Monday, August 3, 2009
Pardus and Livert Discover Gold on the Shores of the Delaware
Just checking in during the busy summer. This weekend was spent with David Livert and his wife at their house on the banks of the Delaware River. Despite beautiful weather for canoeing on Saturday, the rest of the weekend was a series of down pours and fog reminscent of the 1985 floods in Northern California. This reminded me that , contrary to what you may hear about foraging several days after the rains subside, chaterelles do not mind popping their golden heads up in the midst of a deluge.
So, donning shoes we were sure to soak through and attitudes sure not to, we took walk- about, culminating in the discovery of one of the richest chanterelle veins I've ever seen in my life. We spent about 45 minutes on our hands and kness in the same spot, filling 4 grocery bags before deciding that - since we couldn't carry more, we should stop.
Returning to the house for a celebratory libation, we finished the hunt by cleaning and then cooking all of the mushrooms - my logic went like this "What the F are we going to do with all of these? They suck when you dry them and they're too wet to last very long as they are....I got it!....saute in olive oil and butter, reduce resulting liquid, cool and freeze them in portion sized bags for convenient later use".
It's been a wet summer - get out doors and make the most of it!