Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Mushroom hunting chart and how to say Happy Fall in French

Mushroom hunting is a favorite Autumn past-time in this part of the world.  A few years ago, I came across this mushroom hunting chart Les Champignons Comestibles de Chez Nous par un Chasseur de Champignons (in English 'Edible Mushrooms Near Us by a Mushroom Hunter') – it's Swiss and was printed in Lausanne, Switzerland. Unfortunately I can't find a publication date, but if I were guessing I'd say probably the 30's or 40's.

It's designed to help mushroom hunters find the safest mushrooms to eat (you have to be careful, eating the wrong type of mushrooms can be fatal). The colors are amazing!  It unfolds like a map and inside are 23 varieties of edible mushrooms. It tells you where to find them, how to prepare them and even gives you a recipe.

It says here that the Trumpette des Morts is especially good in an omelette. Although its name isn't one to inspire confidence (translated it means 'Trumpet of death') they are very tasty.

There's even a warning page – ATTENTION ! – it says, searching out rare mushrooms should be left to men of science. And it goes on to warn you of the inherent dangers involved in eating the wrong type.

Since I prefer to buy my mushrooms at the market, I've found another use for the chart . . . a card! I made this card for this week's sketch challenge at Passion Cartes Créatif, a French card making magazine I like.  In case you're wondering how to say Happy Fall in French it's 'Joyeux Automne' (I printed out the sentiment on the computer). Although, that's not normally a sentiment you'd see here in France. My French version of this post is here.


Paper –  G. Lalo card stock, Folia, Picadilly Eat at Joe's. Dies – Toga, Artemio. Embellishments –ribbon, orange flat back pearls.

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