Letting some of it trickle out while trying to soak it all in

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Shaggy Manes

Becca and Dana, two of my new labmates found some Shaggy Mane mushrooms (Coprinus comatus) growing outside our trailer this afternoon. Since the ephemeral fungus doesn't last more than a day and given there were too many for them to eat, they let me in on the secret.

It was good I collected a pound or two because it's been a while since the Abbott family has been grocery shopping. We were down to pickled asparagus, dried peaches, condiments, and prenatal vitamins. We made two wild mushroom dishes with scavenged ingredients: a toasted dijon mustard mushroom sandwich, and a green chili cream of mushroom soup (we found some bread ends and a can of chilis behind the stale marshmallows).

As I fried the shaggies Rachel observed, "They smell like European B.O."
"You're totally right," I marveled as I glanced down to double check that I wasn't wearing some German's football jersey.

 While we cooked, Ingrid set up a parking lot with the assortment of forty year old matchbox cars Grandma gave her. In the prayer she said, "Thank you for this day, thanks for all these cars, amen."

As we ate Rachel shook her head and said, "Henry deserves better than dried peaches and asparagus." He seems pretty happy with what he's getting for now though.

The kitchen drain clogged from cleaning the mushrooms' dirty bits but I got it flowing again with a science-fair volcano by pouring some baking soda and vinegar down there. 


  1. mmmmmmm! makes my mouth water and also makes me remember the boletus edulus that smelled like trout when sauteed.

  2. all of the facts and events are true, people. this is our life.

  3. Life is so funny when you really stop to think about it.

  4. And thanks for letting me in the secret too, along with the yummy recipe. Lovely blog entry...

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