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Salvia, black and blue
The micro strawberry field
Mr. Gnome

October Mushroom Week! Day One: The Golden Chantrelle

Golden Chantrelles, Oregon Coastal Range
Gills (attached and running down stalk)
Chicken and Chantrelle Pot Pie
The day's catch (no more than 30% of total patch)
Dry sautee chantrelles to retain a firm texture

The beautiful golden chantrelle peeks from undisturbed fir needles in back of our little property. What a glorious sight, to happen on a bountiful patch of golden chantrelles. The feeling, after clambering through the branches up the hill and arriving at the top where they were growing in sunny abundance, was like reading Wordsworth’s I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.

When all at once I saw a crowd, a host of golden chantrelles.

To dry sautee chantrelles, brush gently and well. Pull out pine needles (we do this on site, over the ground.) Slice them. Put them in a skillet over medium – medium-high heat. Salt. Stir constantly. The mushrooms will give off liquid. Cook in their own juices until the juice evaporates. Add a pat of butterand cook 5 minutes more. Add garlic (or whatever, or nothing) cook 2 – 3 minutes longer, or until the Room smells so good, it knocks your socks off.

Chicken pot pie was made with sauteed mushrooms, chicken, carrots, potatoes, celery, onion & white sauce in a fresh pie crust.

First Batch of Cob

A cause for celebration! The first cob went on smoothly. After testing the clay around the property, we found the stuff dug out of the foundation was soft, light and a warm, Rosen color. By the driveway, where there was a bit of excavation, the clay was yellow, crumbly and hard on the feet. When the pile is gone, we’ll keep digging for a small pond. In the picture, it looks dark brown, but it will dry lighter. The final plaster layer will contain beach sand, too, so the final color will be close to a warm buff. We buried a little box of little treasures to mark the occasion.