We shot our puffball footage, and as promised, here are a couple of different frame grabs.
This Calvatia gigantea was a real beauty--and it fried up nicely in panko bread-crumbed cutlet (shout out to Gary Lincoff for his preferred culinary application).
A scene from "Lucien and the Giant Puffballs" (with apologies to Roald Dahl).
On our way to shoot, we found another log covered in oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus). The cultivated varieties are nice, but I find the flavor much more intense when they grow in the wild.
Roasted in a hot oven (400-425º) in Spanish olive oil is my preferred cooking method for these.