Meet a 'Pied Blue Wood Blewitt '- the result of a foraging expedition (in a local shop). The 'Pied' part being French for foot.
I liked the blue - the colour of a the sky after sunset and poisonous-looking - but at £44.48 a kg, I decided to buy just one to try. 'Good in omelettes,' the sign in the shop said, or 'in a cream sauce', but I took this single fruiting body and fried it in a little oil.
I was expecting it to taste uninterestingly of mushroom, but it didn't. It smelt of peaty earth and tasted something like white meat, and went very well with the small pieces of pate I'd added to our lentil salad.