Porcini Mushrooms

They aren't technically in season now, but they are readily available at Woolworths (next to the onions) in little 40g containers.

It's amazing how something so woody can become something so delicious. I have always thought it so cool that mushrooms can be rehydrated, a porcini's are my favourite for this reason. I'm not a big fan of mushies, but porcini's are so rich in this deep, earthy and sweet flavour. When soaked, they absorb water like a sponge and exude their concentrated, pungent flavour.

They need to be soaked for 15 minutes in boiled water, drained and fried off before use. (Apparently raw porcini's and tummies do not get along!) Be sure to reserve the liquid they've soaked in as this can add so much depth to risotto's, soups, stir-fry's and sauces.