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Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Guess What's coming to Dinner?
Mushrooms are an amazing food. And an amazing plant. We have plenty of guests who enjoy prowling through our trails and woods seeking out edible mushrooms and then enjoying them at the table.
One of the easiest to recognize is the puffball. Not to mention one of the tastiest...
Dave found this ginormous one while working on the cedar rail fenceline by the road. With one exception, these big puffballs have no poisonous look-a-likes so they are fair game for beginners.
Try not to wash this mushroom under water, or it will become too soggy to sauté. Slice the puffball, sauté it, steam it, or simmer it in soups, like other mushrooms. It's also great baked or grilled. It has a rich, earthy flavor with a texture of marshmallows. Emulating Paul Tapley's favourite recipe, we often fry it lightly in some butter... delicious.
So, what is the puffball you must never eat? Why of course it is the False Giant Puffball (Poison Goalpost Fungus)
Note the cracked surface about to erupt, ejecting enough spores to victimize up to 22 people at once!
This mushroom is so deadly, merely inhaling the spores rearranges your brain's neural synapses, making you race endlessly back and forth across a field, stopping occasionally to jump up and down and cheer or curse insanely, never resting until death from exhaustion ensues. Poisoning is so virulent, relatives of the victim, especially the parents, have been known to succumb as well!
It appears to be a seasonal condition...
Really, it's easy to tell them apart, so go foraging without fear! Just beware of the goal posts!
Speaking of foraging without fear, the gardens this time of year always have a very healthy crop of weeds. Pigweed and Lamb's Quarters are more than abundant, much to Carol's despair. So imagine our delight when we found a recipe for a Puffball and Lamb's Quarters Salad! Which we are happy to share. \
Raw wild mushrooms may get you sick, and even commercial mushrooms contain carcinogenic hydrazines (similar to rocket fuel) which is dissipated only by cooking. But steamed puffballs are more than suitable in salads, here balanced with equally strong-tasting lamb’s-quarters.
3/4 cups lamb’s-quarters leaves or spinach
1/2 cup steamed pear-shaped puffballs, other puffballs, or other mushrooms
1/3 cup any wild onion bulbs or commercial onion bulbs, chopped
1 tbs. cilantro, parsley, or dill weed, chopped
6 tbs. olive oil
1 tbs. red wine vinegar
1 tbs. lime juice or lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, crushed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper or cayenne hot pepper to taste
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You can check our availability on-line. We work hard to keep this current, but it may lag actual bookings. And it may not be 100% accurate...
We do have vacancies throughout July and August, but not that many... so you should scoop up yours! In fact, there are only about nine vacancies left for this summer!! We've got your cottage waiting, but you should call now!
We much prefer to keep the personal touch, and to discuss your booking the 'old-fashioned' way, directly, person to person! This helps us ensure that we've got your booking just the way you want it.
1 888 300 2132 or 705 635 2261 or email us. We've got your cottage ready!
Changing the Season
August is on the doorstep. We currently have no vacancies until September, and our guests are enjoying the lake, the calling loons, the quiet times and all the activities that go with a summer here at Bondi Village. Get out of the city, restore your soul...
This means that we are now accepting reservations for two night stays and weekend packages during September and October -- the fall colours are astonishing, and on our own 600 acre property, there are so many walking trails and lookout views that there's no need to battle traffic into the Park just to see the beauty! Algonquin is always amazing, but during high colour season, best seen mid-week. There are so many other wonderful places around where you can enjoy the autumn without the congestion of the road, and we are happy to direct you to them.
We have great deals during the fall season, for couples, up to small groups of 18 people.
And don't forget Winter -- we've got vacancies for Christmas! We'll provide the tree, and you bring the family.
We've got a fantastic place to gather, enjoy the scenery, relax by a fire, and spend time with family and friends. Whether a quiet couples' getaway, or a family reunion or a club outing , we've got your cottage waiting.
We'd love to hear from you. The experiences our guests have are precious to us. If you have photos you took at Bondi, we'd love to have those as well. You can email them to Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org
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We are very proud of Napster, our tail-painting cat, who uses his lovely artwork to raise money for charities. This lovely little creature passed away July 2015, but left a huge legacy, having raised over $12,000 for various charities through the sale of his artwork. That artwork, through prints and notecards, is still available. Click here to visit Napster's Blog and visit the gallery of his tail-paintings.
Now sold around the world, he was honoured to have his artwork sold around the globe -- he even has a print with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Click on the following links to enjoy a 'virtual ski' round some of our 15 km. of groomed track set cross country ski trails. Thanks to Altitude and Attitude, North Muskoka gets the kind of winter you can really enjoy. Huge thanks to Eric Prince, the creative mind that made this videos happen!
Click here to enjoy seeing a variety of our trails.
And Click Here for another cross country ski adventure.
and this one, in 2014, just days before the snow vanished, from Hawke Lake on down. Click Here
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