Monday, 29 August 2016

Delicious!

A couple of days of warm weather, a good downpour and the end of Summer always mean just one thing up here on our farm..........field mushrooms.
I had just begun to prepare chicken thighs for today's lunch when the farmer came through the door with four pounds he had picked in our fields.

All thoughts of chicken thighs were abandoned.   Friend W was e mailed to come and collect some (I know she loves them), as I write this my son is on his way round to have some and we shall offer some to our neighbours later on this afternoon.

I put a mixture of rape seed oil and olive oil in a pan, added a good blob of butter and a teaspoon of lazy garlic and let it cook gently for a couple of minutes, then added the mushrooms and cooked on a high heat for five minutes.  They made their own glorious liquid - and they tasted like heaven.   Nature's bounty indeed. 

Derek has reminded me (thanks Derek) that there is a programme on BBC Four at eight o'clock tonight.   If you want to see the area where I live, this is the one for you:   All aboard!   The Country Bus is a journey through the Yorkshire Dales.

25 comments:

Fairtrader said...

Well, I Could get a bad case of envy here, but that wouldn't do any good. I am a very very poor mushroomfinder and even worse to tell good from bad. One of my friends always say: Well, you can eat all mushrooms but some you only eat once. I love mushrooms of all kinds but I prefer someone else to do the picking for me. I would give a lot to have a Farmer making his rounds and presenting a pound like that. You are lucky, it looks very delicious !!! What a great day you had there!!

Terry and Linda said...

I wish I knew how to find good mushrooms; I'm so afraid for finding toadstools

Linda

Derek Faulkner said...

Lucky you, normally by now my partner is making loads of lovely mushroom soup, we picked a large baker's breadbasket full last year, but this year I think she is gonna be disappointed, the fields are like concrete.

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Mmmmm... The best foodis usually the simplest.

Librarian said...

Thank you for the TV tip - if I can watch it on the internet, I will! (Can't receive BBC normally on my TV here in Germany.)
Mushrooms are great, aren't they, and your way of preparing them is very similar to what my parents used to do with them when we still went out as a family to find mushrooms in the woods.

Joanne Noragon said...

Mushrooms, butter, lovely bread to sop up the juice. Divine!

A Heron's View said...

I have a great liking for field mushrooms and even some of the small ones are quite nice too, unfortunately eating any type can only be done for a short while before having to take copious amounts live organic yogurt !

Heather said...

What a delicious treat - 'real' mushrooms. I can't remember the last time I tasted them. My mother and I once gathered so many we could supply the neighbours too.
I am sadly too late for the country bus. Perhaps I can see it on Catch Up TV.

Rachel said...

I do not know one mushroom from another. It is therefore not safe for me to gather them and unless I buy them from Waitrose we do not eat them. In fact we do not really eat any at all because it usually ends up in an Alka Seltzer later for one or both of us. I am pleased that you enjoyed them all the same.

Tom Stephenson said...

Thems looks like they could be Horse Mushrooms - as big as dinner plates, some of un.

angryparsnip said...

Yum That looks so good.
I wish I could see the show.
But I have lovely memories of driving all around your area when I went to see son who was at Cambridge studying.
That was such a long time ago. I wish I could visit again.

cheers, parsnip and thehamish

Sue said...

I missed the bus! I would have enjoyed the ride.

Mary said...

Wish I could have taken that bus tour also! I would have asked them to detour down your lane!

Always picked field mushrooms with my mum growing up just a short walk from the rolling Devon fields. Always went early morning in Summer - about 5 am - apparently to get them prior to the dairy cows stepping on them.
Made the best breakfast ever alongside a scrambled egg and toast - I can almost taste them now.

Mary -

donna baker said...

Pat, I have always wanted to pick my own mushrooms, but alas, I'd probably pick the poison ones. I'd have liked those you fixed over pasta or rice.

Mac n' Janet said...

Love mushrooms, how lucky you are to be able to pick your own.

Terra Hangen said...

The mushrooms sound delicious and from here in the USA I will search for the BBC4 show The Country Bus.

Barbara Womack said...

My husband will be SO jealous of your mushrooms!
I'm trying desperately to find out how to watch "the Country Bus" so I can visit your part of the world virtually/vicariously.

Frances said...

You've gotten my full attention with this post, Weaver.

I like mushrooms very much, and yet have never been able to join any of my UK mushroom hunting friends on woodland hunts. On one visit, I was just a week too late. But too late means nothing to find.

What is lazy garlic? Does that mean garlic gently cooked?

I've just finished a delicious pasta supper, and somehow already wish to prepare another dish with freshly picked mushrooms.

xo

Unknown said...

Wasn't the Country Bus programme lovely. Honeymooned at the Fountain Hotel in Hawes 65 years ago and explored the area by motorbike : .it was like stepping back to that time as the countryside is still unspoiled. Would love to walk the Roman road from Hawes to Brainbrigg again and see Semerwater.....Oh dear, that bus programme has made me wistful.

Cro Magnon said...

The very thought of mushrooms over here is bizarre. It is SO dry, and no rain in sight. No doubt we'll have a belting storm one day soon and our Cepe mushrooms will grow, but until then.....

thelma said...

Just loved the 'Country Bus', silently, except for the swish of tyres it rolled so slowly through the magnificent Yorkshire Dales countryside, the hawthorn in blossom a calming tv programme. Reminds me of all the 'slow' movements that have sprung up over the years.

Derek Faulkner said...

Thoroughly enjoyed the "Country Bus" programme, judging by the May blossom it was filmed in that month,or early June. Did it go anywhere near you.

Elizabeth said...

Sounds delicious!

The Weaver of Grass said...

First of all - that programme. Interesting that you all seem to have enjoyed it if you watched it. Interestingly the four of us who went out for our Tuesday coffee this morning, all found it wanting. Firstof all we saw far too much of the driver sitting at the wheel rather than the countryside he was driving through and secondly - there were so many interesting things by the side of the road that we waited to see only to find that the camera was either on the other side of the road, or on the driver's face. So as far as we were concered not very good I'm afraid.

As to whether it came anywhere near to us. The bus drove through Swaledale (although it never told you that) and we live on the edge of Wensleydale - the nearest you came to us was about six miles away (on the journey into Reeth) but the Buttertubes Pass (which I have show you on my posts many times) does come over into Wensleydale and Hawes (which you hardly saw at all in spite of it being a lovely little town) is in Wensleydale. As to the viaduct, where the journey finished, you have seen that a lot on various posts when friend W and I have gone over to meet our friends in Kirby Lonsdale.-

Thanks for the mushroomy comments - hopefully there will be more yet!

Derek Faulkner said...

Guess that's often the way when you know and area, "why didn't they show this and that" - but for us non-Dales people it was visually very good.