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Saturday, 3 September 2011

Magic Mushrooms

Mixed woodland mushrooms: chanterelle, cep, slippery jack
It's Flavour Fortnight in Dumfries & Galloway from 3rd - 18th September.  I'm hoping to get to a few events although I'll only be able to do so at the weekends.  The first thing that caught my eye was the Fungi Foray run by Galloway Wild Foods, it's on next Sunday 11th September.  But when I looked closer it is quite far from home (Dumfries & Galloway is about 100 miles end to end), so instead I decided to go for the 'Art of Fungi' event today in Dumfries.

The Art of Fungi is a unique collaboration between Galloway Wild Foods,  Devorgilla Gallery and leading Scottish and Dumfries & Galloway based artists.  The paintings, prints and sculptures are inspired by mushrooms but there was also a talk by Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods.

Fly Agaric
Mark was an entertaining speaker and told us about the mushrooms that could be found in the fields and woods in Scotland.  He also cooked some chanterelle mushrooms in butter, added some sea beet (an ancient type of spinach found by the sea) and creme fraiche and served it to us on vol au vents.  

He also cooked boiled the hallucinogenic Fly Agaric in water for 15 minutes, drained out the water and was able to eat the cooked mushroom without ill effect. 

It was an excellent introduction to foraging and whetted my apeptite for more.


At 3 September 2011 at 21:18 , Blogger Net said...

That sounds really interesting Janice. Sounds scary eating the fly agaric though! I wonder who was brave enough to try it the first time?!

At 4 September 2011 at 00:32 , Blogger Traceyr said...

Those mushrooms in the second photo look like something fairies would sit on Janice tee hee. Does sound interesting though.


At 4 September 2011 at 12:28 , Blogger Chele said...

What a fantastic idea and such clever people to have the time and patience to create such masterpieces too.

At 4 September 2011 at 15:39 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

Sounds really interesting Janice ~ here in France if you find any mushrooms, you can take them to a chemist to see if they are okay to eat or not! I LOVE the fairy ring mushrooms in the second photo.

At 5 September 2011 at 06:01 , Anonymous Tadka Pasta said...

Very interesting post! We saw some wild ones on a hike this weekend. Wonder if they were edible :)

At 5 September 2011 at 11:17 , Blogger MeLikeyUK said...

Wow! Really original. Nice way to combine food and art. I love the fact that he introduces sea beet to the recipe too. A great discovery!

At 6 September 2011 at 12:39 , Blogger Hannah said...

This sounds great - mushrooms are so hard to identify so I'm looking to go on a guided foraging walk to learn more.

At 6 September 2011 at 13:19 , Anonymous Selina said...

Sounds great and interesting im thinking about doing a foraging day close to me in october time! Who knew there's so much variety out there!

At 8 September 2011 at 11:26 , Anonymous Devorgilla Gallery said...

So glad you enjoyed it Janice :) What a great blog you have here! Hopefully see you in the gallery sometime soon...

At 8 September 2011 at 21:51 , Blogger Jacqueline Meldrum said...

That sounds like a good thing to do.

I prefer to eat mushrooms, but these are pretty amazing.

I would always be to nervous to pick mushrooms out in the wild without an expert.

At 10 September 2011 at 16:32 , Blogger mushroom mark said...

Hi Janice,

I was the Galloway Wild Foods nutter who ate the fly agaric and enthused about wild mushrooms! Thanks for blogging about the day, and I hope you can make one of my proper forages soon. If anyone would like to read more about the background to the exhibition and other foraging stuff I get up to, there is a blog at Rachel from Devorgilla gallery will also be writing a blog with pictures from the exhibition soon.

At 10 September 2011 at 16:41 , Blogger mushroom mark said...

Hi Janice,

I was the nutter who ate the fly agaric and enthused about wild mushrooms. Thanks for blogging about the exhibition, and all the nice comments. This really was 'living art' - the gallery was closed on Sunday and when they went back in on Monday many of the mushrooms had 'hatched' and the place was full of maggots and beasties! The whole lot had to be rapidly binned. If anyone wants to read more about the "inspiration forage" and other things I get up to have a look at this blog:
I hope you can make one of my proper outdoor forays one day. As a creative foodie, i'm sure you will be hooked pretty quick!


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