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How to cook puffballs recipe


Photo: The memorial for Mrs Boss

Photo: The memorial for Mrs Boss

“I want Mrs Boss to have a memorial. She deserves it.”
Danny was warming his hands over the wood burning stove. He had just finished burying her in the garden. It was March 2009.
“They have some nice Willowstone chickens at the garden centre. I’ll get one. I know that they are well under £20.”

But when I visited the garden centre there were no chickens on display. In fact it has taken me all this time to discover that the stone garden ornaments had been moved to a different area. Last week I chose the chicken that looked most like Mrs Boss and returned home in triumph.

It may seem a bit weird that we loved a chicken. Mrs B was no ordinary hen. Scruffy and independent, she had a strong personality and taught us a lot about chicken keeping over her long life. Somehow she crept into our hearts and we still miss her.

We decided to set the sleeping hen beside the back door. As Mrs Boss was buried in a border, the stone chicken would be lost amongst the flowers.

Imagine my horror when I came downstairs and saw this on the table. I reckoned that Danny had kicked the statue (by mistake) and broken of the head. When I lifted it up tenderly it was strangely light. Then I suddenly twigged – it was a puffball.

Photo: A puffball

Photo: A puffball

But where had it come from? Danny explained that someone had given it to him in the village shop.
“How do we eat it?”
“Apparently we fry slices in oil and butter, with salt and pepper, until golden brown. Some say that it tastes like steak.”
It was delicious. 15 minutes each side on a very low heat (like 1.5 out of 9 on our halogen cooker ring dial). Not really at all like steak but good and meaty with a very delicate flavour. More like chicken than beef steak.

If you live in an area where horses are kept you are most likely to find a puff ball in a paddock. Until yesterday I had never seen one but I will keep my eyes peeled from now on.

Meanwhile, the Mrs Boss memorial happily sleeps beside the back door. It needs to weathered a bit to be like Mrs Boss – who never had dust baths marked as a high priority.

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  1. Tanya @ Lovely Greens

    Yum!!! I love Puffballs 🙂

  2. found and ate a large puff ball in 1977 at the age of 14 . iv been searching every year since without any luck. what a joy to find one this year. sliced ,fried in butter and white wine .At last

  3. matthepirate

    on friday just gone i found two both the size of a fist under a horse chesnut tree,i didnt wash either just peeled and lightly fried with olive oil on toast,didnt change colour and it was the best thing ive eaten this year and so good i gave some to my 2 year old who thinks normal shrooms are yuk!

  4. Shirley

    I moved to my new house 6 weeks ago and imagine my surprise the other day to find 5 puffballs, 7 the next day and now 9 in total. I had my grass cut in my field a few weeks ago and noticed an old puffball had been cut up in the process so sure that’s what helped so many grow by spreading the spores. Looking forward to trying out a few recipes now.

  5. I have had 5 puffballs this year, one was so big that it would not fit in my rucksack!! I have given some away.

    I like to take a thick slice, cut into bite size pieces. fry in olive oil with salt and pepper, when one side is cooked, add bacon to the pan and then turn over. When the bacon is about cooked add an egg to the pan. Final blast of pepper and Robert is your mothers sisters husband:)

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