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Out in the woods in Sweden part 2!

While on a short trip to Stockholm we took the chance to explore the forests of Södermanland, a beautiful county stretching from the coast around the capital city inland westwards. Woodland there is both extensive and mixed, with deciduous and coniferous trees hosting a great diversity of wild funghi, and we weren’t disappointed. Within minutes of stepping under the canopy of trees we started finding chanterelles, some up to 15cm in diameter, and managed to pick 6 kilos in a very short time. But the best was yet to come, in the form of a large swathe of Horn of Plenty mushrooms, dramatic looking black trumpets nestling among the undergrowth, also known by its French name Trompette de Mort. This mushroom is highly prized and is delicious both fresh and dried. We lightly fried some in butter and garlic, then stirred in to egg tagliatelle with olive oil, salt, black pepper and a little finely chopped parsley – quick, simple and extremely tasty!