Mother of all Chanterelles * Los Trancos Trail * Buckeye Creek*
Conditions (rains, temperature) must be right. AC and I went foraging for mushrooms a few times and came back with bags full. We usually pick chanterelles and avoid others. I have occasionally found oyster mushrooms on trunks of trees. They,too, are safe and edible. But the yellow chanterelles are what we look for under oak and redwood trees.
Part of a day's haul © RS
I cook risotto with chanterelles. Chanterelles, with diced potato, onions and thyme, also make excellent soup. You can add cream to give it richness; I use Half and Half. They are great, simply sauteed in butter with chopped chives and put on toasted french bread. And always good with eggs--scrambled or in an omelette.
Buckeye Creek among Oak, Madrone, and Bay Laurel Trees © RS
JHL at Buckeye Creek, January 2006 © RS
Last week JHL and I went hiking up Los Trancos Trail in Foothills Park. We stopped for a picnic lunch alongside Buckeye Creek. The sound of running water was soothing. The air smelled fresh, the trees and shrubs full of lushness. On the way back I saw a glimpse of yellow that didn't look like leaves. Went down the bank and it was the mother of all chanterelles ! Huge. Weighed almost 10 oz.
Mother of all Chanterelles © JHL*
"Nothing exists; all things are becoming"
---Reiho Masunaga, The Soto Approach to Zen
Listening to: Billy's Bounce from the CD titled Tokyo '96, ECM Records 1998
Keith Jarrett - piano
Gary Peacock- bass
Jack DeJohnette - drums*****