In other news, The Girl fell behind us in the bog to look at the occasional mushroom, and I didn’t mind – when we and several adults went into a forest to find mushrooms, she found more than everyone else combined. It must come from being so close to the ground.
are supposed to be quite scarce in bogs, but The Girl found a
lactarius, a boletus and a puffball, the latter two of which were
We also found, in our own yard, an Ink Cap mushroom -- edible when
young, although they become toxic when drunk with alcohol.
were a bit too old to eat, but I remembered that monks in the abbeys
around us used to soak and boil them to create ink for their writings.
Thus, The Girl and I have tried to do the same.
I let the mushrooms soak with cloves for a few days, and then simmered to reduce the liquid. We've been able to use the resulting ink, but we don't know yet how long it will last.