Sunday, November 6, 2011

Mushroom Hunting

Come august the weather becomes a tease, at least for us filipinos. The day starts perfectly with the sun shining, by mid-day the gentle breeze reels in grey clouds and a heavy downpour precedes in the afternoon. This goes on for days on end even lasting for a few months. I really don't mind it, after all I stay indoors where I could cuddle with my dogs.

There are also pauses for this strange weather (thank goodness) and that is when my dogs, filled with anxiety and excitement, beg me to take them out for a walk. And thus starts our mushroom hunting adventure! Here are some of what our yard had to offer:

Whitelaced Shank or U-ong in Ilokano

I'm no expert so please keep in mind not to eat any mushroom you find in your backyard. But as much as what my neighbor told me, according to her; when mushrooms (the ones growing on our area) have no rings in the stem, has a clean root, bears no spots on the cap, and has a neutral brown color among others; then the general idea is it's most likely edible (note the uncertainty? hah!)  

The errr... inedible ones (aka eat-them-nots)
The inedible mushrooms shown above are too ripe or old to be identifiable. Could be a parasol mushroom, for all we know.

See the difference? Still planning on eating that mushroom under your bathroom sink? I guess not, but if you're a daredevil who lives on crack, I guess you'll be fine. I kid, I kid. For the love of god don't eat them. Notice the rather stone-hard roots, the purple tinged stem, and the wrinkled gills? It's definitely NOT a whitelaced shank which is edible when cooked thoroughly.

And because I was craving some mushrooms for dinner and being the "daredevil" that I am, it was just seemingly natural to cook the edible mushrooms and have a feast fit for a pixie king.

*NOTE: I was fine when I ate the edible mushroom. No vomiting whatsoever. Still, please be careful when you decide to eat any fungi appearing in your backyard.*

Vegetable stew with U-ong (aka Whitelaced Shank)

It was, of course, heavenly delicious (and safe). If you're into green leafy things anyway. Quite inspired by the mini adventure and the rare finds, I just had to doodle some more mushrooms:

Some imaginary, some inspired by the Moomins

More photos from my analog point-and-shoot camera:

Weapon of choice is an Olympus mju and a roll of expired Fuji Superia iso200, cross-processed. Images are NOT to be printed or used without my consent.

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