Mushrooms and fungi, it's all good. And certainly, everything doesn't have to be cooked, photographed, written about, etc. on a single day. Do it as you can. The 12th is simply an arbitrary date that everything has to be posted by. The date isn't cut in stone. As far as Sunday goes, due to religeous beliefs, not everyone can participate on Sunday.
Oh, and the mushroom Mimi's talking about is in excess of $100 per pound. But it is sold dried and can be had in small packages for around $20 if anyone is interested in doing an on-line search for mushroom dessert recipes. And that package contains sufficient shrooms to make a dessert.
And there are those on the site who can gather fresh, wild mushrooms right now. The ground here is frozen and won't start thawing out for at least another month. But I can work with what is available at the grocers, or if I want, I could probably order online and receive product before the deadline and get my stuff made.
This is a contest where you challenge yourself to expand how you think about food and food preparation. One of the original postulates for this contest was that the ingredients must be accessible to everyone, and at a reasonable price. I would discourage everyone from breaking the bank in order to make something sumptuous. Don't go purchasing edible gold leaf, or truffles, or the finest chocolate on the planet. Make you entries from common, and inexpensive foods. Concentrate on creativity, technique, and flavor. Most importantly, have fun (now that doesn't mean making Exlax brownies for your hubbie
. And I don't care if he didn't bring you flowers on Valentine's Day. That would just be mean.
Dave and LPBeier have the spirit of this thing perfect.
Seeeeeeya; Goodweed of the North