So here goes. Let me me warn you though there will be an intermission, interrupted with a mushroom recipe and then we continue onto some of the Fungi Exhibits.
I absolutely loved the collection of hand stitched textile exhibits, all showcasing a mushroom and each one unique and carefully crafted.
If you click on the image, you will see a number of others. Each one different, exquisite and stunning in its own way.Fungi Saviour of the Planet- the Mycosphere!
Okay here comes the recipe: Kale Covered Barley with Green Mushrooms. Some of you will know that barley is being used in place of rice in risotto style dishes. The first time I ever came across Barley Risotto was in The Millennium Cookbook (1998) by Eric Tucker. I've made Barlotto as it is pretentiously known a few times, but this is not a Barlotto.
Its a simple recipe, I cooked the barley until it was tender, drained it and set it aside. I sauteed one onion and a little garlic, until nicely soft then stirred in 100g chopped mushrooms. Once the mushrooms begun to soften, I stirred in the barley along with four tablespoons of cooked pureed kale and cooked for a few minutes. The mushrooms don't look so green in this photo, but I assure you the mushrooms had sponged up the kale colours. It wasn't the most satisfying meal I have ever had, but I sure felt healthy eating it. You could try enhancing it further with some feta cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and black olives.
Back to the Amazing Fungi exhibits.
Fungus The Bogeyman by Raymond Briggs
Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars
Eagle Comic Presents Judge Dredd
Psychedelic Magic Mushroom Band Albums - Groovy Baby!
If you enjoyed these, then you may also like the Plant Pharmacy Patchwork also seen at the Botanic Garden of Wales.