I'm blessed with a large mountainous woodland and lake district literally on my doorstep. I've come to think of it as my extended garden with natural treasures. I spend many hours foraging mushrooms, picking blueberries and other delights that would be impossible to cultivate in the house garden even if I wanted.
Foraging for chanterelle mushrooms has been a favourite pastime of mine for years and this year is no exception. I say chanterelle mushroom but technically it's a fungus called Cantharellus cibarius. Chanterelle is a popular mushroom to pick and it grows in many parts of the world, Europe, Australia, North America, North Africa, the Himalayas, Thailand and others.
Chanterelle mushrooms are rich in key nutrients and vitaminsProtein, copper, potassium, zinc and selenium, B1, B6, B9 and B12
Occasionally my husband and I make a thermos of coffee a couple of sandwiches and spend a morning or afternoon foraging for our favourite Chanterelle. Weather permitting we also come prepared for a dip in the local lake which in the middle of August 2016, is a comfortable 20 degrees Celsius.
Chanterelle foraged by lake Bergsjön, Gothenburg, Sweden
This beautiful late summers day in August 2016 it was not hard to find chanterelles around the lake and surrounding woodlands.
Preparing wedding anniversary Chanterelle mushroom breakfast
The pay-off for taking time out foraging is an extra special wedding anniversary breakfast with chanterelle, poached eggs, black caviar on toast together with a small glass of champagne.