SUMMER

Summer Foraging Memories

Summer Foraging Memories

My memories of Summer are, inevitably, interlaced with foraging. Plants and food, namely wild food, has long been an integral part of my life. One that I choose not to live without. Earlier on in Summer I wrote about keeping things simple and shared easy […]

Wild Alexander Seeded Bread Recipe

Wild Alexander Seeded Bread Recipe

Alexander seeds are one of my secrets. Okay, so perhaps a secret I’ve shared with a few people. Even so, it’s a lesser known wild spice that goes unnoticed by the majority of folk. I call it a secret because even if you bite into […]

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 […]

Getting Jammy with Blackberries

Getting Jammy with Blackberries

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

Yarrow Flower Creme Brulee

Yarrow Flower Creme Brulee

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)¬† was one of the first wild herbs I got to know. I used to love lying on my belly and introducing it to people in their garden lawns, where it often grows side-by-side with grass. I’ve even written a song about yarrow […]

Ling, Tea and Cornish Folklore

Ling, Tea and Cornish Folklore

I recently visited the Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle in North Cornwall. It was a humbling experience and a mixture of information about old folklore practices, wise women and men and myths and images of the ‘witch’. I left with the knowledge of how lucky […]

Make your own Wild Moorland Tea

Make your own Wild Moorland Tea

As August has been unfolding I have been sneaking up to the moors and delighting in the tinges of purple, pinks and yellow as the heath-land takes on its late-summer coat. Bell heather¬† (Erica cinerea) is the first to appear with her larger purple bell-shaped […]

A Humble Cup of Wild Fermented Tea

A Humble Cup of Wild Fermented Tea

I’ve been having some humble tea experiences. Not just because tea is a humble, everyday drink, but because I’ve been trying to make a fermented black tea from wild greens. And the result, so far, is humbling. I’d been researching the history of tea drinking, […]

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 […]