A Walk in the Forest

Yesterday Mr T and I went for a walk in the forest. That’s nothing unusual for us, but yesterday was pretty special as we were there for a mushroom walk organised by Jesper Launder. We’ve been on some of Jesper’s walks before in Didsbury, but as this one was right on our doorstep we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see what Delamere Forest had to offer. We often spot mushrooms under the trees and by the roadside, but apart from the beautiful (but poisonous) Fly Agaric I don’t know many of their names.

Fly Agaric, often found on the roadsides around Mouldsworth

There were about 20 of us on the walk, all keen and enthusiastic despite the threat of rain. The kids seemed to be especially good at spotting the “goodies”, although Mr T did manage to find a rather good haul of Oyster Mushrooms which I can tell you were delicious (Poor Mr T doesn’t like mushrooms, but he does like foraging).

Razor strop mushroom, inedible, but many medicinal uses

Slime fungus, growing on woodchip in Delamere Forest

Hen of the Woods and Hedgehog Fungus

Plums and Custard – beautiful – but sadly inedible

Once home, I cleaned them and fried them up with some of our home grown garlic, parsley, sorrel and breadcrumbs. Served up with mustard mash and some home made redcurrant jelly it was a proper feast!

Jesper is running more walks through the autumn, so do take a look and see if there any near you, tell him Tracey sent you!

Oh – and also on the walk was the lovely Dan (and his family) from the Handmade Bakery in Slaithwaite. They make the most heavenly sourdough bread, if you are ever in the Huddersfield area do make a detour, you won’t be disappointed.

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  1. oooh now this sounds fabulous…..what a brilliant way to spend an afternoon…and all that gorgeousness on our doorstep waiting…..where do I sign…..I am sooo going on the next one x

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  2. I would love to go on a walk like that! I would never eat any mushrooms unless they had been identified by an expert for me – I just think about what happened to the author Nicholas Evans and his family.

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  3. I love rooting out fungi but never eat them, though I love mushrooms. Do you think they’d give me a day off work so I could go on one of these walks?!

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  4. Tracey Todhunter

     /  October 4, 2011

    The walk we went on was on a Sunday – might be worth looking on Jesper’s site to see if there are any near you, he really knows his stuff :)

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  5. You’re brilliant… needed to read that. I saw heaps of ‘shrooms today in Windsor Park, and will upload some photos this week. I didn’t take any, as I’m not YET a proficient forager!

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  6. Tracey Todhunter

     /  October 10, 2011

    Foraging skills improve with practice – and help of someone who knows what they’re doing – I bet Windsor Park is full of stuff!!

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