You will see from the first image in this set that within 2 sq/ft of our lawn alone there are over 7 species of mushrooms (that I can see anyway, I am sure, in fact certain that a mushroom expert would spot double amount) So you will understand with our forest flush with fungal life why we all anticipated our Sunday mushroom study so!
Our day started with a classroom lesson on mushrooms and what we are likely to see right here in our own backyard. We touched, smelled and digested a great deal of information. We then went on a mushroom hunting forest expedition and found all sort of crazy fungi. Both deliciously edible and unimaginably strange and beautiful. The one I found the most striking was the oozing strawberry and cream, the red ooze has been used as a die and it is one of the strangest mushrooms I have ever seen. We picked tons of lobster mushrooms, honey mushrooms, a crazy corral fungi, and dug up maybe a dozen the alluring pine mushrooms. Prized in Japan these very masculine mushrooms were my favourite taste of the day as well as the most challenging find.
After our forest hunt we had a tailgate mushroom tasting complete with wine and yet more myselium knowledge.
We left there having tasted and being able to identify (along with notes pictures and our trusty guide book) a great selection of tasty local options including; Boletes, Lobster Mushrooms, Chantrels, and the pine mushrooms of course.
Right after our day of mushrooming we went to visit “our kootenay parents” the namesake and responsibility was given to some amazing family friends by my partners mother, they had us over for a lovely Sunday dinner, where we enjoyed and entire feast of their plentiful garden. We left them with a good collection of mushrooms to enjoy and while we were there I did a lobster mushroom satay in garlic and butter.. mmm!
Last night I cleaned and sliced the rest our our pine mushroom haul and prepared a delicious asian marinade of garlic, ginger, braggs, rice wine vinegar, and sesame oil. Tonight I will serve these seared over soba noodles with an asian vinaigrette and some other grilled greens.