I Finally Found Some!

Yes… I finally found morels here on the coast!!! But I kind of cheated, in that I myself did not find them nor pick them.  We were visiting a friend who had broken her ankle and while we were visiting,  her daughter and son came in toting a shopping bag that seemed somewhat full, and heavy.

Our friend asked her daughter, ” did you go to the place I told you, and did you fins anything?” Her daughter came over and said with a sheepish grin, “yes, you should see what we found”. She then proceeded to open the bag and show us her find.

This is what she found

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What a haul! One was a cluster of 7 morels growing out of one stem.

In addition to that find of morels, my friend’s son pulled out another bag which was full of stinging nettles.  My friend is an avid wild forager, not only mushrooms but also edible and medicinal plants that grow here on the coast.

Our friend generously offered us some of her bounty, which of course I accepted.

Last night I made a dish that combined steamed fresh asparagus, placed raft style on a plate; then covered in morels that I had lightly floured and sauteed in chicken smaltz.  removed them from the pan, de-glazed with  white wine, added some chicken stock and 2 crushed cloves of garlic; added the mushrooms back to the pan and reduced the liquid by half; topped the layers of asparagus and morels with two poached eggs and a drizzle of black truffle oil.

It was fantastic!!!

I also got a recipe for Dandelion Honey…. take a good couple of hand fulls of dandelion flowers, pluck out the yellow petals and put in a pot… add one L of water and bring to the boil… let steep over night and then strain out the petals and press the liquid from them.  Add on kilo of sugar and put on the heat and cook until thick and syrupy… not too long as it will turn to candy. Put in jars and then use as sweetener for tea, on yogurt or on pancakes and waffles.

Here is a picture of my dandelion honeyDSCN1412

I have never made this before, but it looks cool and I think that some of this in the middle of the long dark winter will be very welcome.  Also, keeps your danelion’s from spreading too far.