September Fungus Forays

As part of the fantastic New Mills Festival Bengt will be doing two accompanied Fungus Forays again this year. Last year the event proved to be so popular an extra date had to be fitted in! The walks will take place on Sunday September 23rd and Sunday September 30th, last approximately 2-3 hours and include a taste of a wild mushroom dish at the end.

Tickets are £5, concessions £3 and children free.

For more information and details of how to book a place go to the Festival Website:

www.newmillsfestival.com

 

Chanterelle

I’m delighted to have Angela Leighton’s permission to reproduce her beautiful poem, featured in the Review section of the Guardian last Saturday.

Chanterelle

L’incanto, se non il canto. Montale

Apricot flesh, a fluted neck,
leaf-mould grown to a perfect ear-lobe,
cocked, a queer hat, horn of gold,
a honeycomb on its own foothold,

 

and light-lorn in a trash of leaves
this fat of the earth, sumptuous geste,
thumbing its right to stop my step,
trusting a name to sing of itself:

 

and ‘sing’ is exact – a top-string A
pitched in thin air, as clear as day,
draws out the chant in enchantment’s weather,
and makes a sound, a little singer.

• from The Messages by Angela Leighton, published by Shoestring Press at £9

Mushroom season at last!

It’s the most exciting part of the year now for us mushroom pickers, as more and more mushrooms start popping up in the forests and fields. Keep an eye out for chanterelles, or Forest Gold as they’re often called in Sweden. We were out in the Peak District yesterday evening and found more than enough for breakfast. They are classed as a beginner’s mushroom, easy to identify and with no nasty lookalikes. When you’re picking wild mushrooms it’s best to cut the bottom of the stem off while you’re still in the woods to avoid getting soil on the rest of your harvest, and blow or brush to clean them. Keep refrigerated when back home, and fry until soft in butter before using them in omelettes, soups or sauces or au naturelle of course!

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.

Free Range Review

I’ve added Get Funghi’s details to the Free Range Review (www.freerangereview.com). This website is linked to Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage site, and is there to promote local food producers and suppliers. You can search by postcode and check out and review what’s available in your local area. Do have a look and feel free to review us if you’d like to!

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