July 05, 2006

The first chanterelles

*singing*
I just love picking yellow chanterelles, yellow chanterelles, yellow chanterelles...

These are our first yellow chanterelles for this year, picked yesterday and eaten (fried with a little butter) today. Usually we can pick the first ones at Midsummer but it has been so cold this spring so they are a bit late. Before I met my man I wasn´t too keen on picking mushrooms. OK, fun when you found some - but how? I never saw them. Fact is, I often stepped on them and crushed them. But he has taught me how to find them and we pick, pick, pick from June to late November sometimes. Our freezer is full of mushrooms and we use them for omelettes, sandwiches, meat stews and sauces. They are also fantastic to have with Jerusalem artichokes. My favourite flavourings with mushrooms are salt, pepper, butter and balsamic vinegar. Mushrooms are really fascinating and these last years I have tried to learn some more edible species although the man is so suspicious of them I have to eat them myself!
Well, that is all for today from the Mushroom department - I am sure I will get back to this subject! Until then, please tell me about your mushroom favourites! I will need a lot of recipes to get rid of all the freezed mushrooms and get room for this year´s crop.

3 comments:

Tanna said...

Oh, you are a lucky woman. I only had my first chanterelles about a year ago. Now, I can say I've had them twice in my life. They are such wonders. And all they need is that butter and salt.

Pille said...

I cannot wait to go and hunt down some fresh yellow chantarelles in Estonia next week!!! I almost wish now that I'd gone straight to Estonia and not spend that weekend in Stockholm:)

Lexi said...

OH can't you teach me how to see and find chanterelles :( I want to have a freezer filled with mushrooms!!!