It has been raining, it is now warm and a little muggy. The time of year when a girl’s thoughts turn to fungi. After a couple of false starts things looked up a bit when we collected plenty of jelly ear and milk caps. The former are a bit of an acquired taste and I know some people put them in spicy casseroles and soups. Personally I like them dried as a snack. But I do appreciate I am someone of a loner on that front.
Plenty of LBT (little brown things that nobody can be bothered to identify) loads of stinkhorn (shame we can’t find a use for it but even if you can overcome the physical appearance the smell would put you off).
Some inidentifiable Agaricus and then, just as we were on our way back we stopped to let some horses past and I spotted this.
In all my year I have never managed to get a cep as big and as fresh as this. Not a mark on it, not an insect visible. A perfect example of why they are called Penny Buns. This is up there with the 18lb salmon I caught on my honeymoon (and has pride of place in the wedding album!). Now we just have to decide which of our recipes to use, or whether to just have it lightly fried on toast. I’m hankering after Papadelle with cep, sage and pancetta. I even have durum flour for the pasta.