Green Olive and Seaweed Tapanade

Green Olive and Seaweed Tapanade

I still remember the first olive tapanade I ever had. Rich olive puree, decadently lathered onto toast. Years later I created my own seaweed tapanade for my book: Seaweed Foraging in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in which I matched the seaweed Egg wrack…

Wild Fennel Flavours for Summer

Wild Fennel Flavours for Summer

A couple of months ago I lost my sense of smell completely. My world changed and everything tasted of cardboard. Fortunately it was only a temporary loss due to a virus, though it was a fascinating and slightly scary experience. I’ve always known how important…

Fresh and Easy Seaweed Bread for Picnics

Fresh and Easy Seaweed Bread for Picnics

(Organic flour, gutweed (Ulva intestinalis) and dulse (Palmaria palmata)) Picnics, according to BBC food, require planning; as much as I agree that some planning is needed, I also want it all – good homemade food and little fuss. With our erratic UK weather, sometimes an…

A Quick and Creamy Elderflower Layered Sponge

A Quick and Creamy Elderflower Layered Sponge

It’s Elderflower (Sambucus nigra) season, and the time for celebrations and desserts! I share more on Elderflowers, including how and when to pick the best Elderflowers and a recipe for Elderflower cordial and sorbet in my blog. Elderflower cordial is a great way to capture…

Pickled Rock Samphire Recipe

Pickled Rock Samphire Recipe

I love, love, love Rock Samphire (Crithmum martimum) though it has taken me a while to get used to it. When I first tried it, having plucked it off the rocks on the south coast of Cornwall I just thought it tasted ‘unusual’. Fifteen years…

Rock Samphire Salsa Verde

Rock Samphire Salsa Verde

‘You just have to try that green stuff’ (participant on a foraging course) Luscious wild greens; Rock Samphire (Crithmum maritimum) makes the perfect base for a Salsa Verde (green sauce) and it tastes so great that hardly anything else needs to be added. Over the…

How to Make Wild Rose Water

How to Make Wild Rose Water

I love roses, and of course they are also one of the many symbols of love. Here in the UK we have several wild varieties and the cultivated ones are, almost, infinite. After a hot, sunny day, I particularly love to be overcome by the…

Roses are Red, White, Pink and Edible

Roses are Red, White, Pink and Edible

Ah, to stop and smell the roses, is a valuable moment in life. Everything else can fall away as your nose reaches towards the soft petals of the rose and you breath in, deeply. It can also be an unknown moment; will the scent be…

How and When to Pick the Best Elder Flowers

How and When to Pick the Best Elder Flowers

Pretty aren’t they! And a lovely scent (as long as they haven’t passed their prime, in which case they’ll smell like cat pee). Though this blog isn’t about the pretty things, it is about how to know when to pick elder flowers, and when to…

When NOT to Eat Stinging Nettles

When NOT to Eat Stinging Nettles

You may know, that I rate Stinging Nettles (Urtica dioica) highly. I believe they are one of our most nutritious greens in the UK alongside the goosefoot family which includes Fat Hen (Chenopodium album), Good King Henry (Chenopodium bonus-henricus) and Oraches (Atriplex patula and Atriplex…