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Tue Aug 8, 2006 Miss Vicky 

The Webgeek, Chefgeek, Special Patrol Group, Winston and I packed up our much-suffering vehicle and drove to the Eastern Townships this weekend, to visit with the geek brothers' relatives. Their uncle has an organic garlic farm outside of Melbourne, and their aunt has a place down the road that serves as a retreat and studio. We spent the weekend enjoying the fresh air, checking out the local farmer's market (you should taste the buckwheat honey we brought back!), cooling off in the stream-fed swimming hole (bracing!) and hunting for mushrooms.

Turns out there are plenty of choice edible mushrooms in the area, and the rain this summer has really helped. We spent a couple of hours in the woods one day and emerged with a large basket of chanterelles and boletes. We also picked a couple of interesting-looking trumpet-like mushrooms to try and identify. Turns out they are edible too, but not in the same category as the others.

We cooked all three varieties with lots of butter and garlic flowers in tinfoil pouches on the bbq. What a treat! I liked the Chanterelles the best, but the bolets were a close second, even if their purply colour was a little disconcerting. The trumpety things were good too, although we only tried a little bit for fear of the "mild laxative" effect cited by the field guide. The next day we sauteed round 2 of the chanterelles with garic and butter and added them to a salad with shrimp and avocado.

We found a lot of different kinds of mushrooms during our tramp through the forest. Only picked the ones we knew or were pretty sure were edible (I did snap a few photos of others for later identification). It's a pretty fun way to spend an afternoon, made even more fun when you come across something you know will be a tasty treat.

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peabody Aug 8, 2006 10:50 PM said:

Sounds yummy! I have a recipe where you take the stems off of mushrooms, chop 'em up, fry 'em with chopped onions.. then mix it with goat cheese and a bit of bread crumbs, stuff all of that back into the stemless mushroom heads and bake for a little while. If you're interested, drop me a line.. I'm recalling that off the top of my head and might have missed something.

BTW- Yes, I know Caffé Mio isn't in Westboro, but I still want to know if there are any breakfast places for me to check in Westboro! I just happened to start my breakfast journy there and stopped at the first place that looked promising!

peabody Aug 8, 2006 10:53 PM said:

P.S., I don't know much about Ottawa geography so I may be mistaken on the whole idea where Westboro is. Please let me know! Cheers!

Miss Vicky Aug 8, 2006 11:03 PM said:

OK, you're forgiven. I am sure Webgeek would love that recipe. He loooooves mushrooms!

Not sure about Westboro breakfasts (other than the Newport, which is very tasty). Perhaps some other Miss Vicky's readers will have suggestions for you.

In West Wellington, you've probably hit most of them already.... Mio, Bagel Shop.... have you tried Agave? Their brunch is not too bad. I like the breakfast burrito.

Matt Aug 9, 2006 12:04 PM said:

For breakfast in Westboro, don't forget Donna's at Churchill and Scott.

peabody Aug 9, 2006 07:42 PM said:

Thanks Matt!!!!

amckay Aug 11, 2006 10:02 AM said:

Mmmm, chanterelles. This time of year they are sold at the roadside all over the place in Miss Vicky's old stomping grounds of Antigonish. Lots of folks go picking them in the woods and sell them at roadside.

Miss Vicky Aug 11, 2006 10:46 AM said:

There are plenty of other interesting kinds of mushrooms growing in Antigonish as well.... or so I heard.

liss76 Aug 11, 2006 01:47 PM said:

LOL!

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