Tag - Foraging

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Sweet Chestnut Biscuits

chestnutbiscuitsthumb.jpgAnother great year for sweet chestnuts - too many for the squirrels and jays to cope with, so I was able to collect a large basket full of them.

Let's see what we can make with this wild bounty - starting with Sweet Chestnut Biscuits.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Chequers - Wild Service Tree

chequersthumb.jpgA few weeks ago, I found a Wild Service tree alongside a footpath near my home, fruiting very prolifically.

I returned at the end of September to collect some of the fruit.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Blackberry Fool

blackberryfoolthumb.jpgSeptember 2014 - The blackberries seem a bit late this year, but now they're here, they're fantastic!

Let's make something that really shows off their delicious flavour and aroma - Blackberry Fool.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Penny Bun Mushroom - AKA Cep, Porcini

cepthumb.jpgThe Penny Bun Mushroom (also known as Cep or Porcini) is possibly the most highly sought wild mushroom - I've picked it many times in the past, but for some reason, haven't written about it here, until now.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Bullaces

bullacethumb.JPGBullaces are a variety of plum that produces small, round fruits, usually with a dark blue-purple skin and greenish flesh.

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Foxtail Millet

foxtailmilletthumb.jpgSeptember 2014 - On a footpath through the middle of a cornfield, I grabbed a random ear of grass from the field margin and noticed that the seeds were quite large - which made me wonder if they could be harvested and eaten.

The grass turned out to be Foxtail Millet.

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Three Cornered Leek - Invasion Of The Pickled Onions

May 2014 - I have the dubious convenience of having an inexhaustible supply of a wild onion species - Three-Cornered Leek - right on my doorstep.

In fact, it's in my garden - it's everywhere in my garden. This beautiful, but invasive plant wants to take over.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Chickweed Seeds

chickweedseedsthumb.jpgOctober 2013 - After washing some chickweed, I happened to notice the seeds that had collected in the bottom of the bowl - and I began to wonder if it would be possible to collect them and sprout them as a micro-salad.

Well - I didn't intend to wonder for long - so here's the experiment - and as a bonus, a microscopic close-up look at chickweed seeds.

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Chickweed Pakora

chickweedpakorathumb.jpgOctober 2013 - Nearly everything in the vegetable garden has come to an end now... except the weeds.

So to make use of a lush carpet of chickweed that has taken over, here's a recipe for making it into spicy pakora fritters.

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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar

blackberrybalsamicthumb.jpgSeptember 2013 - This is an attempt to make something similar to balsamic vinegar, from blackberries.

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