Monday, September 20, 2010

Fall Flush

A heavy rain together with warm days and we've been enjoying the Fall flush of mushrooms -- shitake mushrooms. I came home after my writing class to see mushrooms spread out on every surface in the kitchen and have been drying them for later use.

A few days later -- there were more and I managed to remember to  get a picture.
A nice little harvest, but nothing like the earlier one. Still, with a few garlic chives ...
two fresh eggs and a bit of butter . . .
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some Cherokee Purple tomatoes on the side and I have a fine brunch.
  The winner of the drawing for a signed copy of THE DAY OF SMALL THINGS over at Poe's Deadly Daughters is Iil Gluckstern -- who needs to get in touch with me!
There'll be another chance to enter another drawing tomorrow~
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21 comments:

Marilyn said...

How wonderful your meal looks, your photos are lovely. I don't know enough about mushrooms to know which ones are safe to eat so I leave them well alone. I have just googled for shiitake mushrooms growing naturally in NZ and see that they do, I never knew that before.
How funny - the word verification is SHIES - how appropriate for me when it comes to mushrooms.

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Martin H. said...

Brunch doesn't come much fresher than that, Vicki! Looks very tasty.

Pat in east TN said...

That looks, and sounds, totally yummy!

Brian Miller said...

mmm...that sounds (and i bet smells) wonderful...love some fresh mushrooms...

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Fabulous meal Vicki. Lucky you with those gorgeous mushrooms and a Cherokee Purple tomato, my favorite. Now that's eating!
Sam

Bouncin' Barb said...

I have never heard of a Cherokee Purple tomato. From the looks of it my mouth is watering. Great pics. I can actually imagine the smell of that cooking.

Vicki Lane said...

Marilyn -- these aren't wild mushrooms -- my husband inoculated the logs with 'store-bought' shitake spawn. So we feel pretty safe in eating them.

I love the 'Full English Breakfast' with the grilled tomatoes and mushrooms -- this is a lighter version ;-)

Star said...

Your garden must be so full of fairies with all those mushrooms to hide beneath. I have lots of mushrooms in my garden too (wink).
Your brunch looks delicious!
Blessings, Star

NCmountainwoman said...

It must do a body good to sit down to a meal and know that you provided every bit of food. From your own chickens and garden. It looks yummy. Interesting about the shitakes. I might have to try that myself.

Ms EM said...

I need to visit! I would love to know a good shroom from a bad one! BTW - invite me when dinner is ready, I'll bring a "Middle Sister" wine!

Marilynne said...

I've never eaten just mushrooms as a meal. I wouldn't know which ones are safe to pick. However, you make them look mighty tasty.

Friko said...

I am never brave enough to use mushrooms I find unless I absolutely know what they are.
I wish I were brave because now is the time to and pick them; mushrooms from buckets in dark cellars are never a patch on wild ones.

Louise said...

I didn't know you could inoculate an area with spawn! I'll have to look into that for next year.

willow said...

Ooo...my mouth is watering!!!

Vicki Lane said...

One inoculates the logs -- I did a pretty complete post on it a while back -- or you can google Fungi Perfecti which is where we got our spawn.

Elora said...

Yum! We're coming up on one of my favorite times of year--fall and right after a rain when the puffballs emerge! I have a six-inch diameter puffball last year. They are sooooo good!

Love the Shitakes, too. Lucky you!

Elora

Kristen Haskell said...

That meal looks wonderful. I love mushrooms. YUM

Victoria said...

Oooh, that looks good! My mouth is watering!

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

Vicki -- Lovely fresh lunch to enjoy from nature's bounty -- barbara

Michele said...

I tried mushroom spawn years ago and it was a dismal failure. Your husband must have a green (brown?) thumb. With all the rain we've had all summer our backyard is hosting at least 8 varieties of mushrooms and I'm afraid to try all of them. Your tomatoes sound so exotic.