Bean and Mushroom Ragoût

bean and mushroom ragoutIf the weather we are currently experiencing is anything to go by we may well have by passed Spring moving straight onto Summer from Winter. That’s  not to say that our desire for comfort food has disappeared with it.

YTF member and founder of Taste Cafe in Pretoria graciously contributed this hearty recipe- comfort food at its best!!

To quote Willie, ” Ragoût is just the fancy chefy name for a stew and traditionally it contains cheaper cuts of meat and would be cooked very slowly for a long time. But, we use canned beans and a soft fungus like mushrooms so we don’t need long cooking hours, you’ll need about 20 minutes to cook this. A great energy saver.

I recommend you use a variety of mushrooms, like dried porcini, shitake, portabello, enoki, oyster and plain old trusty white button mushrooms, for extra flavour. If you can get dried porcini mushrooms, rehydrate them by soaking them in water, keep the water and use it as a stock in the ragoût, it adds flavour. I usually use some type of white bean in this recipe, but I have made it with red kidney beans as well as chickpeas and they worked just as well. The recipe is quick and easy and you can make it a day or two in advance, the longer it stands the more the flavours marry and you get this deep intense earthy taste of the mushrooms and beans. I serve it with a creamy pearl barley risotto or soft polenta as a main. I have given the recipe for the pearly barley risotto as I enjoy it more.”


1 tin beans of your choice
1 kg mushrooms of your choice
Pack of dried porcini mushrooms
150ml water
100ml Sauvignon Blanc of your choice
30ml Olive Oil
1 large onion, chopped
6 cloves of garlic, crushed
8 sprigs of thyme
1 very short sprig of Rosemary
¼ tsp of nutmeg
1 tin (65g) Tomato Puree
1 tin Cherry Tomatoes
80ml Cream
Salt & Black Pepper to taste
Fresh Basil

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Awake:The Life of Yogananda – Film Screening

Awake Poster“Using a seamless mix of re-creations and fascinating true footage, this very even-tempered documentary takes its audience all the way through a saint’s life, from his first sensations in the womb to that moment in 1952 when, having recited a poem to a large crowd at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, he exited his body just like that….In between those events he changed the Western world.” – From the Maui Film Festival

Bhakti Marga proudly presents the screening of the documentary film “Awake” on the life of Parahamahansa Yogananda. The screening will take place at venues in both Johannesburg and Durban. Please see below a brief overview of the documentary as well as the attached poster. 

 Awake: The Life of Yogananda” is an unconventional biography about the East Indian mystic who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Paramahansa Yogananda authored the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi” which has inspired millions of people worldwide as well as celebrities Steve Jobs and George Harrison to seek happiness within. By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along the path, Yogananda made ancient Vedic teachings accessible to a modern audience. Known as the “Father of Yoga in the West,” he attracted countless followers in his day. Filmed over three years with the participation of 30 countries around the world, the documentary examines the world of yoga, modern and ancient, East and West, and explores why millions today have turned their attention inward, bucking the temptations of the material world in pursuit of Self-realization.

Please refer to the attached poster for for venue details, specific dates and how to purchase tickets for the screenings in Johannesburg. You may also purchase tickets by following this link: 

In Durban The iZulu Theatre, Sibaya,  will be screening the documentary on the 2nd and 3rd of September at 19:30 for 20:00. For tickets please contact Sue on 0823752471 or Sally on 0746902257. For inquires please send an email to or