Now, it is a little known fact that my first ever published feature as a keen young journalist was on the subject of wild mushrooms. A slightly dangerous subject for a completely unqualified English graduate you might think, but on the plus side, I was dedicated enough back then to actually do some proper research and ended up gleaning some basic mycological knowledge in the process. So when I saw those little brown domes poking out amongst the fallen beech leaves, I was 95% confident I had discovered the great delicacy that is the Penny Bun, also known as ‘ceps’ en Français.
Despite being faced with deep suspicion, after a quick google and creating an insurance policy on instagram I decided to brave it. I call it ‘Cep Surprise’…
Knock me down with a fungus, they were blooming delicious. Ok, I have to admit that I spent the rest of the afternoon slightly worried, but can confidently report I am still alive and well.
I reckon I’m on a bit of a roll with this foraging lark… look what I discovered walking the dog today:
More mushrooms – of varying deliciousness perhaps – but I’m determined to give them a go. Puffball surprise anyone???