Friday, 18 November 2016

Too late!



Now that the Cèpe season is over (and we haven't had any), the weather has been perfect for all sorts of other mysterious mushrooms. They appear overnight by the tonne.


The lawns are covered with small patches of what looks like wretched Honey Fungus.


And edible Field Mushrooms, that we usually don't eat (see below).


And more wretched Honey Fungus (which are actually edible).

Unfortunately none of the ones we were after have appeared; a bad year for mushrooms.

p.s. I've had a change of heart, and decided that we really should eat our plentiful supply of Field Mushrooms, and here they are (below). We ate them yesterday, for lunch; cooked in garlic butter, of course.






28 comments:

  1. Why don't you like eating Field Mushrooms? I love them. As well as all the other types. Not keen on the tasteless button mushrooms you get in supermarkets.

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    1. We usually don't bother as there are better ones around. We are still waiting for the Dents de Rats; no sign of them yet.

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  2. Garlic, butter and a few herbs. Yum

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    1. They were really very good; I'd forgotten how tasty they are.

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  3. Look delicious. Fresh from the field, garlic , butter.....

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    1. Lovely. And more grown this morning.

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  4. "Wretched Honey Fungus" My new nome de plume I believe. (Did I spell that right? The nuns taught me French, in between ruler beatings.)

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  5. Yes Cro...that looks like Honey Fungus.....
    I presume that it killed the tree whose stump we see in the first picture.
    Glad you decided to use the Field 'Shrooms....use what Nature provides is my line of thought!

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    1. Yes, I felt almost guilty not eating them. It has now been rectified.

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  6. Mmmm - garlic mushrooms - divine !

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  7. Haven't seen many chanterell (eierschwammerl) in the woods this year. We used to collect and eat a lot of them before we discovered they suck up our half-life radiation like nobody's business.

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    1. We had a good crop this year, in Spring. I believe they're also a very good indicator of pollution. Plenty of Girolles, clean air. No Girolles, polluted.

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  8. Rather made my mouth water too. I loved them from the field but supermarket ones are, like so many things, relatively tasteless.

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    1. Supermarket mushrooms and tomatoes should never leave the shelves.

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  9. Maybe we get carried away with the more 'exotic' types and the good old field mushroom gets forgotten !!!! Perhaps it was good that the others didn't appear this year as it's given the field mushroom it's time to shine in the Magnon household !!!!!! XXXX

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    1. It's absolutely that Jacqueline. If we'd had a good Cepe crop I wouldn't have bothered with them.

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  10. The wretched Honey Fungus tastes very good, but some people have a very bad reaction to eating them, becoming quite sick. The only way to know if you are such a person is to eat them. I did, and I am not.

    I saw jars of Honey Fungus pickled in oil on the shelves of a deli here once, and thought that they were taking a huge risk in selling them to the public.

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    1. I've never tasted them, I just think of them as a pest. I imagine any toxins can be removed by processing.

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  11. We are still eating the odd crop of field mushrooms, cooked - as you say - in garlic butter. This has been the best year for a long time.
    My mother always did them with liver and bacon in thick gravy and they used to be delicious.

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    1. We have lots this year, and they seem to be continuing.

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    1. Unfortunately that's true; especially garlic butter!

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  13. Mushrooms in our stir fry tonight with spring onions, yellow pepper, ginger, garlic, tofu and beef-flavoured ramen...

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    1. I was envying you until you got to tofu. Maybe I've never had it prepared properly.

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  14. We used to have loads of field mushrooms in the back field. They are just so tasty - unfortunately they don't grow there any more - mushrooms on toast, you can't beat it.

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    1. Mushrooms are odd little beasts, they come and go at their will.

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