We’re looking forward to doing a mushroom tasting on home ground tomorrow, Sat 10th November at Doc Greens, Union Rd, New Mills. If you haven’t tried our delicious Winter Chanterelle mushroom toasties before get yourself over to try one – you’re welcome too if you have tried them already!
Have a look at the fantastic range of fresh and dried produce they have here.
Wild mushroom toasties! Praze! What a combination. Don’t forget to come and see us, Tracy & Sarah in their delightful deli on Glossop’s main shopping street, between 11 and 2 tomorrow. Toastielicious!
Have a look at their Facebook page here!
Had a trip down (up?) to Chorlton today to deliver some new stock to Jay & Steve at Hickson & Blacks on Barlow Moor Rd. What a great shop, with a fantastic selection of cheeses, meats, pastas and other nice things to eat. Mmm! Have a look at their lovely website….http://hicksonandblacks.co.uk/
We’re going to be serving our popular wild mushroom toasties and selling a fresh batch of this season’s mushrooms hot off the drying racks on:
Saturday 3rd November from 11-2, Praze, HighSt West, Glossop
Monday 5th November from 11-2, On the Eighth Day, Oxford Rd, Manchester
Saturday 10th November from 10 – 1, Doc Greens, New Mills
It’s always lovely to meet friends old and new and share mushroom stories with enthusiasts so we’re really looking forward to the events. Hope to see some of you there!
We’ve had a great autumn this year. Some local fungus forays, a couple of Gather and Cook breaks and a plentiful harvest of Winter Chanterelles, porcini and ceps to sell over the next year. There’s a new gallery of photos of our weekends here in Sweden on the website, and the dates of next year’s courses too. If you have a group of at least six you plan to travel with and those dates aren’t suitable, do get in touch with us in case we can work something out. Don’t forget that you can always send us some photos of a specimen (hat and stem) with some information about where it was growing if you need help identifying it. Happy mushroom hunting!
Our home town of New Mills is fairly buzzing at the moment while the Festival is on. Two weeks of fantastic arts, music and other events really put the place on the cultural map. This weekend is especially busy for us as we always do the catering for the popular Arts and Crafts Fair ‘Made in New Mills’ which takes place this Saturday 22nd September from 10am – 3pm. Wild Mushroom toasties anyone?
Then on Sunday afternoon it’s the first of our Fungus Forays, through the fields and woods of New Mills, ending at the White Hart Pub where we’ll examine our harvest and have a taste of Winter Chanterelle mushroom soup. It’s going to be exciting seeing what’s growing around here this year – last year we found a nice selection of porcini and ceps, waxcaps, and russulas for instance. Both dates are fully booked now and we’re always really pleased that so many are interested in learning more about beginners edible mushrooms – apologies to all those we had to turn down, hopefully we will see you next year!
For more information about New Mills Festival click here.
We had a great week with some guests from the UK on their first trip to Sweden. The weather gods smiled on us and we picked and sampled a good range of delicious edible mushrooms including chanterelles, hedgehog mushrooms, winter chanterelles, ceps, and russulas, both on their own and in some very tasty dishes such as mushroom risotto and Schnitzelled Hedgehogs – recipe to follow! Bengt wasn’t joking when he said at the beginning of the week that there would be a little test and we were very proud of our students who successfully managed to identify three main characteristics of five of the beginners mushrooms we’d found. There are photos and updates on our Facebook page if you want to read a bit more about our outings, and do get in touch if you want more information about coming to Sweden with us to gather and cook your own mushrooms!
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!
We’re happy to be back on the beautiful West Coast of Sweden enjoying the sunshine and sea air and of course having plenty of excursions into the woods to see what’s growing. We’ve found a fair few Porcini or Penny Bun to give it it’s English name, some lovely Chanterelles and Hedgehog Mushrooms, and even some large Winter Chanterelles which don’t usually appear this early!
For more pictures of the mushrooms we found have a look at our Gallery page.