Hey guys, how have you been? Have you been eating lots of healthy & tasty vegan foods lately? I hope so. Today’s entry is going to be pretty awesome. My dear friend Carina and I did a little hike in the woods and collected mushrooms and wild blackberries. Collecting mushrooms is something I didn’t do in at least 10 years even though it is quite a tradition in Austria. There are lots of poisonous or non edible types and so far I used to be slightly worried about that. Thank god Carina always comes up with the most creative things to do and turns out you can never go wrong with good old chanterelle!
– C O L L E C T I N G M U S H R O O M S –
Carina has a helpful book which lists all the different types of mushrooms and how to distinguish them. Apparently the area, which was around Fischbach (Between Weiz, Bruck an der Mur & Mürzzuschlag) is quite well known since more experienced mushroom collectors already emptied out the places we have been looking for. Next time we are going to plan in a long hike up front to find them precious mushrooms in the shaddy, hidden and moist places. After all it was about the experience and spending time with each other. We had so much fun, long talks, laughter and got to know each other much better. At some point we decided to give up and ended up doing something really fun & spontaneous. We went to a summer toboggan run. I felt just like a kid. After that we bought ciabatta, hummus, vegan ice cream and here it comes: some more mushrooms because we found so little. Shame! Shame! Shame!
Carina introduced me to her lovely family and we had a delicious brunch, with fresh salad and thyme from their big garden. We shared some ice cream with her cute grand father who was really confused by the vegan peanut ice cream which is based on oat milk. While he was trying to guess the flavor he told us stories about his time as a prisoner of war in Egypt. Only the positive memories stayed, he even was in a „Schuhplattler“-gang touring around Egypt to entertain tourists. Her grandmother could not have been happier about the wild black berries, and already had a recipe in mind.
After all life is good and spending time with the people you love makes you happy. To me the woods couldn’t be more special. They take away all the everyday hectic, stress vanishes in seconds. I can’t wait for our next adventure. And when I say adventure, I mean going to places we don’t know, having fun like kids and getting wounded by branches. No pain, no gain. I am very glad Carina did most of the collecting, so I was able to do what I love to do most: taking pictures of the people I love and places that touch me. Check out how cute she is!!! Thank you for this great day, I will never forget it. Love ya girlfriend! ♡
for 2; vegan, gluten free
– SIMPLE MUSHROOM DISH –
up to 300 g of chanterelles
(or add in other mushrooms of choice)
4 cloves of garlic
pinch of salt
1. Wash mushrooms and remove all the dirt from the woods.
2. Chop up the onion and the garlic cloves. Cut mushrooms into pieces if needed as well.
3. Heat a pan with olive oil and and add onion and after frying it for about two minutes add garlic as well. Now bring in mushrooms and add some salt.
4. Stir and wait for about 10 to 15 minutes depending on the type of mushroom. (We started with the champignons first and added the chanterelles after about five minutes)
Serve with toasted ciabatta, hummus, tomatoes, fresh salad and olives or basically anything you want.