Some people go all gooey at the sight of a new born baby, others drool over boxes of chocolates. Me, I salivate over the above; a few young, fresh, not-too-slug-eaten, Cépes. Heaven!
Contrary to my previous fears, we now have enough Cèpes to dry for winter. They are still to be found, and they are still in perfect condition; although I did find a few old ones this morning that I'd (annoyingly) missed yesterday.
The racks, above, are waiting to go outside into the sunshine. They only take a couple of days to dry out, then I finish them off above our wood fired cooker; one final blast of warmth before they're put away in an air-tight box.
In winter I make risottos with Chicken, rehydrated dried Cèpes, and ordinary mushrooms, and the drying process is specifically for this purpose.