AUTUMN

Taking Care of the Elders

Taking Care of the Elders

Here I discuss my love of Elder and how we can take care of this richly providing plant. As September arrives and passes, I love to see the decadent fruit of the Elder tree (Sambucus nigra); heavily laden fruits, dropping off her flexible branches. I […]

Hawthorn Berry Ketchup

Hawthorn Berry Ketchup

It’s time to share this simple recipe. You’ll be amazed how much it tastes like ketchup! I always think it is best to make together, as it takes some effort, though is worth it in the end. Here I share the basic recipe for turning […]

Wild Bilberries in Cornwall

Wild Bilberries in Cornwall

Towards the end of the summer I was walking through a woodland in south Cornwall, neither near my destination, nor my starting point. I was carrying a large amount of drinking water for a wild camping trip I was doing with a friend, and sincerely […]

A Forager’s Dog – Paddy foraging Blackberries

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 […]

Wild Fennel Seed Bunyols

Wild Fennel Seed Bunyols

The evenings are getting cooler and it is time for bigger, fatter, more filling food, I reckon. Being by the coast I’m lucky enough to find wild fennel, and from late summer on wards I can forage a few seeds for flavouring desserts, stews and […]

Getting Jammy with Blackberries

Getting Jammy with Blackberries

Ahhh, blackberries (rubus fruticosus), our native super fruit, so full of flavour, fibre and vitamin C. 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 […]

Dear Miss Blackberry

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?     […]

A Dozen Ways to Cook a Stinging Nettle

A Dozen Ways to Cook a Stinging Nettle

Nettles are amazing – nutritious, versatile and abundant. Never under-estimate the humble stinging nettle (urtica dioica) it’s one of the best wild greens we have (nettles¬† contain iron, vitamin c, protein and so, so much more). Really we should and could be celebrating, and using […]

Gorse Flower and Sargassum Seaweed Foccacia

Gorse Flower and Sargassum Seaweed Foccacia

Part of the fun of foraging for me is coming home with a wonderful choice of unusual ingredients to cook and create with, or drying them to use another day. In my kitchen pretty much anything goes, of course there have been disasters along the […]

Delicious Sea Spinach and Coconut Soup

Delicious Sea Spinach and Coconut Soup

Sea Spinach soup is a simple, delicious soup which celebrates this wonderful wild green. Creamy, filling and even dairy-free, perfect for a fresh, early spring al fresco lunch, or an autumnal or winter trip out along the coast, with a flask of tasty hot soup. […]