Mushroom pâté

'Mushroom pâté' blog post banner

Mushroom pate with toast

 

A few weeks ago on Instagram, I was singing the praises of a delicious porcini mushroom pâté that I’d discovered in Lidl. We had a punnet of mushrooms that needed to be used up so I thought I might try my hand at making my own pâté.

I flipped through a few of our cookbooks for a recipe and soon found one in a little booklet supplement that came with the Guardian weekend newspaper, many moons ago. It was a taster from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Mushrooms: River Cottage Handbook No.1.

I altered the recipe slightly, substituting the butter and garlic for 50 grams of wild garlic butter that I whipped up the previous week. A very simple and easy to make recipe. You can use foraged wild mushrooms (so long as you’re absolutely sure they’re not a poisonous variety); dried mushrooms such as porcini, chanterelle, morel or a mixture; chestnut or just plain ol’ closed cup white mushrooms.

Mushroom pâté

Yield: makes 350g/12oz

Mushroom pâté

Ingredients

  • 250g/9oz mushrooms
  • 30g/1oz butter
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, peeled & crushed
  • 250g/9oz cream cheese
  • sea salt & cracked black pepper to season
  •  
  •  

Instructions

  1. Clean and trim the mushrooms before slicing thinly
  2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat
  3. Add the mushrooms and garlic and cook until softened stirring to stop it sticking to the bottom of the pan
  4. Cook until the liquid released by the mushrooms all but evaporates (10-15 minutes)
  5. Allow to cool before spooning into a mini-food processor and blitzing for 20-30 seconds
  6. Add the cream cheese to the food processor and blitz again until well combined
  7. Season with sea salt & cracked black pepper to taste
  8. Decant into sterilised jars and refrigerate. Once opened, consume within 7 days

Notes

Delicious slathered over freshly-baked ciabatta!

http://hisforhomeblog.com/cookery/mushroom-pate/

Gimee Five: Exotic mushrooms

"Gimme Five!" blog post banner

selection of five different grow your own exotic mushroom kits

It’s getting to that time of year when wild mushrooms start to appear. A lovely free meal if you know what you’re picking!

Exotic mushrooms taste delicious in all kinds of pasta & rice dishes – or thrown into a simple omelette. Foraging isn’t possible for everyone though – so here are five kits that offer a convenient & safe option.

  1. Lion’s mane – £21.99, Thompson & Morgan
  2. Grow your own pearl oyster mushrooms kit – £14, notonthehighstreet
  3. Common morel morchella esculenta mushroom kit – €16.96, eBay
  4. Elm mushroom growing kit – £9.99, Amazon
  5. Mushroom windowsill kit – shiitake – £9.99, Suttons Seeds

Out & about… Autumn

It’s been a long time since our last Out & about post – we even missed the whole of summer!

Flower-filled fields feel a distant memory…

…the flowers gave way to autumn leaves…

…mushrooms…

…and berries.


For the first couple of weeks of autumn we had the best of both worlds – sunshine as well as amazing seasonal colour.

We were seeing butterflies until quite late in the year…

…but there was no doubting that summer was over, as the winter-visiting geese were beginning to arrive.

Even the autumn sunshine is now a thing of the past – it seems to have been raining non-stop for almost a month. But now we’re into December, this rain will hopefully turn to snow which will mean a magical white Christmas!

Out & about… October

Each day starts with a long walk with the dog. It’s normally a case of put the boots on, grab the lead and go. Our camera is quite cumbersome so it doesn’t get out much. However, last month we decided that we were going to make the effort to take it with us more often on these daily walks.

We’re going to start sharing with you some of the photos that we take when we’re out & about – things that we find beautiful, striking, interesting or fleeting – posting a collection of our favourites each month. This first batch were all taken in & around Todmorden this October.

October heralds the start of autumn with its stunning foliage, fruit, berries & fungi.

We stumbled across this beautiful orange mushroom beside a stream. It must have sprung up overnight – it was so pristine.

We didn’t have to walk far to get this image. These cute, little white-capped mushrooms were growing in a cluster on an old tree stump at the end of our garden.

These amethyst deceivers are plentiful in the local beech woods…

…we picked a few – they’re great in an omelette or salad.

Tempting berries – some edible, some not…

…these juicy elderberries most definitely are – and will soon be turned into jam & jelly.

Todmorden lies in a tree-lined valley, so we get a glorious leaf display around this time of year.

Will one of these grow into a giant oak tree?

After a wet summer, we’ve had much better weather this month. We captured this bee making the most of some lovely autumn sunshine.

This patch of orange crocosmia was growing wild. It looks stunning against the bright blue sky…

…as does this lone, windswept hawthorn tree.

These lovely stone walls criss-cross the fields & hills of the Pennines.

Other fields are divided by wooden fences – they can produce wonderful shadows.

The farms of the area concentrate on hardy livestock – beef & dairy cattle, sheep, pigs and chickens.

October hasn’t all been sunshine. These photos of electricity pylons and a local wind farm were taken under more threatening skies.

And not forgetting a photo of our regular walking companion taking in a view.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this first Out & about post – it’ll be back with more photos next month!