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Experiments with chanterelle vodka

As one of my recent MoFo experiments, I cooked with girolles - little golden mushrooms also known as chanterelles.

When I was having a google around to work out what to do with the girolles, I came across a suggestion of using them to flavour vodka. Another of my MoFo experiments involved vodka. 'Holy moly - that's food serendipity right there!', I thought, and quickly combined the two, leaving them to sit for as long as it took to turn the vodka a dainty beige.

Here's what it turned out like. You reckon it looks like a science experiment involving formaldehyde? I'm with you there, buddy.


Still, I'm very much of the belief that you never leave alcohol behind if you've paid for it, so I turned it into a chanterelle Bloody Mary.


MoFo taught me I really like chanterelles, and I like cooking with vodka. It also taught me that two rights can in fact make a wrong - as it did spectacularly here.

Jeez, but this was grim.

Turns out if you're making chanterelle vodka, you need to buy a decent vodka, not the paintstripper crap that's on special offer at Tesco. I tell you this, dear reader, from bitter experience, having wasted both a quarter-pint of cooking vodka and a handful of chanterelles in concocting something that appears to have taken the best elements of both and stamped all over them like a toddler after too much tartrazine.

Still, never leave a drink behind right? I'm off to Google 'recipes using godawful chanterelle vodka'. Wish me luck.

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10 comments

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  2. I LOVE this post--not because your experiment went awry but because you had the cojones to be honest about it. So much of the blogosphere is a fantasyland where bread always rises, cookies always bake to golden-brown perfection and food is always perfectly plated. This is reality--goofs happen. I so appreciate your doing this!

    Confession from Philly: I am trying to veganize Twinkies and my first attempt the cake landed in the trash last nite.

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  3. Mushroom...vodka?! Um...I'd probably have to pass on that one. :) But I'm weird about savory-ish drinks (don't even really like bloody mary's) so yeah. I think I'd pass on it even if Grey Goose vodka was used! Too bad it was a fail, though.

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  4. D'oh! It looked like I double posted, and so I deleted one of my comments. Ends up I didn't double post, and I just deleted my comments altogether. Anyway, sorry the vodka didn't work out, but thanks for the amusing story!!

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  5. Sometimes the worst mistakes make the funniest posts! Sorry about your loss, but the fact that you tried to make mushroom vodka ... what can I say? I'm not 100% convinced that if you used expensive vodka the results would be better, but hey, that's what experimenting is all about. Maybe you can make some spaghetti sauce with it. :D Keep us posted.

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  6. Your posts are always fun to read and bring a smile to my face! I'm sorry that this bold and expensive experiment didn't work out for you, hopefully you'll have better luck playing around next time.

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  7. What I'm most impressed with is that anyone thinks mushroom flavoured vodka would be a good thing ;) I love mushies, but don't want them in a cocktail. Maybe you could use it up in a savoury dish... I've seen recipes around for vodka-spiked pasta sauce. Maybe you could make mushroom flavoured vodka tomato sauce?

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  8. Well it was an adventurous thing to make so I give you credit for trying at least. I hope you do find a recipe using godawful chanterelle vodka - ha ha. (I love the word "godawful.") Theresa's idea of tomato sauce sounds like it might be good.

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  9. A+ for effort... and an entertaining post? Either way I've got an award for you over at my blog
    http://www.skinny-vegan-food.com/2012/12/leibster-award.html
    Feel free to play along or ignore it if you want!
    Love & smiles xxx

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  10. Shame the bloody mary didn't save it! Maybe some Penne alla vodka is worth a try?

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