British Edible Fungi: How to Distinguish and how to Cook Them : with Coloured Figures of Upwards to Forty Species

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Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Company Limited, 1891 - Basidiomycetes, Edible - 237 pages
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Page 53 - Remove the stalks and scales from the young half-grown agarics, and throw each one as you do so into a basin of fresh water slightly acidulated with the juice of a lemon or a little good vinegar. When all are prepared, remove them from the water and put them in a stewpan with a very small piece of fresh butter.
Page 53 - ... toast ; sprinkle with pepper and salt, and put a small piece of butter on each ; set before a brisk fire to melt the butter, and serve quickly.
Page 90 - Take four good-sized lettuces, trim away the outer leaves and the bitter stalks ; wash the lettuces carefully, and boil them in plenty of salted water until they are tender. Lift them into a colander, and squeeze the water from them; chop them slightly, and put them into a clean saucepan with a little pepper and salt and a small piece of butter. Dredge a little flour on them, pour over them three tablespoonfuls of good gravy, and simmer gently for a quarter of an hour, stirring all the time.
Page 131 - I had a dozen for supper, the largest number I ever had at one time. " The Lycoperdon giganteum is also a great favourite with me, as it is, indeed, with all my acquaintances who have tried it. It has not the high aroma of some others, but it has a delicacy of flavour that makes it superior to any omelette I have ever eaten. It seems, furthermore, to be so digestible as to adapt it to the most delicate stomachs. This is the South Down of mushrooms.
Page 83 - ... bruised, about the fourth of a saltspoonful of cayenne, tied in a small bit of muslin, and two large blades of mace ; to these may be added half a small nutmeg, sliced ; but too much spice will entirely overpower the fine natural flavour of the mushrooms. When the pickle boils, throw them in, and boil them in it over a clear fire moderately fast from six to nine minutes, or somewhat longer, should they not be very small. When they are much disproportioned in size, the larger ones should have...
Page 164 - ... tails, and feathering along the surface of the ground, for from twenty to fifty yards. Arrived at the spot where the fungus lies buried some two or three inches beneath the surface, they dig like a terrier at a rat's hole, and the best of them, if left alone, will disinter the fungus and carry it to his master. It is not usual, however, to allow the dog to exhaust himself in this way, and the owner forks up the truffle, and gives the dog his usual reward, a piece of bread or cheese ; for this...
Page 15 - And so it seems to be throughout the country. Hill and plain, mountain and valley, woods, fields, and pastures, swarm with a profusion of good nutritious fungi, which are allowed to decay where they spring up, because people do not know how or are afraid to use them.
Page 155 - For a ragoilt the fungi are cleaned and wiped to remove all trace of sand, cut in two, then placed in a stewpan with butter, and set over a clear, brisk fire ; when the butter is melted, squeeze in a little lemon juice, give a few turns, and add salt, pepper, and a little grated nutmeg. Cook slowly for an hour, adding at intervals small quantities of beef gravy or jelly broth. When done, thicken with yolk of eggs. Another method...
Page 28 - ... a very small quantity of well-broken droppings over the whole. In this state let it remain for two or three weeks, when a loamy soil may be put on about an inch or an inch and a half thick, and gently patted with the spade. If the temperature of the house be kept about sixty or sixty-five degrees, mushrooms may be expected in six weeks. It is not well to water the beds much, particularly when bearing...
Page 113 - Though much neglected in this country, it appears to be a most valuable article of food. It resembles much in taste the common mushroom, and is quite as delicate : it abounds in seasons when these arc not to be found.

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