Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Gale Force Winds and Wood Blewits

For the last couple of days we have been having gale force winds and rain.  But then, all of a sudden the sun comes out for a few minutes.  However, don't get used to it because usually within just a few minutes the wind and the rain is back.  Facing that, I have spent most of my time in the boat being domestic:  cooking, crocheting and laundry.  I enjoy two out of the three so that isn't too bad.

Yesterday, during one of the sunny periods, I took a cloth bag and went to harvest some mushrooms I had spied on one of my walks.  I had done some online research after said walk and I was 99% sure I had correctly identified them as wood blewits which are quite common in England, in season now, and are excellent to eat.

However, after picking them I made one last check to make sure I had identified them correctly.  I did a spore print.  If they were wood blewits their spore print would be very light pink to light beige.  If they were the look alike that we don't want to eat, the spore print would be brown.

Upon checking this morning, we had a light pink/beige spore print.  Yeah!  So I have spent time today cleaning them and dry frying them in preparation to freezing them.  I see some stroganoff in our future and some other wonderful recipes yet to be decided.

I am also making some double chocolate chip cookies that are smelling wonderful and calling my name.  Sorry to run and eat but a girl has to do what a girl has to do. :-)

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