My Five Top Spring Wild Foods

My Five Top Spring Wild Foods

Spring is exciting – a combination of warmth and light gets plants, animals and human-animals going. Sometimes, for me, too going. The term mad march hare feels too close to home for me, as I prance around the hedgerows picking wild greens as if there…

Forage and Cook: Alexanders

Forage and Cook: Alexanders

A quick and quirky video on Alexanders (Smyrnium olusatrum)      Let me show you more tips, share more recipes and tasters on my Wild Food Foraging Courses. Most spring courses include Alexanders (greens), and late summer and autumn courses include the Alexander seeds/

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.…

A Hearty Snack – Savoury Alexander Muffins

A Hearty Snack – Savoury Alexander Muffins

I love muffins. Easy to cook and more substantial than bread. They’re also versatile – you can add almost anything (sweet or savoury), and so tasty you can just eat them on their own. I like them as an afternoon snack while working at the…

Alexanders and Three-Cornered Leek Frittata

Alexanders and Three-Cornered Leek Frittata

Spring has been creeping in, in some places slowly, and other places fast. The telling signs of birds carrying nesting material, lighter mornings and the fresh green plant life in the landscape all help us soften and brighten as Winter is left behind. If you’re…

Delicious Nettle and Honey Cake

Delicious Nettle and Honey Cake

Nettles, in a cake?! I know what you’re thinking – what a bizarre combination, and to be honest, even the kids were adamant they weren’t going to try it; “Yuk” – was apparently their response on their way to meet me.  However, at a glorious…

Alternative Wild and Superior ‘Asparagus’

Alternative Wild and Superior ‘Asparagus’

Researching regional names of plants is a fascinating and usually an amusing pastime. Common Hogweed  (Heracleum sphondylium) is one of those plants, and as it’s now in season (april to june) I thought I’d dedicate a whole blog article to it. Inspired also by local…

Mad March Spring Foraging

Mad March Spring Foraging

Having watched spring slowly arrive over winter, in the last few weeks it has speeded up & fully arrived in all its glory. I love spring, perhaps because it’s the season I was born, or maybe  because of those lovely bouncy baby lambs in the fields……

I’m in Love with Nettles!

I’m in Love with Nettles!

How to remember & appreciate the mundane (and why we’re running ‘Nettle Days’). In life & relationships it is all too easy to take for granted those that are close to us, to over-look our loved one’s qualities that we once fell in love with. Too…

Plant inspired Poetry – Common Sorrel

Plant inspired Poetry – Common Sorrel

Once you know Common Sorrel (rumex acetosa) it’s perfectly normal to start seeing it pop up all over the place; in hedgerows, lawns, fields, grass verges. It really is so common, that  you’ll be amazed you never spotted it before! Of course, each plant has…