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While out driving yesterday I came across these old ruins in the distance and decided to jump over some fences and traipse across some boggy fields in order to do it some justice with a nice photograph.
One of the great pleasures of getting lost along the narrow winding country roads of Monaghan is that you’re forever liable to be surprised by some forgotten ruins or some beautiful, but poorly signposted lake just around the corner.
I have no idea what this building was once used for or even its location exactly and I’m never really likely to learn much more about it. As a result, this fine ruin will forever retain its air of mystery and I’m left to imagine how it might’ve looked in its former glory, which I suppose is no band thing really.
I’ve been trying my luck with some foraging this autumn trying to make the most of nature’s bounty before the cold of winter puts an end to any new life. Whilst blackberries have always been a favorite of mine to pick down winding country roads, this year I branched out into some fungi. However, because I don’t have a great deal of mushroom knowledge i decided to keep things simple by focusing on one gastronomical shroom that seems to thrive throughout the woodlands of country Monaghan.
Behold above the deliciously dainty chanterelle in all its glory on an autumnal forest floor that I found whilst walking around the wetlands of Ballybay.
This is a mushroom that I find quite easy to identify as a result of its distinctive shape and the tantalising aroma of peach that they give off when they’re freshly picked. However, if you decide to go hunting for some mushrooms yourself make sure to consult an expert before you eat anything as misidentification can result in some very nasty side effects!
Here’s a picture of a dish that I created which comprises pan seared wild Irish venision in a redcurrant jus complimented by some hand picked chanterelle mushrooms that turn this wonderful piece of meat into an extremely tasty autumal dish that makes the very best of seasonal produce.