Monday, September 21, 2020

Hen-of-the-Woods #1

 This is a photo of me at the moment I found my first hen-of-the-woods.  It was sitting at the base of an old oak tree at a bend in the trail, staring right at me.  It wanted to be found.



Thursday, September 17, 2020

Mushrooms of Northwestern Massachusetts

We went on a long, easy hike in the Mt. Greylock area last weekend on a cool morning a few days after some rainfall.  We filled our packs with some choice edible mushrooms.

King Boletes:


Honey Mushrooms:


  These Birch Polypores aren't for the table, but they were extremely beautiful:




We also visited a trusty Chicken-of-the-Woods spot and found a nice bunch.  I got too excited though and forgot to take a photo!  Until next time...





Sunday, September 6, 2020

Peperonata for Breakfast

It's late summer and peppers are abundant at the market.  A few sweet specimens, sliced with an onion and cooked slowly in olive oil, made a delicious breakfast with a few fried eggs this morning.  I added some fresh oregano and a small plum tomato for a lark.



2-3 sweet peppers (preferably a combination of yellow, red, and orange), thinly sliced
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 plum tomato, chopped
chili flakes
oregano
olive oil
3 eggs

Heat olive oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat.  Add the peppers and onion and season with salt and pepper.  Cook until softened, then lower the heat to medium-low.  You don't want to create much if any browning--just slowly cook the peppers and onions to coax all of the sweetness out of them, for about 20 minutes.  Stop here if you wish, or add garlic, chili flakes, and a pinch of fresh oregano, stir for a minute, and then add the chopped tomato and another pinch of salt.  Raise the heat to medium and cook for another 10 minutes or so until the tomato has softened.  Top with a few fried eggs!



Hen-of-the-Woods #1

 This is a photo of me at the moment I found my first hen-of-the-woods.  It was sitting at the base of an old oak tree at a bend in the trai...