Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Room for Mushrooms?


It's about this time of year when Peter gets all excited and actually wants to go out for a walk in the woods. The rain has come, the leaf mould is all over the ground and the mushrooms have appeared once again.

Parasol Mushroom
This year, it's a bumper crop. From Fairy Rings in the garden lawn to Parasol mushrooms in the market. Next month Peter will be going on the mushroom identifiers walk once again and this book will be complete with notes on where to find the edible ones.

Fairyring Mushrooms











We had a bit of luck recently on our way up to the Coentral Chestnut Festival - we came across a large Cauliflower mushroom nestling in the woods. A gourmet delicacy we are told! This along with Parasol mushroom from the neighbour’s garden and some Milky caps from the roadside were cooked up for brunch with friends the other day.


Cauliflower Mushroom
Beefsteak Mushroom
Despite having a super book on how to identify the right mushrooms for eating I always worry a little. It's just that there are so many entries in the book which start with 'don't get this confused with the similar looking poison variety'....

Cheating death the neighbours tucked into mushrooms on toast in the November sunshine. Washed down with a little Moscatel at 11am everyone survived the day.


Mushroom three ways


Is it a good time to tell you that I don't really like mushrooms!!!



 And just because I have your attention, here is a photo or two of Lord!