Thursday, February 9, 2012

Black Trumpets, Hedgehogs and Yellow Feet

Black Trumpets, Hedgehogs, and Yellow Feet - Sounds like a Dr. Seuss tale. We should probably call it Cate in Wonderland.

We have been having a phenomenal stretch of weather on the Mendocino Coast. Many of us are a bit concerned at the lack of rain, but it's hard to complain when it has been sunny and flirting with the 70 degree mark. The surf has been tantalizing but mostly too big for me to get out and play. Between a major painting project and some office work, I have been escaping into the forest for some mountain biking and mushroom hunting.

Hedgehogs (Hydnum umbilicatum) and Yellow Feet (Cantharellus tubaeformis) have been out in force since December and decorate the forest floor like wildflowers in a meadow. I love the peppery flavor and texture of Hedgehogs and the earthly rich flavor of Yellow Feet. Although they seem to be ALL over the place, I have been passing many of them up to save room in my pack.

Fresh winter time treats from the garden and the forest.

Dark and deeeply camoflauged among leaves and forest duff lurk shy and elusive bouquets of black trumpets (Craterellus cornucopioides). They are so shy that their aura is blurred in this photo - be sure to check the link for a better view of them.

These delicate delights have been the object of my recent forays and one of my favorite toppings on homemade pizza.

Cate's homemade pizza with fresh hedgehogs on the left half and black trumpets on the right half.

1 comment:

  1. oh, I really miss the black trumpets! they were SO good!