Early in the afternoon, my client came down to the kitchen to tell me how much they enjoyed the filet with chanterelle velouté and ask me if I knew of any more chanterelles we could have for dinner that night. I told her I would be happy to go find some and headed out to check the usual spots. I don’t like to take everything out of one spot so I went down to a spot near the beach where I had seen some last year.
I only found a couple mushrooms but was pleasantly surprised by how many wild strawberries were growing and how perfectly ripe most of them were! I wasted no time collecting the nicest ones and set off down the beach looking for more chanterelles.
I didn’t find much more than tranquility and spectacular views walking down the beach. That was more than enough for me, but I had promised my client mushrooms for dinner so I doubled back through the woods hoping to get lucky.
As I wandered through the woods with my eyes on the forest floor, I saw many mushrooms. I marveled at the diversity of nature and the beauty of its many creatures. I walked for over an hour revelling at my surroundings but did not find a single chanterelle.
As I headed nearer to the kitchen, I thought I might at least see if I could find some more strawberries. Maybe this just wasn’t my day for mushroom hunting. I headed back down toward the beach where I had seen the strawberries, thinking about how I might use them later. I found a few more ripe ones I had missed earlier and turned to head back and build the fire. Suddenly, I stopped dead in my tracks.
Directly in front of me was a big patch of apricot colored beauties. More than enough for dinner, and just in time! I quickly gathered the nicest ones and placed them in my basket before hurrying back to start the fire for dinner.
When the fire was ready, I grilled the steaks and the mushrooms together and then made a quick salad with blue cheese dressing, wild strawberries and chives. A red wine reduction mounted with a little cream and butter made a perfect sauce for the steak. My clients were thrilled with dinner but not as thrilled as I was with my afternoon adventure.