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…

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…

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?    …

Traditional Blackberry Cobbler Recipe

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 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.…

Winter Warming Sloe Treacle Tart

Winter Warming Sloe Treacle Tart

I was brought up in a family where puddings were the norm, well at least on Sundays anyway. My mum would pride herself in baking beauitful, sweet desserts, that as children, somehow we’d make room for them, in our already, full bellies. It’s true isn’t…