So far it has been a fairly text-book spring, everything in the garden seems to be coming out on time and the paddocks look incredibly lush and green after all that winter rain. I was most surprised, then, to see these when I was mowing the other day:
Is climate change confusing even the mushrooms, which I would expect to see in autumn? I couldn't just mow over them and although I am the only mushroom lover in the house I just had to pick them. I often just pan fry them in lots of butter, garlic, parsley and s & p, but this time I thought I would bake them in the oven:
The measurements for this are a bit loose as it depends on how many mushrooms you have been able to find. It is also good with bought mushrooms.
Preheat the oven to 180.
Chop the mushrooms and place in an ovenproof dish. Pile them up as they shrink down a lot.
Drizzle with olive oil and dot with a few pieces of butter.
Peel and finely chop 1-2 cloves garlic and scatter over the mushrooms.
Slosh over some white wine and the juice of half a lemon, and season well with s & p.
Strip a few sprigs of thyme and scatter over.
If you are feeling devilish pour over about a tablespoon of cream (or yoghurt if you're behaving), not really necessary, but makes the mushrooms a bit more velvety (?...is that a word???)
Bake for 20 minutes.
As you can see I have dotted this with my old favourite (Meredith Dairy Goat's Cheese). It was yum.
We have had another 24mm of rain (nearly an inch) over the last 24 hours so there may be more spring mushrooms tomorrow.