am off to the ball tomorrow and need light foods, a bit late to think about perhaps but hey, better late than never!


As I was thinking about what to cook I decided to do a soup for starter, nothing big, just enough to tease the taste buds. This is a super simple soup that only requires a minimum of cooking.


Asparagus and broad bean soup

preparation time 5-10 minutes

cooking time 10 minutes

serves 2


  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • 4 broad beans
  • 2 dl or 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp cracked bulgur wheat
  • chives or chive flowers
  • 1 mint leaves
  • salt & pepper to taste

Peel the asparagus stems and cut off the tips. Slice the stems and place them in the vegetable broth. Add the bulgur wheat and bring to a boil. Turn the heat off once it is boiling and leave for 10 minutes. Peel the broad beans and add them to the soup before serving with the chive and the shredded mint.




While waiting for the soup to cook I did the stuffing for the mushrooms.


Feta cheese and cashew stuffed portobello mushrooms

preparation time 5 minutes

cooking time 20 minutes

oven 170C or or 340F

serves 2


  • 4 portobello mushrooms
  • 1 pack of feta cheese
  • 4 radishes
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 good handful of cashew nuts (not salted)
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 red chilli
  • 1 tbsp black sesame seeds
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 pinch of seasalt
  • ground pepper to taste

Peel and grate the carrot, chop the tomato and the radish. Finley chop the chilli and crush the garlic. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.




Lightly toast the cashew nuts and then give them a rough chop.




Last add crumbled feta cheese and mix. Remove the stem of the mushroom and stuff them with the filling. I would have chopped up the stems but I had a lot of filling.




I was thinking of using meat for the mushrooms but it turned out we didn’t miss it at all.




The feta cheese was lovely and crispy and the mushrooms cooked through. The cashew nuts added texture and the mustard seeds a lot of flavor.




I cut up some fruit for dessert.ย 09May_Fruit


I won’t have time to cook anything else this weekend so I am taking this to the lovely Angie, author of the beautiful blog The Novice Gardener‘s blog challenge, Fiesta Friday! This week it is co hosted by Selma, Selma’s Table and Juhls, The Not So Creative Cook. If you have cooked something come and join us!



25 Responses to “Spring vegetable soup and stuffed portobello mushrooms”
  1. A Home Cook says:

    Those mushrooms look fantastic. Thanks for sharing them with us all.

  2. My kind of soup! Too bad Fiesta Friday wasn’t a potluck we could all go to!

    • petra08 says:

      hi Laura

      I love soup! ๐Ÿ™‚ And Fiesta Friday is such a brilliant blog challenge! The only thing is it always makes me so incredibly hungry reading ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Ngan R. says:

    Wow, you are a cooking machine, Petra. Look at the size of those mushrooms! I love a good stuffed mushroom and your recipe looks very intriguing with radishes and carrots and feta. Have a great time at the ball!

    • petra08 says:

      hi Ngan

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ I agree stuffed mushrooms are great. I thew together what I had and it worked, I love to sneak in as many veg as i an in to everything! The ball was great but the weekend went too fast! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Nancy says:

    Aahhh, the soup looks delicious! The chive flowers provide a stunning appearance…love it!

  5. DetoxMama says:

    Healthy, creative and delicious! And I’ve got flowers that just bloomed on my chives. I never thought to eat them… Very, very cool tip!

    • petra08 says:

      hi Dawn

      Thank you! We had quite a lot of meat and just needed something very light! chive flowers are delicious and they make everything look better ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. chefjulianna says:

    Oh wow Petra! Feta and cashew stuffed mushrooms are just calling my name! I am so happy you brought these to the party! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Hi Petra! I am co-hosting Angies FF15 with Jhuls this week and have been edging my way around the crowd to come over and say hello and welcome! I take it that you are in Kent with that reference and am very envious! We often visit Deal and I make sure to stop at all the roadside vendors and farmshops en route to make the most of the produce! Your soup sounds quite delicious and those stuffed mushrooms are flying off the plate! Gorgeous photos too! Thank you for bringing these – I hope you get the chance to check out the other party goers and make some new friends at the same time! Enjoy the party!

    • petra08 says:

      hi Selma

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ Am glad you like it!
      There are so many markets and yes all the farm shops! It just tastes better somehow knowing it is produced locally!
      I did a double take when reading your comment as I just moved to Deal! Please let me know when you are down next time and if you have time it would be great to meet!

      • Oh wow – that is amazing!! I absolutely love visiting Deal – There are so many creative and talented people who seem to live there – friends have a weekend cottage on Duke St – we often come down and I will be sure to let you know – would love to meet up for a coffee or a glass of something stronger!

        • petra08 says:

          hi Selma
          we looked at a house on Duke St but ended up on the other end of the high street!
          There are a few new wine bars opening and would love to go there with you! That would be lovely! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Jhuls says:

    How could you not think about food all the time? ๐Ÿ˜€ No matter how busy I am, I always think about food. Well, just think of them. There are times that I could not even take my lunch break as I am tied up with so much work. Regardless of that, I always think about food. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Anyway, I am glad that you still joined us today and brought these delicious treats. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hope you’re having fun at FF and have a wonderful weekend!

    • petra08 says:

      hi Jhuls

      Oh I know, usually I can’t stop thinking about food no matter what time of the day it is but it was manic. I am so pleased I had time to make something and join the FF party! I love to check out the other dishes and oh, what a foodie party! ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t believe the weekend is over already but thanks for co hosting, it seems to get bigger every week! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Jhuls says:

        I can’t believe that the weekend is over, too! But FF15 is still on going, yes?

        I’m having so much fun co-hosting and I would love to do it again. So much fun to have bigger crowd – bigger crowd means many people to chat with and more foods! ๐Ÿ˜€

        Have a wonderful week to you! ๐Ÿ™‚

        • petra08 says:

          I am so glad last week is over, all back to normal and am now thinking about lunch ๐Ÿ™‚

          FF is great and so inspiring ๐Ÿ™‚ And yes to FF15 is still on, am already thinking about FF16, unwilling to miss one.

          have a lovely week as well, fingers crossed for some nice sunshine ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Emma says:

    Being a vegetarian I am always on the look out for tasty new menu ideas and these both sounds fantastic, sometimes the simplest and quickest of meals are often the best ones ๐Ÿ™‚

    • petra08 says:

      hi Emma

      I completely agree! I love to spend time in the kitchen cooking but sometimes something truly quick and simple can be so good ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. milkandbun says:

    The soup with flowers! Sounds unusual and intriguing for me! ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish I could try it!

    • petra08 says:

      hi Mila

      Thank you. Oh wish you could, get a pot of chives and use the flowers, they are delicious and very pretty ๐Ÿ™‚

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