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Chicken of the Woods

We found a beautiful Chicken of the Woods out in the Peak District last Sunday, growing on an Oak tree. Avoid them if you see them on conifers or yew because they absorb toxins from those particular trees. The younger the specimen the more vivid its colour is, a gorgeous orangey yellow. As the one we found was getting on a bit we cut it in strips then blanched it first before marinating and frying in olive oil – delicious! It has the texture of tofu (or chicken) and absorbs spices well but still has a lovely mushroom flavour.