Sorry, I am behind on blogging and have a backlog of posts I want to put up! Let's start with MORELS...
I was all excited the other day because I found two morel mushrooms near our woodlot.
Now, I would never pick and eat a mushroom without getting an expert identification, except for puffballs. They are huge and unmistakeable and nothing else around here looks like them!
But I wasn't about to chow down on these until I checked with my friend Ronna. Not only does Ronna have a duck named after her (our Muscovy who is about to hatch out nine eggs!), she also wrote and illustrated the book Wild in the Kitchen: Recipes for Wild Fruits, Weeds and Seeds.
When I sent her the photos of my two morels, she confirmed their identity and told me to EAT THEM! They were already getting a little aged, so I went back yesterday and cut them off close to the ground.
The final proof that they are morels ? Hollow insides:
As per Ronna's suggestion, I sautéed my two little darlings in butter and Gordon and I had a very nice afternoon snack:
Delicious! I sure hope I find more of these on our farm.
Now, I don't advocate picking and eating wild mushrooms unless you are 100% sure they are safe. There are false morels out there and you don't want to be eating those. But because I had Ronna helping me out, I felt confident about eating these.
Heaven on a plate!