For many people, their first experience of wild mushrooms are the dried porcini most supermarkets sell, in varying qualities. If you’ve tried ours, or the Forest Mix, you’ll know that the smell and taste should be sweet and almost nutty, and the mushroom should be firm and free from obvious signs of insect infestation. Winter Chanterelles, however, or Yellow Legs as they are called in the states, are very rarely sold fresh or dried here in the UK so most people who come to our tasting sessions have never eaten them before. It’s one of our favourite mushrooms, with a real earthy, forest floor aroma and tang quite different to the milder porcini, and the strong flavour complements other strong tastes like a good mature cheddar or steak. In Sweden it’s often served as an accompaniment to wild meats like venison or reindeer.
The good news is that there are a couple more opportunities coming up to try one (or several!) of our wild mushroom toasties for yourself and see if it becomes your new favourite mushroom. This Saturday, November 24th, we’ll be running a cafe with a Swedish theme at Made in New Mills annual Christmas Art & Crafts Show in Providence Church Hall, Mellor Rd, SK22 4DP between 10am and 3pm, so come and do your Christmas shopping and stay for toastie and a glass of mulled wine as well!
After Christmas we’re really looking forward to doing our first tasting at Fosters Fine Foods and Flowers in Chapel, run by the super enthusiastic chef and food fanatic, Jason. We’ll be there on Saturday January 12th 2013, more information on precise timings to follow soon.