Sunday, 25 August 2013

A stunner at West Hartford.

Shaggy Mane  or Inkcap.

Oh yes, and there was a Little Stint and a Sanderling.

These fungi are edible. If you fancy trying it here is a recipe. ENJOY.
A nice Riesling is recommended.

Shaggy Mane Quiche

Serves 6 as a first course
The shaggy mane is a favorite mushroom among mushroom-lovers. The caps liquefy rapidly, so speed is essential in getting them into the pot. One ardent admirer of this mushroom takes a skillet and butter on collecting trips so that the shaggy manes can be eaten where they are found.
  • 1/2 recipe pie crust (page xx)
  • 5 to 6 bacon slices, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 to 1 pound shaggy manes, sliced
  • 4 shallots or green onions, minced
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated provolone cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • 4 eggs, well beaten
  • 2 cups half and half
Prepare the pie crust. Roll the dough out to a 10-inch crust. Line a 9-inch pie pan with the crust. Crimp the edges.
In a sauté pan or skillet, fry the bacon until crisp, then remove it from the pan with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Discard all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat and sauté the mushrooms and shallots until the shallots are translucent and most of the mushroom liquid has evaporated.
Spread the bacon over the pie crust. Add the grated cheese, then the mushroom and shallots. Mix the nutmeg, salt, and cayenne into the beaten eggs. Add the cream. Slowly pour the custard mixture over the bacon, cheese, and mushrooms.
Bake the quiche in a preheated 350º oven for about 35 minutes or until the custard is set and the top is brown.


  1. Great recipe, but of course you must use unsmoked bacon. When we are out next time and you have whisked up a quiche me know and I will bring a bottle of BROON or a nice Reisling (Sweet or Dry, I much prefer the Dry myself).

    ps Bruce Feirstein - Real Men Don't Eat Quiche, great book but I dont think it applies to the two of us as if you take away our worn out and not working so well bits we could probably only get 1 Real Man between us

  2. I'm bionic !!!!!!
    You'd get £4.50 scrap if you weighed me in.