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Mackerel and Blackberry Salad

Mackerel and Blackberry Salad

  Blackberries – everyone knows them, everyone forages them. Blackberries make everyone a forager, and what a perfect fruit to be picked. Growing in abundance, and packed with vitamin C and fibre, this humble fruit unites cities, waysides, hedgerows, countryside and wasteland through their presence, […]

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 […]

Making coffee from cleaver/goosegrass seeds

Making coffee from cleaver/goosegrass seeds

Last month a few hardy foragers (actually it was a lovely bright, wintery day) joined me at Cape Cornwall for a wild food walk with tasters. At a welcomed break we sat down with a large flask of ‘Wild Spiced Cleaver Coffee’.

The drink went down well – sweet, hot and naturally containing some caffeine, everyone was pleasantly surprised! There are many variations in making this coffee substitute, this is one alfresco style on the beach!

Wild Apple Curd & Hogweed Seed Meringue Pie

Wild Apple Curd & Hogweed Seed Meringue Pie

Mmmm, autumn is full of potential pleasures, warming foods, sweet dishes & a bounty of autumnal fruits to enjoy. Personally, I take particular interest in creating desserts with wild ingredients, so when Sara from Cotna Barton suggested we made a wild apple meringue pie on […]

Wild Berries in Austria

Wild Berries in Austria

Enjoying a combination of new sights & tastes & feeling reassured by how many wild edibles we share with mainland Europe    Back in Spring, I felt inspired to plan a trip to Europe, lured by stories of ice-cold mountain lakes, lots of outdoors people, […]

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… Then there’s the increase of day light & all the spring foraging to enjoy too. An abundance of smells, tastes, textures & goodness – all oozing with vitamins & minerals. Basically a multitude of reasons to have a spring in my step & that madness of energy that’s associated with this time of year.

Teaching foraging is largely seasonal, mainly because people want to forage to certain times of year, rather than there being a lack of plants during the winter months. As my season starts of kick off, my days feel fuller – bookings, organising & planning. At the end of the day there’s nothing fresher for me than to take a walk, get away from the computer & amble along, lazily picking as I go. It’s relaxing, valuable time-out, all with a flavour of spring madness of the plants I have to choose from as I walk.

Ooooh, what catches my eye today? So much to choose from. Today I chose just a few spring greens for supper – nettles, cleavers, & tri-cornered leek for soup. Chickweed & yarrow for frittata. I could go on about the bounty to enjoy, though really I just want to sit & eat, then do it all again tomorrow! Wishing you wonderful spring foraging – this really is the time to go mad out there & forage to your hearts content.

Shopping down the supermarket aisle? Not for me, in spring all my greens come from the hedgerow.

An evening walk to collect herbs for dinner