Tuesday, September 25, 2012

FRESH CEPES


On my way to Angouleme this morning I saw the first wild mushroom stand of the season. Hoping for Chanterelles, I stopped by on the way back home.  But the season apparently is not so good and the vendor told me no Chanterelles yet, if any. 
Already preparing a Risotto in my mind, somewhat disappointed I bought some of his so so quality Cepes, which in their own way are just as good as Chanterelles. Strong, earthy mushrooms. Great by themselves, just roasted, as a sauce to go with beef, or in an omelette,  I like them just fine.

The quality  on display though did not impress me much at all and when I saw his pricing....dinner  quickly became leftover soup and an Omelette.
After cleaning the few I did pick, it was just the perfect amount for one Omelette to share with Isabella and some roasted Cepes for Victoria.  
They did not disappoint, we all enjoyed the first wild mushrooms of this fall.. 

This vendor brought them up from the Pyrenees, or so he said. 
I wonder if there is the same racket of mushroom pickers here in France as there is in Austria. Last year the regional government of Salzburg instated a weight limit one person could pick, as some inventive Italians would bring up bus loads of pickers to harvest as much as they could carry, for their own markets back south. 
They showed some ridiculous news clips on TV, where civil servant mushroom Sheriffs roamed the country side, inspecting baskets and bags of unsuspecting mushroom hunters. Only to then let them off with " a warning" this time around. That will scare the Italians.....





ROADSIDE STAND OUTSIDE ANGOULEME

OK BUT NOT GREAT

ALAIN DUCASSE REJECTS?

JUST ENOUGH FOR THE THREE OF US

AFTER LOTS OF CLEANING

SLICE THEM UP

QUICK ROAST IN SOME GARLIC BUTTER

BUT DON'T OVERDO IT

CRACK SOME EGGS, CHOP THE PARSLEY

MAKES A GREAT OMELETTE

ISABELLA LIKED THE FLAVOR

2 comments:

Sheila said...

The recent lack of rain we keep
hearing about no doubt has had
an effect on the quality of the
mushrooms. Trust you're getting
some of the stormy weather that's
now coming in off the Atlantic.
Maybe that'll help.

How is dear little Emily doing?

H.Peter said...

Hi Sheila,

Emily is a trooper. Eating more, coughing less.

yes, it has been raining for the last four days and we hope to see better quality mushrooms soon. And cheaper...