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wild thing: you make my heart sing {scalloped lions mane}

Posted Sep 06 2013 10:15pm

lions mane

Wild thing: you make my heart sing…

Not gunna lie, I totally forgot the rest of the words to that song.

But I know you didn’t come to this post to hear me sing.

You came to hear about wild food. REAL FOOD. A food close and dear in my heart. (and my belly!)

So what is a wild food? It’s anything edible that has had no management to increase its production; in other words, it can survive on it’s own.)  This can include plants (leaves, berries, nuts or sap), fungi, or animals . Typically, a wild food has an abundant amount of nutrients in it, higher than anything that a human can cultivate. Think about it: these foods can just exist in the wild world: no tending or care needed. They must be pretty strong !

In this case, I found some wild LIONS MANE mushroom.

Total score! This was right in my backyard too! I was so excited when I learned what it was: and I just had to share it with you.


Lion’s mane is a mushroom that is easy to find and forage…as you can see. There really is nothing else that looks quite like it, which is why they say it’s the easiest and safest mushroom to forage. But don’t get me wrong, it’s not every day you find a glorious one like this! But if you do, don’t pass it up!

Lion’s mane has been known to increase BRAIN FUNCTION and in some cases help with Alzheimer’s disease.

Mushrooms in particular are very special; you can find more great information on this particular mushroom in this article .


As you see in this picture, to prepare a mushroom like this, you can rinse it with water in the sink and then you will want to squeeze out all of the extra liquid.

Don’t worry- the mushroom won’t break. It kind of acts like a sponge, and when you squeeze it, all of the water will come right out.

(thanks to my mom for her hand modeling!)

I didn’t really know much about how to prepare this mushroom, but I did hear that the texture was close to scallops or lobster (yes, it’s true!) so I went with a citrus and fresh tomato type of sauce.

Combine wild food with love in the kitchen- I don’t think there’s anything better.


The spices I went with in this dish were paprika, red pepper flakes, garlic and lemon juice all sauteed in coconut oil.

Add a dash of salt, some flax, and fresh parsley- and you’ve got yourself a brain-boosting, tummy-friendly delicious little meal for yourself.


scalloped lions mane + a love for wild foods



your ingredients
  • 1 large lions mane mushroom, cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 handful cherry tomatoes, crushed or chopped
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax
  • 1 lemon, juiced

your instructions
  1. Start by heating the coconut oil up in a pan.
  2. Add mushrooms and cook for about 6 minutes, or until they start to brown.
  3. Add in cherry tomatoes, lemon juice, paprika, red pepper flakes, and garlic powder. Cook until tomatoes are fully heated through, about 5 minutes.
  4. Make sure the mushroom is a bit crispy on the edges.
  5. Add ground flax, salt to taste, and fresh parsley at the end.
  6. Serve and enjoy your brain boosting superfood meal!



This wild thing is still making my heart sing…

A week later...

There really is a special connection that you receive from finding wild food and preparing it for yourself. It feels as if the food item was literally made for you. A gift from mama gaya!

I think my future holds some good foraging adventures, what do you think?



Have you ever made a WILD MEAL for yourself?

Let me know in the comments below!



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