UMBELLIFERS

Writing, images, recipes and videos about plants within the Umbellifer (Umbelliferae), Apiaceae/Carrot family. This family is large and often confusing for people and correct identification is essential.

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 […]

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 […]

Learn to Forage through Songs

Learn to Forage through Songs

Song, verse, sound and rhyme have been used by humans for thousands of years to communicate, respond and express. Sound is an integral part of our daily landscape. It has been used functionally (to explain things) as well as for fun and as an essential […]

Winter Creamy Alexander Soup (vegan)

Winter Creamy Alexander Soup (vegan)

I’ve just returned home from a winter foraging course where we covered 10 wilds that you can pick here in Cornwall through winter. I love foraging in the cooler months and there’s a great choice of wild pickings too. I’ve written about and sung the […]

Wild Singing – Rock Samphire Verse

Wild Singing – Rock Samphire Verse

  Back in the warmth of the summer, I had a glorious few hours with singer Kelsey Michael. We’d been getting excited about words and tunes and at last had found a moment to share a walk and sing together outside. This quick video is […]

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 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 […]

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 […]