English folklore suggests that Robin Hood hid from the King’s men inside the carved out base of an 800 to1000 year old oak tree in the Sherwood Forest. When the rich were robbing the poor with frivolous taxing, the forest not only provided refuge but also nourishment in the form of meaty hen of the woods mushrooms growing prolifically at the bases of these oak trees. Known in Japan as Maitake, these tasty wild mushrooms are found living on the roots of trees and are prized for their medicinal qualities as well as their rich umami flavor. A prolific, meaty mushroom with a five to ten year growing cycle, this species is known as the “dancing mushroom.” According to Japanese legend, Buddhist nuns discovered a cluster of Maitake mushrooms emerging from the forest floor. Rejoicing at the discovery of this immune system enhancing species, they danced to celebrate. Roasted with little more than garlic, thyme, and olive oil, these mushrooms make for an earthy, substantial, vegetarian meal when served on top of a silky cauliflower puree with a perfectly poached egg.