Sunday, October 24, 2010
In normal years past I have had some difficulty finding Pine mushrooms (Tricholoma magnivalare) with any degree of consistency. This is obviously not a normal year! I had been told recently by a women who sells mushrooms for a living that every ten years or so there will be a bumper crop of these mushrooms. I'm beginning to think she was telling the truth.
Disclaimer: (It's a noted fact that mushroom gatherers have been known to stretch the truth on occasion)
So far this year I have managed to collect around 25 pounds of these gems and I have broiled, baked, fried, sautéed, steamed, dried and frozen all those that weren't full of worms. Oh yes ... did I mention that insects love these things also? There is nothing more disheartening than cutting into the stem of a Pine and seeing a bunch of little worm holes.
Now I know of people that ignore this fact and cook them anyway claiming the added protein is actually good for you but I'm not one of them .... Most of the protein that passes my lips (at least intentionally) was very recently clothed in feathers .... not housed in a cocoon!!!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Hopefully --- To be Continued ....
Saturday, October 16, 2010
If you have never tasted mushroom soup made with one of these then I suggest it's time you add the experience to your "bucket list". They really do have a unique flavour and smell. The hard part is cleaning the damn things. They are usually full of coniferous needles and spiders. But if you don't mind the extra protein then you don't have to be too fussy .... besides .... just how bad could spiders taste anyway?
Monday, October 11, 2010
Then the quiet is shattered by the sound of a rock smashing into my fence. One of these times I'm going to get lucky enough to hit that damn cat that comes to taunt my Koi ....
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Finally!!! It's taken me a couple of years to find a decent amount of Pine mushrooms (Tricholoma magnivalare) but today made it all worth the wait. My wife and I had been out looking for a Cauliflower mushroom that I had left to get bigger 2 weeks ago when I came across a small fortune in Pines. When I got the bunch home and weighed them I was surprised to find I had collected 7 pounds and 10 ounces of them. Damn! I may have to buy a couple of more trays for my dehydrator to accommodate this bounty.
You know some days just ARE better than others. This was a very good day ....
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
A little carrot ..
a little celery ..
a little onion ..
a couple of diced chicken breasts ..
a little chicken stock
flour for thickening
and a FULL pound and a half of fresh picked Chanterellles!!!
Cover with an appropriate crust
brown until golden ...
Open the Chardonnay ...
What else is left to do on earth? MMMMmmmmm As I said .... Comfort food!
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Once again.... enough butter, salt and pepper would make even mud taste good. Or so I've been told.