Monday, November 9, 2015

Mountain Puff Ball Crostini

"Finally got some decent rain huh?"- Me
"Yup! This is my favorite time of year!"- Some guy
"Me too! Didn’t rain like this last year so I sure am glad it’s coming down now!"- Me
"It probably did but people just don’t recollect cuz their all worried about this “drought” we’re supposed to be in!"-Same guy
"Interesting...that’s not how I remember last season!"-Me
It amazes me that people still fight the idea that we are in a historically unprecedented drought, that climate change is absolutely a reality, and that human beings have played a significant role in the escalation of greenhouse gasses and global warming...but hey what do I know? I'm just an archaeologist who studies the interactions of human beings with the environment for the last several hundred thousand years!
After upcycling a bottle base into a projectile point at the river while dropping some crawdad traps, my dog and I headed into the mountains once more in search of small game and fungi!

We found that it had snowed a few days prior and Abalone was loving it!
I also enjoyed topping off my water bottle with some of the fresh snow!
Though we had high hopes for a successful hunt, I missed a few shots at mountain quail and all of the mushrooms seemed too scared of the snow to pop out of the forest floor even where no ice was present. I think another week or so and we will see a strong flush... but only time will tell!
We did manage to find some puff balls though.
Puff balls are not the most flavorful fungi but with the right mix of herbs and spices, they are pretty darn tasty!
I prepped some sautéed fungi with fresh rosemary, onion, and garlic while Abalone became reacquainted with her heater.

I topped some crostini with chevre and this lovely mushroom medley, then a dash of balsamic vinegar and a pinch of my homemade sea salt.

This was one heck of a nice appetizer! I highly recommend it!

Well, time to go check the crawdad traps.

Keep the old ways alive!

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