Monday, 18 October 2010

Foraging


Orange peel mushrooms, originally uploaded by Fabric Nation.

We spent a lovely day out in the woods and with the help of a local fungi expert, picked an exotic collection of edible mushrooms, including these beautiful orange peel fungi.

We didn't pick this one.

And this one had an unpleasantly lingering spicy after taste...

They had wonderful names, like this one, called Elf Saddle...

And we found all of these...

Which we cooked up into a delicious forest picnic.

We added some garlic and thyme, but the best flavour was knowing we had picked them all ourselves (after our fungi expert double checked we hadn't snuck anything deadly into our baskets). A perfect autumn picnic.

4 comments:

kirsty said...

Sounds wonderful! The one that you didn't pick doesn't look real! It could be straight out of Enid Blyton's 'The Enchanted Wood'!

veryberryhandmade said...

Wow! I would love to learn more about fungi... it looks like you had a great time.

claire platt said...

How exciting! I really want to go on a foraging trip near me a mushroom one would be great as I have no idea what I'm looking at when I see them so I assume all are scary!

The orange peel ones look amazing!

Fabric Nation said...

It was really good fun, I was amazed how many different types there were in one place. We had a very good guide for the day, Geoff Dann http://www.wildmushroomsonline.co.uk/Geoffs-Column-A-Foragers-Notes/index.php