UMBELLIFERS

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 […]

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 […]

How and Why to Cook with Alexanders

How and Why to Cook with Alexanders

The Romans valued the plant Alexanders (Smyrnium olusatrum) highly and brought it over with them to the British Isles almost 2,000 years ago to use as a pot herb. It was used widely before celery came into fashion (has celery really been in fashion?!). Celery […]

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 others faster. 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 reading […]

Elderflower Cordial and  Elderflower Sorbet Recipes

Elderflower Cordial and Elderflower Sorbet Recipes

Summer is here in Cornwall, there is no doubt, even the sea, at long last is starting to warm up (relative, of course!). Because of our slow start to spring in the UK, many plants are still behind. I saw May (Hawthorn) flower in June, […]