Dad called me out to the garden to help with his leaf vacuum cleaner. Whilst watching him hoover up a bunch of leaves I was drawn to the magnetic presence of a puff ball mushroom. Clearly, the rain we've had over the last few days coupled with our warmish summer weather had triggered its growth. Mum has often sent me photos of puffballs in the past, but I have never seen one like this before. They're normally a bit past it and shriveled up like an old man with bladder problems. This one was primed and ready to be eaten like you see in Borough Market. The fact that this one had little nibble marks on its skin was a good sign. If it's good enough for the wildlife it's fine for us.
The recipe, if you can call it that is simple:
Wipe dirt off mushroom. Slice. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with chopped garlic. Toss onto BBQ and season with black pepper and a bit of salt. Turn after a couple of minutes and add a bit of butter. Remove from BBQ and devour!
For best results eat straight off the BBQ before tucking into some BBQ'd chicken.
We still love to go on trips around the UK, staying in BnBs or camping in search of a good meal or two - hence, Around Britain with a Paunch. Quite often the trips have been prompted by Diana Henry's Gastro Pub Cookbook. Here's where we've been to: