Game and pork, with fresh herbs; sage, thyme and savory. Salt, black pepper, and a little nutmeg. Ground, then stuffed into casings, and smoked over peach wood in the smoker. I’m loving that peach wood.
It makes some tasty breakfast sausage.
Artichoke - Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus
Artichokes are a type of Thistle in the Asteraceae, the Sunflower family. The tender part of the bracts, the peduncle and receptacle - the disc shaped structure the the florets reside on, which is the artichoke ‘heart’ - are deliciously edible.
This one got away in the garden and wasn’t eaten in time. Isn’t that just too bad.
Hedychium ‘Daniel Weeks’ - Daniel Weeks Butterfly Ginger
This hybrid is very fragrant and fills the backyard with its sweet smell. It’s in a better spot this season and blooming much more reliably. The rhizomes will be dug out for winter as these types of ornamental gingers are native to tropical and sub-tropical Asia and not hardy here.
The pods have dried and it’s time for harvest. I have a smoked bean stew in mind for these speckled beauts.
Laccaria ochropurpurea, The Purple Laccaria
What big and impressive mushrooms with such interesting color. They were found under Red Oak in a mixed hardwood forest. Edible and good but not as much as the Chestnut Bolete found today. If only I could find more of those..