Monday, October 09, 2006

A dangerous work

Picking Mushroms

Sunday October 8 we wake up with a clear, blue and Sunny Sky. It was in great contrast to the former grey and rainy days. So we descided to bring our baskets and knifes into the Forest. A Forest created for Mushroms and Moose and Deers.

The first weekend in the hunting season. We must be mad! Taking risk not only by picking mushroms, but also could we be taken for large animals and been shot at. Then it's wise to keep to the old rule: Wear something RED. We did, but Sylvi that did not know we would take the tour into the Forest, was dressed more discrete. The other thing we were warned about is the Fact the Forest Authorities here, have set out animal (predator) traps. Scary? No, the Forest Bottom is very naked from other vegetation, in other word: Easy to step and see and find and pick mushroms.

The Forest was absolutely plentyful of Mushroms, only the fact we only are 100% sure about 3 types, kept us from a very short tour. The 3 sorts we are sure about is:

Chanterelle, Trumpet Chanterelle
and Hedgehog

At the end of the day, we've stayed 90 minutes in the Forest and 90 minutes rincing the mushroms at our platform (or veranda). To be in October, it was warm with temperature close to 20 C ( 70 F). Even the Virginia creepers, covering our peartree, looked heathed.

To day I brought 6 portions of mushroms to our freezer in our Winterhome.

PS. Today the Compose Modul refused to upload photos, but click on the links instead.


Blogger Expat Traveler said...

wow - now that does sound like a good time, but a bit risky and scary. I've never picked mushrooms but I seriously doubt we have mushrooms here we could eat.

And very interesting holiday too! :)

October 10, 2006 5:41 pm  
Blogger cheH said...

Oh this post reminds me of my fave crab stuffed mushroms, nam nam:D

Hi! thanks for leaving comments in my blog!I really appreciated it!I enjoyed reading your posts btw,will surely be back for more;)

Nice meeting you tor!:)

October 10, 2006 10:21 pm  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Sounds like so much fun. My sister hunts for a special kind of mushroom each year. I believe they are called Morrells. Delicious!

October 11, 2006 4:17 am  
Blogger RennyBA said...

You really like to live a dangerous life Tor! But then again, I do understand your urge to pick them and I love self picked mushrooms too. Cantrell is my favourite. There is a mushroom control office in Oslo, isn’t it?
Thanks also for sharing the pics at Flick – they are great:-)

October 11, 2006 9:19 pm  
Blogger TorAa said...

Renny, it used to be mushrom controls in Oslo. Since I do not live there this time of year, I don't know. But I do know there are several local Newspapers that organizes such controls. However, we did took the chance, and luckely, we are still alive;-)

October 12, 2006 8:24 am  
Blogger TorAa said...

Lisa, it seems from your photos you like to be in the nature. So why not learn 1-3 types of mushroms you can't mix with any other, and pick them yourself. Then, back home, you rince them accompanged with a glass (or so) of Pinot Grigio.

October 12, 2006 8:29 am  
Blogger TorAa said...

ET, we are still alive, though it was a risky project (more due to the Hunters, than the mushroms). I'm sure you have mushroms in the Vancouver area suiteable for cooking. And you find them inn the autumn out in the nature. Good Luck.

October 12, 2006 8:32 am  
Blogger TorAa said...

Cheh, so nice reading your comment and your favourite crab/mushrom recipe. We'll try that one. Thank you.

October 12, 2006 8:37 am  

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