Bush Tucker and Inspiration

IMG_3133Yesterday was a very special day when I learnt from one of the best.

IMG_3148 Ro Anderson from Whole Larder Love showed me and a bunch of others how to forage for mushrooms on the forest floor.

IMG_7150 We identified Slippery Jacks, Saffron Milk Caps and Blewit mushrooms.

IMG_3245 I got to use my favourite old Buck Knife to pluck the mushrooms, whilst walking many miles listening to Ro. It was fascinating and inspiring hearing his stories on self sufficiency, hunting, fishing and gardening, not to mention his wealth of knowledge on mushrooming.

IMG_3179 After collecting baskets full of mushrooms, Ro performed his magic and prepared a heavenly feast in the tranquil woodland setting.

IMG_3202 Combining butter, Ro's own olive oil, homegrown herbs and garlic, pimentón, homemade chorizo, homemade 12 day cured bacon and a dollop of mascarpone cheese, the mushrooms were divine.  I was in heaven with every mouthful.

IMG_3185 We toasted turkish bread rolls over the campfire, and were served the mushroom culinary delight on the rolls. It truly was the tastiest bush tucker I've ever had.

IMG_3204 We finished our feast with some slow cooked lamb leg which melted in your mouth. It was served in a roll with fresh picked rocket from Ro's garden, local cheese, onions and chilli sauce. It was a party for the taste buds, the flavours were awesome. I rolled out of that forest completely satisfied.

IMG_3243 After the day in the forest I'm inspired to create some awesome belts and accessories for fathers day presents, celebrating the the Aussie Bushman.

Cheers to Ro, you're such a fungi!