Sunday, August 02, 2009

Fresh Chanterelles here now!

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Just a quick note to say guess what landed on our shores today! Well, not quite today, but today was when I discovered that they were here. Fresh chanterelles!!! Yes, it's been that long since the previous time I came across them at a local specialty food store. And it's been that long since I have been checking back to see if they have returned.

And today, when I was looking for some fresh thyme, these beloved forest creatures caught me totally by surprise. Fresh chanterelles are, as you can surmise by now, not regularly available here. My chanterelle cravings are usually sated vicariously through this blog. But today...today they are mine!

Now, to anyone who actually is lucky enough to have these mushrooms grow near them, know that I use the term "fresh" quite loosely. These specimens are imported so may be less sprightly for their long trip over to the tropics. But having them here, neither frozen nor dried, is thrill enough for us!

If you are in Manila, you can find these lovelies at Santis Delicatessen Rockwell branch...while supplies last. They are quite pricey (at P1000++ per kilo) but you can purchase 100-200 grams and enjoy them anyway :) Or splurge and freeze what you won't use immediately.

We had these for dinner simply sauteed with some butter, garlic, parsley, and cream alongside a roast chicken that C cooked. Happy Sunday indeed!

26 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Delightful! I LOVE mushrooms! Just sauteed in butter, with shallots, mmmmmhhh...

Cheers,

Rosa

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Those are beautiful! I love them in creamy risotto with shallots and white wine. Enjoy!

Junglefrog said...

O wow, they look delicious. We don't have them fresh that often either, so always happy to find them too!

Midge said...

I just got a bag of them, Joey! These are definitely going into the pan with some shallots, garlic, and butter. :D

Zoe said...

So jealous!

Dhanggit said...

I'm so amazed everytime I read Pinoy bloggers and their rare finds in our market :-) Chanterelles in butter you can't go wrong with that!! yummy!!

ps, would you happen to know if they were they grown locally?

ChichaJo said...

Hi Rosa! Me too! :)

Hi Susan! I will have to try a risotto next time (hopefully there will be a next time!) :)

Hi Junglefrog! Yes, isn’t it such a thrill when you come upon something you don’t often have? Makes it that much more special! :)

Hi Midge! Glad you were able to get some!!! :) Enjoy!

Hi Zoe! Hope you get some your way too soon!

Hi Dhanggit! Rare is definitely the right word! These are imported (and cost a pretty penny) and only appear once in a blue moon...to my knowledge we don’t have any locally grown chanterelles to speak of.

Erin said...

I can't wait for chanterelle season! I went hog wild with them last season and have been craving them ever since. My favorite way to have them is cooked with cider roasted chicken and apples. They get all smothered in the pan juices, it's heavenly.

Enjoy your fungi!

veron said...

Oh, Joey I am so jealous. Nothing better to enjoy chanterelles sauteed in garlic and butter!

Manggy said...

Awesome! Just a little more expensive than cherries, which I adore but can't buy either :( Meanwhile, me mum is buying cans and cans of button mushrooms, even as I tell her there's practically no use for those pieces of rubber! Ugh!

white on rice couple said...

You've convinced me, I just get some of these, somehow, someway!
Thanks for the suggestion of the simple sautee and I'm especially loving the CREAM!

ribbiticus said...

they look divine, jojo! bet they taste just as good. =)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Erin! You are lucky to have a chaterelle season! I have to wait and see if this store decides to order them...siiigh! Having them with cider roasted chicken and apples sounds divine!

Hi Veron! No need to be jealous :) I’m sure you get these mushrooms more than we do...plus morels! MMM!

Hi Manggy! Hehe...hey, you can buy 100-200 grams to make a small portion just for yourself and spend the same for a venti-frappo-something at Starbucks! I have a MBA in Rationalization Economics ;)

Hi WORC! I’m sure it’s easier for you to find over there :) I love cream on mushrooms :)

Hi Ribbiticus! They are awesome! And so easy to prepare :)

Christelle said...

Humm, fresh mushrooms, these are beautiful, how lucky you are!! :)

Jackie at PhamFatale.com said...

Those are some fresh good-looking mushrooms. I love chanterelles. They are so flavorful. Perfect in a simple omelette or in a risotto. Yum

betty q. said...

I cannot get lanzones, ATIS here unless I go to Asian stores, HOWEVEr to compensate for that, I can get my fill of chanterelles, King Bolete, lobster mushrooms among others as the season progresses...Morel season is over. Yes, chanterelles...QUEEN of the forest as they say and when I go pick them with my friend, I quickly saute them, add a bit of chicken stock and freeze in zip plock bags. I prefer to store them this way than dehydrate them. I don't like the texture of the rehydrated ones. The frozen ones in chicken stock tastes way better. I still have quite a bit leftover in the freezer from last year's foraging.

Violet said...

I love fresh chanterelles. We have amazing mushroom spot up here in the Pacific Northwest. Makes me want to go mushroom hunting now. :)

Andrew said...

I've never cooked with chanterelles before although I guess I could probably pick some up in Borough Market in London.

My favourite recipe is to do a wild mushroom risotto on top of some parsley risotto - gorgeous!

Thanks
Andrew - Onceuponathyme

Divina Pe, RHN said...

Just dropping a note to say that I am enjoying reading your blog. Thanks for the inspiration. Looking forward for more of your posts. Divina

ChichaJo said...

Hi Christelle! I was counting my lucky stars! :)

Hi Jackie! They really are flavourful...I can imagine the wonderful risotto you could make with them!

Hi Betty Q! Lucky lucky you! All those wild mushrooms! And you can pick them yourselves??? Ah! My dream! :)

Hi Violet! Another forager...how I wish :)

Hi Andrew! I must do a risotto next time! Chanterelles are delicious...even just simply sautéed in butter!

Hi Divine! Thanks so much for dropping by and leaving a comment! Glad you are enjoying the blog! :)

sha said...

Yes risotto with these terrific... autumn na in one month the market will be full of them soon.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Sha! Lucky you!

Anonymous said...

I lived in Sweden and was spoiled with fresh "Kantareller" as they are called. Was blessed with a trip back "home" and went to an open market only to find huge boxes of these wonderful mushrooms for sale. Why is it so hard to find these delicacies in this huge country. No supermarket in the state of Oklahoma ever carries them. I am sure Martha Stewart would find them for her show!!!!

Anonymous said...

I lived in Sweden and was spoiled with fresh "Kantareller" as they are called. Was blessed with a trip back "home" and went to an open market only to find huge boxes of these wonderful mushrooms for sale. Why is it so hard to find these delicacies in this huge country. No supermarket in the state of Oklahoma ever carries them. I am sure Martha Stewart would find them for her show!!!!

Pille said...

Finally :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Pille! Yes I know right?? :)