A shortcut to mushrooms
I have so many posts due. I have been tagged by Julie for this lovely meme . Then, there are my experiments with Justin Quek´s ´s book, and my new found love of all things Thermomix. I have a new machine in the kitchen. And most exciting of all, yesterday I received a parcel from Australia.
Just too many things. So for now, I´ll go with the shortest path.
It´s been raining hard for over a week. Some people complain; some, like J, skip about like spring lambs on crack; and some, like me, wait it out with a rug around their knees and a firm hold on the remote.
One thing you´ll never hear me complainin of is what has to be the best possible offshoot of rain.
My neighbourhood market isn´t one of the luxurious ones, and doesn´t have much expensive stuff, but one stall stocks mushrooms in season. It´s right by the door, so I can´t help but stop, every time, just for a handful.
Yesterday they had four types of wild mushroom to choose from. I went with these, níscalos, or lactarius deliciosus, which sounds like dog latin but is the real thing, I promise. They´re the most popular wild mushroom in Spain, easy to spot nestling under a pine tree, all sunny bright orange, and impossible to mix up with poisonous varieties. Not that I go mushroom picking, having far too much respect for my liver ( no Gin&Tonic jokes, if you please).
There are many ways to do these, but I like to sautée them in a little olive oil, and sprinkle them with Maldon salt. They can´t be beat that way. No garlic, no parsley, no eggs, just that crunchy floppy woodsy golden marvel. Make sure you don´t crowd the pan, and don´t shake them about too much at first, so they have time to brown a little. Oh, and I´ve read in several very authoritative places that it´s fine, you can wash mushrooms. They´re all water anyway, it´s all an urban myth about their becoming waterlogged. No more of that nasty crunching teeth on gravel.
If you can´t be bothered to stay in now that the sun is finally out, go to El Cisne Azul, c/ Gravina. It looks grubby, but has the best selection I know, and they grill them to perfection, alongside an egg yolk. Very fascinating. Be sure to rob a couple of banks on the way, though. They don´t take credit cards, and they ain´t cheap.
Posted by lobstersquad at 11:18 a. m.
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Lucky you! I went looking for wild mushrooms last Sunday, and after three hours emerged from the forest with lots of different ones, includig some saffron milk-caps. My favourite way with them is to fry them in some butter and sprinkle with Maldon salt:) Delicious indeed
Que tiempos cuando los cogíamos en el pantano!
this has got to be my new favorite phrase "spring lambs on crack"
man, i can't wait to use that on some co-workers today!
god i do love mushrooms... i love the name of these saffron-milk caps, how, well, loverly!
we're going out for a mushroom tasting menu dinner tonight, complete with truffle martini, can't wait!
They're so pretty! And you're able to buy wild mushrooms at your local market? I'm seriously envious.
Pille: that sounds so much better than going to the market! sadly, I don´t know much about wild mushrooms, so it´d be a bit dangerous. Butter sounds decadently delicious for them, will try.
Xps: ya te digo.
Ann: that´s some tasting menu. looking forward to reading about it.
Julie: it´s really great to find them at the market. I can never resist, especially as last year was such a bad one for mushrooms. And it´s only 5€ or so for a handful that will make a tapa for two, so it´s great every way.
Surprisingly, I can buy wild mushrooms at my local market in Pittsburgh, too..They do cost the earth though, so I don't do it very often. Even when you can get them in the strip district, they are very expensive. But they are emphatically worth it-way more so than, say, a standing rib roast, IMO.
For some reason, the shitakes are usually reasonable. Probably, they are cultivated nowadays, but they make a nice change from the ubiquitious whites and criminis.
I love your drawing. Mushrooms are so beautiful-I especially like the patterns they make when you slice them cross-wise.
Oh, we love mushrooms! I'd love to be able to go out and pick them myself but of course, with a guide who knows mushrooms very well and probably check out that my life insurance covers 'death by mushrooms' first. :)
I love browsing through your drawings. They're very impressive. I saw the postcard you sent a while back and i wished i had received one from you. If i did, i would have framed it! Honestly. No, i didn't participate, sadly. It was a very busy time for me and it went past by me. Sigh.
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