The Best Seaweed for Setting Panna Cotta

The Best Seaweed for Setting Panna Cotta

I have a utter soft spot for the seaweed known as Irish Moss. When cooked, this seaweed has a fabulous texture, setting ability and taste that makes me melt inside. It’s perfect for setting panna cottas, vegan pates, mousse and for thickening soups. I imagine…

Making Nettle Beer

Making Nettle Beer

I’ve never really got on with making alcohol. As much as I like processes (I tend to think that people are either predominantly process or goal orientated), whether it is wine or beer, I seem to lack the knack of transforming weeds into a fermented…

Pear and Hogweed Cake (vegan gluten-free version)

Pear and Hogweed Cake (vegan gluten-free version)

I like cake. I like to make cakes with different wild ingredients in them, it’s started to become natural to me. I’ve made my Nettle and Honey Cake many times, and recently discovered it goes really well with gorse flower syrup, the recipe for both…

Hogweed Shoots in a Cake!

Hogweed Shoots in a Cake!

Hogweed shoots are normally used as a type of so-called poorman’s asparagus, cooked on their own, or used in dhal. I also enjoy them in lightly spiced Thai stir fries and recently discovered the joys of eating them in farinata – a lovely subtle addition.…

Wild Spring Farinata Recipe

Wild Spring Farinata Recipe

Spring is full of wild ingredients that are perfect for adding into, oh so many different recipes. Farinata – a savoury bake made out of chickpea flour – is a great carrier for these spring wilds. Like an omelette, though egg-less, baked in the oven…

Eating Japanese Knotweed

Eating Japanese Knotweed

I love to eat weeds. Many weeds are edible, abundant and available as food if we just knew, or remembered, how to use and cook them. Invasive plants are also great to eat. I always think; why curse something when you could be eating it…

The Best Nettle Syrup Recipe

The Best Nettle Syrup Recipe

I recently went out for a meal at a restaurant and they had wild nettle cordial on the drinks menu. Ooh, as a forager with a soft spot for ‘sweet’ I just had to try it. I must say, I was disappointed. I even asked…

Spring Dessert: Nettle and Honey Cake with Gorse Flower Syrup

Spring Dessert: Nettle and Honey Cake with Gorse Flower Syrup

Five years ago I wrote a blog about my Nettle and Honey Cake – it went down a treat. Named as; ‘probably the best cake I’ve ever had’ by one enthusiastic forager, I was super pleased the result. Every so often I like to repeat…

Why I love Stinging Nettles  (A little film footage!)

Why I love Stinging Nettles (A little film footage!)

I’ve been teaching foraging for a while now (over 10 years), and I’ve just come across some old film footage of me introducing stinging nettles (Urtica dioica). Oooh, we were all younger then, weren’t we! Nettles remains one of my favourite wild greens, especially in…

Making Nettle Pakoras (with Nettle Song)

Making Nettle Pakoras (with Nettle Song)

Stinging Nettles (Urtica dioica) are one of my favourite spring greens, and this was a recipe I shared with Graham Pullen of St Ives Screen Printing at Tom’s Yard. Graham is keen on making art affordable and accessible, and has incorporated the recipe into one…