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Saturday, May 09, 2009

score one for me


M
ushrooms are finally starting to pop up and after three trips to my secret location it finally paid off with some wine caps. I have posted about these a lot and I have mentioned mushroomlandia a lot so there is little need for me to link them for you. The caps were so big that even with careful handling they did not survive even being picked. A couple of these caps were easily ten inches in diameter and as soon as I touched them they broke.



Not wanting to waste a thing of beauty I even used the stems. I peeled away the outer layer and diced them up with a little fresh thyme and sauteed them with olive oil.



I served them over some polenta cakes and kicked them up a little more with a drizzle of porcini oil.



I couldnt wait to taste my first 'fresh' wild mushrooms of the season and trust me waiting all winter long was worth every bite. I am going out again today to my other 'secret' location - we shall see.

22 comments:

Jill said...

Can I please live with you?! This looks fantastic. You always make me ridiculously hungry!

Pooja said...

That looks yummy! Feels great to have freshly picked mushrooms! Wish I had few here :)

buffalodick said...

That's the trouble with mushroom hunting- One day nothing, two days later, same spot is covered with them!

Harmony said...

Looks great. I can't wait to see what you come home with this time.

doggybloggy said...

jill: I could feed you but I dont know about supporting your shoe habit..

pooja: nothing like fresh wild mushrooms....

buffalo: one mans trouble is another mans feast - I see no touble in that..

harmony: if I come home with any....

LK- Healthy Delicious said...

wow! this looks divine!
i went mushroom hunting once, but it was when I was a kid and hated mushrooms so I didn't eat any of what we came back with.

Jill said...

I'll take care of the shoe habit...I have my ways

Anette said...

Now you are in mushroom heaven!! This is the first of several mushroon delight's in your house I presume! Does your pup like them?

Spin said...

I tried cooking with polenta once. It's wasn't my best. But this looks really good with all the fresh yummy wild mushrooms!

Sweta said...

Firstly-what happened to Maverick? :(
Secondly,my son and I finally share something in common-our love for mushrooms(no idea when he'll stop liking it-he's in his terrible 2's!!)So don't be surprised if you find us following you to your secret destination ;)

Charlotte said...

I love mushrooms, but I always buy them. I have never been brave enough to go mushroom hunting. My mother scared me away from that when I was small.

Jenn said...

you've hit the motherload!! And simply prepared. Love it!

Tangled Noodle said...

Nice! I don't trust myself to pick mushrooms in the wild so it'll have to be store-bought. Would it be terrible if I make this with my cornmeal mush? 8-)

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Lucky you - Is that secret location anywhere near me?

Dawn said...

hey those stems might make for an awesome mushroom bisque, right? grind em up?

lisaiscooking said...

Wow. Lucky you! They look great!

doggybloggy said...

healthy: how about now - do you like them?

jill: I am sure you have it all figured out

anette: no, he doesnt like the texture....

spin: you have to let it cool over night to be able to cut it

sweta: I feel funny with that avatar - how cool that your 2 year old likes mushrooms because my 11 year old never has...

charlotte: find a couple that are easy to find and identify and go from there

jenn: not the motherlode but getting there - search 'wine cap' in my blog to see 'motherlode'

tangled: cornmeal mush IS pretty much polenta isnt it?

chow: maybe.....I found violets though after you mandated that we do

dawn: I usually dry them and use them in broths that way

lisa: its the fungal season!

pigpigscorner said...

Mushroom hunting! I've yet to try that. Love mushrooms and can't wait for more yummy mushroom dishes!

Reeni♥ said...

Your attentiveness paid off! This looks great - two beloved ingredients meet and it's love.

Marjie said...

I know this made your day for at least a week! Your pictures are almost good enough to make me want to consume fungus...

TavoLini said...

Very impressive!! Mushrooms look great--good idea with the polenta cakes. This looks fantastic! Remind us to come to NY during mushroom season...

we are never full said...

so simple and fresh - love this.

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