What I did with the Chicken of the Woods and St Georges.

 

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Chicken of the Woods has to be cooked very well to avoid stomach cramps so as I was feeding members of the public I always make double sure by frying first till golden, then braising in a little water to steam for a further 15 minutes until water evaporated, defo safe then! At this stage it is then ready for any use.

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Larger pieces of Chicken of the Woods, fried and braised as before but now ready to bread crumb.

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Paneed Chicken of the Woods, yum with wild garlic pesto!

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These are the chopped and fried St Georges, they need to be browned to taste good. A strong mealy flavour some find too much but with the wild garlic and well seasoned its a hit for me! Ready to use in sauces with steak or any meat, but lambs good too one of my favorites as its all in season, I like using multiple ingredients that are in season at the same time, they seem to compliment each other all for the better!

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Sometimes simple is best and nothing beats an honest wild mushroom omelette !

 

 

Chicken of the Woods, Morels and St Georges Mushrooms.

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A young chicken of the Woods tender and soft ready to burst into layers of brackets. Found on Oak, Beach,Cherry, Chestnut and Willow. Also found on Yew in which case is very poisonous, be careful you recognise the dead wood from which you harvest! Cut your specimens from the tree, protecting the mycelium, ensuring they return the following year :-)

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A Common Yellow Morel, although the name suggests they are every where they are the most elusive mushrooms to find! I do not pick these anymore, maybe just one or two if I find a good amount as they are becoming a conservation issue in other parts of Europe, although not an issue here yet but I would like to see the UK remain a good strong hold, so bear this in mind and do not over pick and spread spores through the woodlands with your wicker baskets whist walking  leaving behind the young ones to spore and cut your stems please! I firmly believe that its more important to look after the mycelium’s substrate, hosts for symbiosis and preservation of fungi habitats to reduce the loss of fungi species rather than the risk of over picking but non the less these millions of spores that are released are the future generations of fungi to come which must also be respected :-)

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St Georges Mushrooms. These grow in big rings and one can harvest a kilo or more from one of these big rings, still leaving some behind to spore! Leave the very young ones because they get rather big as adults before they get too maggot ridden. Please cut your stems leaving a plug behind which protects the mycelium below. These rings will keep giving every year as they expand if you take this care, not forgetting the need for this mycelium to be their for its natural cleansing function within your environment.