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Sun 16-Jan-11
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indeed and even then there can be mistakes; I think it was last year that a family, well known as being fungi experts all died after mistakenly eating something poisonous!

Sun 16-Jan-11
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Now that is scary Michelle.

I'll try that again!

Sun 16-Jan-11
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...............  or Shelley ...... whistle

"How do you spell 'Love'?" (Piglet). 

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 'A hug,' said Pooh 'is always the right size!' 

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Yes, Shelley too!  Thanks Val!

I'll try that again!

Mon 17-Jan-11
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lol I am happily known as both nowadays:

 

my real name is Michèle by all my life in the uk I was Shelley but on arriving in France I decided Shelley Dennerly was just difficult for the french and reverted to Michele (at least amongst my french friends)

 

 

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Now that sounds like me. I have been known as Jo most of my life and still am in England but resorted to Joanna when I realised that most of the world does not understand the shortened form of my name.

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I reverted to Barbara when I came to England--I was Barb, not Bob as it was pronounced in England!

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I'm saying nothing...

I'll try that again!

Tue 18-Jan-11
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W....W......W.....what..........Wh.............Wh..........Where.........how many?      Is this home????....Sorry something shocked me ....Must have fainted.    

devil    runaway    ( 13roll_eyes )

 

 

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Terrier said:

Does anyone have the River cottage mushrooms book, was thinking of getting it as a pressie for my sister's birthday - she's recently moved in to the countryside and is keen to pick mushrooms, but is as scared as the rest of us. 


 

I've got it and it's a good read as well as being helpful for identification.  As the others say I'd hesitate to use it as the last word for some species as some of them can look very similar to poisonous cousins.  The book is helpful in not only having an edible section but also a section for the 'baddies'.  In the edible bit it points out any similar looking ones that could mislead you.  For id the photos are clear; that's about the only failing in something like Food for Free I think.

I've also got an older version of the Roger Phillips Mushroom book though I must admit to finding it a little too informative sometimes.  It's also A4 so not a field pocket guide thing but is widely regarded as 'the word' on the subject.  No recipes though unlike the RC one!  I'd recommend the RC one as long as your sister is a fairly sensible individual.  wink  I'm thinking of getting the Collins Gem Mushroom book as well as an even more pocket sized option - from the reviews it seems to be fairly safety concious.  Anyone else got this one?

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Yes, Ruth, I have this little book - it helped us identify the Wood Blewit (Lepista nuda) - we had some extra compost delivered that year, and these little wood blewits appeared from that! Apparently, according to the little book, they are 'highly esteemed'. We also had (same year) a huge parasol mushroom - a meal for two!

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 'A hug,' said Pooh 'is always the right size!' 

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Ooh, lucky you!  Were they tasty?

Well - we had the Jelly Ears.  Not really sure - pretty innocuous tbh.  On my blog anyway here.  I think there's more interesting fungi out there, will have to keep looking.  Think I may get that little book then, it's cheap enough after all.

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I got the little book too and found it quite helpful. The pictures are clear and it does highlight mushrooms which could be mixed up, plus a very handy size to take with you.cheers

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Ruthdigs said:

Ooh, lucky you!  Were they tasty?

Well - we had the Jelly Ears.  Not really sure - pretty innocuous tbh.  On my blog anyway here.  I think there's more interesting fungi out there, will have to keep looking.  Think I may get that little book then, it's cheap enough after all.


 

They were delicious - enjoyed with the once-a-week Saturday morning fry-up breakfast!

Unlike your foraged meal - what a shame, Ruth, after all that effort!

The cabbage/kale, whatever it was, actually looks rather like spring greens and also looks like it should've been tasty what_the_heck. Oh well, you win some, you lose some! ok

 

"How do you spell 'Love'?" (Piglet). 

"You don't spell it, you feel it" (Pooh).

 'A hug,' said Pooh 'is always the right size!' 

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brightspark said:

The cabbage/kale, whatever it was, actually looks rather like spring greens and also looks like it should've been tasty what_the_heck. Oh well, you win some, you lose some! ok

 


 

I think I'll try them again in the spring - I must admit I was quite disappointed as was looking forward to some fresh greens in the depths of this seemingly never ending winter!

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