Not mushroom for error

AS A CHILD my parents drilled two basic warnings into my head: Don’t talk to strangers and don’t eat wild mushrooms.

My entire career has been based on talking to strangers. So when a huge circle of mushrooms magically appeared in the backyard, it got me thinking that maybe I should also reconsider the advice about fungus.

I enlisted the help of a friend who has often told me how she has picked and cooked wild field mushrooms. She’d learned how to recognise edible varieties