Rachel Lambert: forager, author, guide
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14th December 2018
Still got Blackberries in the freezer? Try this!

I am so excited because I just found a bag of blackberries at the back of my freezer. I thought I'd used them all, though no! I haven't. These will be perfect for making a yummy dessert, and it is party food time of year, isn't it?! I could say a lot about blackberries (Rubus […]

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17th September 2018
A Forager's Dog - Paddy foraging Blackberries

I have a foraging dog. He's called Paddy McGinity (a name I inherited rather than gifted to him), and yes, he can climb rocks and cliffs as agile as a goat. Most of the time my dog is with me on forays, while I forage and teach up to 100 different species of wilds in […]

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31st August 2020
Rich Blackberry Cordial Recipe

This blackberry cordial is divine, with a deep flavour. Use for hot or cold drinks, drizzled over hot porridge, over chocolate cake, over baked cheesecake, or mix with whiskey. I'll be sharing these recipes later on. The secret is in letting the blackberry juices release and not adding any additional water. That way you are […]

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31st August 2020
Blackberry Seed, Buckwheat and Seaweed Crackers

These roasted buckwheat, blackberry seed and seaweed crackers are wild! I've been tweaking this recipe for a while and it is my favourite version yet. They're a little pink, or is it red or mauve, created by the addition of dried blackberry pulp and dulse seaweed. They are perfect for serving with my Baba Ganoush […]

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30th August 2019
Delicious Blackberry Jam Recipe

Ahhh, blackberries (rubus fruticosus), our native super fruit, so full of flavour, fibre, vitamin C and K. Pretty much everyone knows blackberries, actually it is blackberries that makes many people a forager, yes, if you've picked and eaten wild blackberries you are a forager! I love to pick and munch these wonderful fruits as I […]

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10th December 2018
Foraging: Free Gifts, Freely Given

It’s a fresh winter morning and I am sitting watching the sky lighten and the day begin. I am just sitting, doing nothing, while the day is offering nothing less than a performance. Blue sky starts to peek through, charcoal grey clouds move slowly in front of me, then disintegrate. White gulls glide elegantly past, […]

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5th November 2018
The First Frost and What it Means for Us and Wild Fruits

Depending where you are in the country, the first frost might have been and gone weeks ago. If the temperature has already plummeted, you may have seen fruits of sloes, rosehips, rowan berries, haws and maybe even blackberries covered in a crisp and magically frosted outer. Cornish Frost - Myth or Reality? Here in West […]

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16th August 2018
Dear Miss Blackberry

    Miss Blackberry, are you winking at me? Flashing your juicy smile my way. How can I resist your deep colouring and shiny curves dotting the prickly hedgerows. And how can I decipher your sweetness from your sour sisters and under-ripe brothers?     It's hard to know isn't it. Hard to know which […]

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8th August 2018
Traditional Blackberry Cobbler Recipe

Full of irresistible flavour, in a British pudding kind-of-way, with no awards for appearances. A cobbler is a baked dish made with fruit and batter, it’s stodgy, filling and easy to make. Just as satisfying as bread pudding, using blackberries as a flavouring makes it a classic for September. Oh, September has ended? Well, your […]

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7th February 2018
How I got into Foraging

Despite being brought up in the city, my early memories are of nature; sitting in a field and talking an imaginary language, going down to see the ‘catkins’ on the tree at the bottom of the garden, and picking armfuls of bluebells to take back to my mother from the nearby wood. I seemed to […]

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21st September 2013
Mackerel and Blackberry Salad

Blackberries - everyone knows them, everyone forages them. Blackberries make everyone a forager, and what a perfect fruit to be picked. Growing in abundance, and packed with vitamin C and fibre, this humble fruit unites cities, waysides, hedgerows, countryside and wasteland through their presence, it even connects us all back to the Stone Age, as […]

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10th July 2013
Elderflower Cordial and Elderflower Sorbet Recipes

Elderflower cordial is the ultimate summer drink, scent and medicine. As I sit here in my kitchen I'm enjoying their light, dreamy scent wafting across the room, of the ones I picked this morning. Summer foraging for elderflowers is almost as popular as blackberries in autumn, or wild garlic in spring, and all for good […]

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26th December 2012
Wild Swimming & Christmas Chocolates

Everyone has there own traditions for Christmas Day. For me, I'm satisfied  if I'm in good company, have a dip in the sea & there's a healthy amount of indulgence. Down here in Cornwall I've plenty of people to share these common themes with; least of all bracing the elements & stripping off on the […]

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