Got lucky today while walking around the yard and found the 'ol Grifola frondosa , otherwise known as Hen of the Woods. It's basically a mushroom as big as your head. Kid you not. I know, I am the LAST person to wander the yard seeking random fungi to cook up, I don't even LIKE mushrooms, except for this one. And maybe morels. But these guys are GOOD.
Here's a picture:
I made a Hen of the Woods Risotto. I can only make it pretty much once a year, these things only come near fall, at the very end of things. I like it too because it doesn't look like any other mushroom on the planet. ( I hear you can get into trouble with some of them, remember Alice?? )
Right, ok, enough with the nature. I feel some ROCK coming on and am off to get ready for my gig tonight, which will entail finding something other than my mushroom hunting wear , that is fairly clean ( Tell us, Lorraine, what does one wear for hunting mushrooms??? You are always SUCH a fashionista on stage......HA! Ask Malena, SHE is the one with the fashion sense. I am just going for CLEAN tonight, which may be harder than it sounds...)
Ought to be fun, Joe Smith from Bedlam is coming down to sit in ( largely because he wants to borrow half my PA and I am not letting him at it until he plays for us ) and I have been missing Charlie's.
Speaking of Charlie's, I should mention, Lojo Russo and I are playing a show together on Thanksgiving weekend, Friday and Saturday ( at Charlie's ) Not that we are a band, not that we much know each others music, but, hey, any excuse to hang out with her for a couple of nights, I can promise you, tho, it will be entertaining. ( and I bet the music won't be half bad either. )
Our Malena has been beyond busy these days with movie and TV sorts of actress things, you know how they are. Last I heard she was working with George Lucas, re-shooting the first three Star Wars movies, starring as Han Solo, no Princess Leia for this Girl! Give her a gun and let her at the bad guys! I think she plays an alien or two as well. ( SUCH an acting stretch, I slay myself! )
Kimberly Butler called today to say they were deep into the edit and did I have any opinions on things. ( well, maybe, I want to look like Malena. Only shorter and with red hair. She says there is only so much they can do in CGI ) We ought to have more cd and video news very soon for you, and you will be the first to hear it.
I'll leave you with more mushrooms, I don't know who this guy IS at all, but I know how he feels finding Mushrooms as Big as Your Head! ( this will be me in 40 years, Malena will be there too, in a long black dress, complete with cauldron, cooking up my mushrooms...)
Love, Music and Mushrooms,