Sunday, 28 April 2013

Creamy Mushrooms and Wild Garlic on Brioche Toast

Foraging for food is something I have started to do over the last few years. Hunting down blackberry bushes in the autumn is something I've always done but I've never considered it to be 'foraging'. To me, proper foraging involves a wicker basket, curiously shaped knives and an innate ability to avoid thorns and nettles. Since I started to appreciate the other things that can be found outdoors I have added other wild foods to my repertoire: rosehips, sloes, plums, strawberries, elderflower and now, at last, wild garlic. Somehow this most pungent of wild foods has eluded me until a few days ago when I finally found an abundance of it not a ten minute walk from my house.
You will need:
1 small onion, finely chopped
250g mushrooms
150ml single cream
16 small leaves wild garlic, roughly chopped
Salt and pepper
Butter
Brioche
Melt a knob of butter in a frying pan on a medium heat and fry the onion for at least 15 minutes or until starting to turn golden at the edges. Increase the heat, you may need to add some extra butter, then add the mushrooms. Fry the mushrooms until they are golden and sticky before turning down the heat to low and stirring in the cream. Simmer the cream, stirring occasionally, until it's reduced then add the wild garlic and some salt and pepper. Turn the heat off and let the garlic infuse with the cream while you slice and toast the brioche. Serve the mushrooms atop the brioche.
Mushrooms on toast is one of my favourite meals; it can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner and it delivers so much flavour for something so simple. Garlic and mushrooms are such classic flavours so it was only natural that the wild garlic would work wonders in this dish. They say that you can find wild garlic because you smell it before you see it. I have to say I've never smelt it and only found this lot because I knew the shape of leaf I was after; a quick rub between the fingers told me I'd found what I was looking for. The wild garlic does taste of garlic but at the same time it also tastes a bit like weeds; sort of spinachy grassy garlic but in a good way. I am so pleased to have finally found and made something with wild garlic; I was starting to think I'd never get to try it.

27 comments:

  1. That looks good. Someone's found my secret wild garlic patch and stripped it! I'm furious! That's mine!

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  2. Looks lovely, I'm hoping to pick some tomorrow.

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  3. I've been hoping to find a patch of genuinely wild Wild Garlic, but I now have one in my garden!

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  4. I love this recipe, though I struggle to find wild garlic since am not an accomplished forager. It looks fab and a great brunch option!

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  5. That's fantastic, foraging for ingredients is a wonderful activity. There must be loads growing around me, I will have to go and do some research on what's good this summer!

    Hope you are well, take care :)

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  6. ok, this is going to be breakfast tomorrow morning, sounds so wonderfully delicious Caroline! Except, my produce was foraged at the farmer's market :)

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  7. Mushrooms. Butter. Heart skips a beat! This looks like such a comfort dish - and an amazing breakfast.

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  8. I too find foraging fascinating. Today was a big find- my first morels! Soooo exciting! I will have to add wild garlic to my list of things to look for (if it grows here).

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  9. This mushrooms on toast looks amazing!

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  10. really waiting patiently for the wild garlic to be ready up here... it's taking its time but once it comes I'm going to go mad... I love how you've used it here, perfection if you ask me is in a plate of mushrooms on toast!

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  11. Aaah, now if you want to smell before you see then pop over to Lambourn. The woods beyond the old cricket field on the road towards Upper Lambourn (on the right) are amass! About 3 acres of wild garlic nobody ever picks!

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  12. This looks delicious! I ventured off into some woods near us that are totally carpeted with garlic yesterday morning.We had a carrier bag instead of a wicker basket but had a lovely time - it smelt wonderful. Glad I have another excuse for a walk there to try this.

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  13. I can totally see this as a way to enjoy a beautiful brunch!

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  14. Love this. I have done no foraging of late. Too busy and too much snow! Must go look for asparagus....

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  15. Not only am I exceptionally jealous of your wild garlic patch, but your mushrooms look truly amazing. I think I'm hungry again which is never good considering lunch was only an hour or so ago..

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  16. Wild garlic sounds like something wonderful to have access to. Can´t beat brioche with a topping! Wonderful with mushrooms.

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  17. I need to look up this thing and go searching! I love the idea of finding wild things to make :)

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  18. I have never seen better flavoured or textured mushrooms my friend, yum :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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  19. Wonderful! I didn't know you could get that in the UK. Will go out foraging too!

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  20. I like the way you serve this mushrooms...paired with the brioche...yum!
    Hope you are having a lovely week Caroline :)

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  21. Caroline, I've never come across wild garlic but it sounds good and your mushrooms look gloriously creamy. Hope you are having a good week.

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  22. Such a comforting, delicious dish Caroline! I've never foraged for wild garlic before but agree with the comment that it has quite a strong smell.

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  23. I tried wild garlic last year for the first time and loved it, now I just need to find a patch of it near where I live! this recipe looks great!

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  24. the only foraging i do is in the grocery store, so i'm envious of your adventures! very comforting dish you've made here. :)

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  25. This looks like a tasty dish - similar to something I'd order for breakfast at a cafe. Yum!

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  26. This looks very tasty and what a lovely picture of wild garlic. Foraging is great!

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  27. hello! and thank you for this lovely entry into this month's our growing edge. I've got it up in my round-up here.

    we don't have much in the way of wild forageable things here in singapore - I'm completely jealous that you can get something quite so delicious near your home! might have to just grab some garlic from the market to make up those delicious-looking mushrooms.

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