mushrooms

Foraging for shaggy mane mushrooms in Sarlat, France

October 14, 2013
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Foraging in French markets is a wonderfully engaging experience for all the senses – the constant frenetic hum from market goers and stall owners; the vivid colours of fresh local vegetables; the olfactory assault from ripe oozing cheeses and pungent mold encrusted salamis; and constant sampling and snacking from stall to stall to keep both [...]

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Indulging in the culinary fruits of Sarlat, France

October 6, 2013
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Our traipse around Europe had seen us racing across busy London and Paris, spreadsheets of must-eat-at places clutched in hand, trying to fit in as much eating, shopping and sightseeing as the hours would allow. Upon leaving Paris we took the pace down a few notches and cruised into Sarlat a town in the picturesque [...]

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ARIA’s Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto

April 24, 2013
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We recently celebrated our first wedding anniversary and took the opportunity to reminisce about our wedding day. There was all that stress in the preceding 3 months, and the Co-pilot is quick to remind me that I did at times transform into a fire breathing nightmare dragon lady.. But all the stress seemed worthwhile when [...]

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48 Hours in London: The Value Hunter’s Gourmet Stopover

December 21, 2012
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With so many amazing places to eat Londoners and by extension, us tourists, were really spoilt for choice. I’d never been to London before so given we had a mere 48 hours or 6 precious meals to have in London, we’d amassed a great spreadsheet list and slowly whittled it down to a shortlist of [...]

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To new beginnings!

February 25, 2012
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How hard could it be? You’d think I’d know better than to utter such arrogant words and rouse Fate from her sleep. The Co-pilot and I figured we could pull together a wedding in 3 months as we’re both organised, practical people and, honestly, how hard could it be? 3 months and some sedatives later, [...]

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DIY black Perigord truffle feast

September 7, 2011
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“A friend of mine owns a truffle farm – do you want some truffles?“ So said the Chi Master, a good friend and former colleague that I’d worked with for about 2 years. Did I want truffles – what sort of stupid question is that? And more importantly, what’s this about a truffle farm? Two [...]

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Paddock to Plate: Pulled beef and pine mushroom cannelloni

April 8, 2011
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There are plenty among us that have heard of mock meat or the more “appealingly” named, meat analogue where things like soy protein, wheat or vegetable protein are moulded, flavoured and transformed into the likeness of your everyday meaty goodies. My intriguing local mock meat store sells a mind boggling array of curious meat phonies [...]

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Foraging for pine mushrooms and yabbies in Belanglo State Forest

March 19, 2011
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For most people when a stranger makes contact and invites you to Belanglo State Forest, it sets off alarm bells at orifice-damaging decibels. And… you might consider my decision to accept the invitation a sure fire bet to win me a Darwin award. For those unfamiliar with the infamous Belanglo State Forest, it is a [...]

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Diary of an amateur mushroom forager

November 30, 2010
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Obsession [noun] – an idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on one’s mind. I am prone to phases of intense obsession. The infuriating elusive bird that is STILL periodically waking me up at 5am has launched a small obsessive phase of compulsive bird spotting. My obsessions seem to keen my senses into hyperdrive [...]

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Foraging for wild mushrooms in Oberon

April 21, 2010
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Welcome to the first post on my brand spanking new blog! It’s been a phenomenally long hiatus, but coding issues are (mostly) sorted, and I’m leaving my old blog Foraging Otaku behind and starting afresh with a new blog name – The Gourmet Forager. I thought it was only befitting then that my first post [...]

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