Monday, 8 October 2012

And Beyond Haddock's.



A certain amount of rainfall has meant that food from the wild is, once again, abundant.

Before I took the dogs out for their early morning walk yesterday, Lady Magnon requested Mushrooms on Toast for lunch, so here are the few Parasols, and one lonely Field Mushroom, that I picked whilst out.


She also requested some Chestnuts to be cooked with our Sunday evening roast Chicken, so those were gathered en route too.  I boil them for about ten minutes to remove the outer skin, but leave the inner skin on for their half hour roasting. The inner skin becomes crisp and surprisingly pleasant. Try it.

Thank goodness she didn't ask for roast Venison.... I might still be out in the woods; looking.
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20 comments:

  1. Absolutely pouring here. I'm reluctant even to let the hens out and take the boys for their first walk. They'll just have to cross their legs, and wait a while longer!

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  2. Isn't it wonderful to be able to go out and forage on request - hope you enjoyed your bounty. We have had glorious weather this weekend after a foggy dodgy start but the rain is supposed to be coming in. The motto is make the most of the good weather whilst you can - which I did.

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  3. Musheroomz Meanz Heinz, a million French housewives every day, open up the woods and say ...

    Is that a young Ting Dynasty figure that I spot top right in the musher-oom image?

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    1. I'm not sure what it is. I found it buried in the garden. It could be a very important prehistoric artefact, or it could just be a school-child's throw away bit of modelling. I really ought to find out.

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    2. I too noticed that little figure... it's delightful.. cro could you post another photo just of that????

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  4. Is this the first substantial rainfall for the past few months?

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    1. I think it must be, but it didn't last beyond 8.30 am.

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  5. Back in the UK now for the winter so will have to be content with foraging around the shops in Bath. I know where I'd rather be though.

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    1. There could be some C├Ępes up this week; you've gone back just too early.

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  6. If the lovely Lady M wants venison, please come my way. They are so plentiful that I assure you if you drive your car down one the the state roads, county roads, or the interstate system, you will hit one with the car.
    Lovely mushrooms, Mr M. I wish I got my mushroom bed in, but it was just too blasted hot. Hopefully next year.
    Have a most lovely and productive week, Mr.M

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  7. You are such a good husband, to go out nature shopping for Lady M. And now I am very curious about the little figure. Mushrooms on toast sounds delicious! Do you put them in a sauce?

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    1. No, they were just plain fried, not even any salt.

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  8. What the lady asks for...the lady gets. YOU are a good man indeed Cro.

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  9. The mushrooms look good - when we were in the north we used to pick buckets of them - just the field mushroom and its larger brother the horse mushroom.

    Yes, chard is wonderful - I don't remember it as a child in the U.K. but it was grown in New Zealand when I first arrived and, presumably, had been for many, many years. I like it picked young.

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    1. I think the nearest we came to it was Perpetual Spinach; but Chard itself, I don't remember it either.

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  10. I say! Lady Magnon is very well looked after!

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    1. PAMPERED is the word you were looking for, Kim!

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  11. I'm just so dam' BRITISH! I look at the mushrooms growing as I walk by and think "Oh but they might be poisonous!" and I leave them where they are. I don't have the - I don't know what! - to pick them.

    I did forage some hard pears. Any idea what to do with them?!

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