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.