Forest floor to dinner plate

If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise. And boy was I in for a surprise when Jen suggested we go into the woods to find some mushrooms for our dinner. Now living in a small town in the UK I don’t have much need nor woods to go picking mushrooms at dinner time and I sure have no clue which ones are edible and which ones will make me poorly but luckily I know a woman that does.

6tag_070715-132848We followed a trail along a pretty little spring, which Jen and Natalie did with such grace, I myself looked very much the British tourist karate chopping bugs away ( it would seem I’m rather tasty, as I’ve been bitten a lot already ).

6tag_070715-131735The forest floor is covered in beautiful heart shaped leaves which always make me think of my chap back home.

6tag_070715-132506 This little fella is an old man of the woods and is Safe to eat, but a little hard to see in all the leaves.

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Here is the Amanita muscaria or as I like to call it the fairy tale mushroom. Now naturally I wanted to pick, it’s so pretty and colourful but Jen informed me it was rather poisonous. Mother nature is a cunning lady indeed.

6tag_070715-131326We easily saw 20 varieties growing within a few metres of her home, all so pretty and different. Now I could happily share all my pictures and my new bug bites, I really need to work on my karate chop some more but we should be cooking.

6tag_070715-131453So we scooped up our foraged mushrooms and headed on in.

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With our chicken and prawns, or shrimp to all my international friends slow cooking we washed and chopped our finds and simply fried them with some organic local butter.

6tag_070715-130621Before sitting down to eat on the porch. I have never eaten such lovely tasting mushrooms before, I do believe mushrooms will be on the menu for every meal now.

Please before trying this, do your research as there are so many poisonous varieties and I don’t want you getting poorly.

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