Greetings from Minnesota. I believe it reached a beautiful 70 degrees today, and I think it’s now indian summer.
I wasn’t sure if I was going to post this post; mainly because you might think J (the husband) and I are crazy. But, I didn’t get any good combine pictures yet, and I don’t really want to post about combining corn on the farm without pictures and maybe even video. So, today I will borrow the title of a food show I happen to like. Get ready for some interesting foods 😉
Quick side note – both of these lovely food items were found, collected and photographed this weekend. In hindsight I wish I would have taken better pictures. Is that why hindsight is 20/20?
Can anybody tell me what these are?
I’ll give you a hint. They were strewn all over our yard this weekend, and I guarantee there are more of them falling at this very moment. Pretty common in Minnesota. If you peel off the greenish-brown outside, you’ll find a very hard center. You can eat the inside – if you can get it open. I could tell you what they are, but I think I’ll see if I get a few more comments by leaving you in crazy suspense for a day or so. (Aren’t I the evil blogger?)
Now, it’s time for the really bizarre food. J was the one who found this beast in our yard, and I was actually speechless when he led me up to the front porch to proudly show me. It’s a maitake! A what? Basically a giant mushroom. See below.
Now, we are not mushroom hunters. But, my husband it truly one of the most observant people I know. He notices everything (obviously this has good and bad ramifications…) You wouldn’t think a 5+ pound mushroom would be hard to spot, but it really blends right in with the trees, shrubs and general forest that it grows in. After some extensive internet research to determine that this thing wouldn’t kill us and didn’t look anything like any poisonous mushrooms, we brought it inside and started chopping.
All references seemed to say we could just chop it up and freeze it in serving-sized portions. To eat, just fry in a skillet with a little bit of butter. J microwaved (not exactly ideal culinary prep, we know) a little bit of mushroom and butter to determine if it actually tasted good before we spent an hour cleaning, chopping and packing it into freezer bags. He deemed it edible, so now our freezer is full of mushroom. I still haven’t tried it yet, but I imagine I’ll have to soon.
What’s the verdict? Are these actually bizarre foods?
Just to balance out this post a little bit, I’ll tell you that we’re still keeping busy on the farm. The weather stays dry, and combines and tractors can be seen hard at work all over rural Minnesota. We had two new heifer (girl) calves yesterday and a bull (boy) today, so there is never a lull.
Running is good. That’s a simple statement, but it’s true. I feel like my long run on Saturday gave me a serious boost, and I had a great run yesterday. It was a true fartlek, with some hard near-sprints worked in. I felt good and tired afterwards. Today I planned an easy run, but it ended up a rest day by necessity. Things just got crazy. I don’t beat myself up over a change in running plans unless I just a skip a run out of laziness (which is generally a non-issue). If I don’t keep it fun and flexible, it could drive me crazy. And, that is not the point!
Any additional comments on my bizarre foods? Are there combines and tractors to be seen at work in the fields near you?