Sunday, September 15, 2013

Puff Balling + Biking

I got into a few adventures this weekend - Although I haven't been feeling too terrible well.  Nevertheless daylight was burning on Saturday, my mom took Molly for a few hours, so Shelly and I loaded up 800lbs of scrap steel of clean up around the farm.  We took it into Secondary Resources and got a piddly 6 cents per pound.  Well, with just under 50 extra bucks in our pocket we had a bite to eat and thought how nice it was to get a bit more cleaned up.  That just leaves 20 tires off the rim to take to the dump....  I guess we got our farm looking pretty good all in all for the year.  There aren't any trails cut - We still need a bulldozer for 10 hours or so to move and shake the place up.  But it is not so bad out there for the most part.

In the afternoon I got on the bike for some ripping around and back road exploration.  I hit most of the usual paths around Ball's Bridge and the railroad trails.  It was a terrific day.  No problems with the bike other than it is incredibly dirty.  It is a bit colder and I'll tell you that those air cooled engines love the low teen temps.  If anything then, the bike is running great.  I plan on being on it this week quite a bit and taking it down to Windsor on the weekend.  As long as it isn't raining, I'll be happy.

Sunday was a bit of the same thing.  I had the bike out.  Mid September however means puffball season.  So I was blazing path through Kinloss Township looking for the famed white Basidiomycota.
So ya, it didn't take too long before I came across a few beauties.  I ended up scoring 5.  3 were somewhat bigger than basketballs.  2 were just bigger than a tennis ball.  They all were really hard.  The harder the better.  These things can grow quite big, quite fast.  The barely last 3 days or so until they rot out and turn soft and yellow.
These are really rich tasting.  You can't eat too much or you'll feel it.  First you have to cut a few inches off the outside.  Then, take a decent enough look for the odd worm or snail that may have burrowed into it for habitat.  They are best fried.  I cook them as if I was cooking french toast.  I beat 3 or 4 eggs into a medium sized cake pan.  I slice the puffball into the thickness and size of a piece of bread.  Just the egg though.  And of course I butter the pan and have it hot.  Not many people have ever tried a puffball.  I have also found that not many people are willing to try them either.  Like I said, you can't eat too much of one, but they are okay.

Up next - goose and duck season is open!  Bow hunting for deer starts at the end of September.  There is a fall turkey season that starts just after Thanksgiving.  November first is rifle season in Lucknow for deer.... So anyway, just a few examples of how the land provides. 

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