OK, so, on this account I *will* be posting about food and soft drinks, and boosting toots about food and soft drinks, mostly without CW.
It's a food-dedicated instance.
I will definitely not be offended if you need to mute or block this account as a result!
(I'll still CW for alcohol, and I won't boost my un-CW'd food toots from my alt accounts.)
The giant puffball was *lovely*: firm and white all the way through.
We (well, @Hairyears) cut it into half inch slices and fried it.
Now having a rest before setting up the dehydrator for the rest of the parasol mushrooms.
Decided the "brown field mushrooms" are actually Agaricus porphyrocephalus which is *probably* edible (some online sources are iffy as it's fairly rare, but Roger Phillips mushroom guide says yes and I trust it), but we aren't going to try it tonight because neither of us have had giant puffball before & two new-to-us mushrooms in one day is a baaaaaad idea.
So many parasol mushrooms! We stopped at one carrier bag full, but really could have gathered four times that many.
Also the biggest puffball I've ever found.
Also some field mushrooms, and a bunch of smol puffballs.
Chestnuts: disappointing, it's not a good year for them I guess.
Apples: we didn't get that far.
Feet: very damp, next time I will wear goretex.
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Current mood: trying not to panic about the (increasingly likely) possibility of a hard, no-deal brexit.
It feels like a much worse thing to be going into at the start of winter than spring. At least at the end of March we had summer ahead of us and people could theoretically plant some of their own food.
I mean, we still can in winter, but it mostly takes things longer to grow when it's cold and dark.
Planning on some foraging this weekend; I'm hoping there are still chestnuts left, but even if there aren't, I expect rosehips, haws, maybe some crabapples or sloes.
As the nights draw in I'm also thinking about sprouting seeds, which can be an incredibly cheap and nutritious source of fresh veg during the months when only kale grows outside. They taste nicer than kale, too (I am not a huge brassica fan).
I think I forgot to say, I harvested my "Gigantes" beans the other week, and podded them, and dried them further. Yield was 275g beans from *one plant* which is kindof amazing.
They were pretty slow to get going though, for a while there it looked like they might flower and flower and not set seed.
Next year I plan to have a Bean Cave with a few of those and some "Cosse Violette" which were also amazing (but I didn't weigh the yield).
Walked past a health food shop earlier and they were selling some kind of... nasturtium extract I think? Allegedly it helps boost immunity or something.
That's neither here nor there but it reminded me I was thinking about growing some nasturtiums indoors this winter as edible greens. They're one of the few cabbage relatives I can bear to eat.
Anyone in #Edinburgh want a 2 year old sourdough starter? I'm gonna need to leave that baby behind and I can't mail it to anyone or it'll die :(
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