Another Revelation - Puffballs

My good friend, , found a couple of these in the paddock at the back of his house:

Puffball

Now, normally I wouldn't be seen dead eating any type of fungi that hadn't been checked over by an expert. Umm... ...thinking about it, should that be: "I would be seen dead...!" Anyway, you get the gist. However, there's apparently very little else that a puffball this size can be mistaken for; as long as the flesh is white, it's safe to eat. Very small ones are a different matter; the immature form of some of the deadliest fungi can be mistaken for those.

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North Staffordshire or Derbyshire Oatcakes

It's quite amazing how certain foods are so local, that even though you live in the County bordering those where they're made, you've managed to get to 56 years old without ever having them.

The Derbyshire or North Staffordshire oatcake is such a one; it wasn't until about 6 weeks ago, on a visit to Hartington, that I had tasted my first oatcake. I've hardly stopped eating them ever since!

North Staffordshire or Derbyshire Oatcakes

Unlike the biscuit that shares its name, the oatcake is soft. I'll leave the debate as to whether they're originally a Staffordshire or Derbyshire speciality to others, but certainly, Stoke on Trent is now its spiritual home. 'National Oatcake Day' is celebrated in the area on 8th August, and the local football club's fanzine is even named after them.

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