Tag - Foraging

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Blackberry Vinegar

blackberryvinegarthumb.jpgAugust 2013 - Blackberries are in season, and they're very good again this year.

I picked some and used them to make blackberry vinegar - it's a simple, delicious and useful way of preserving the lovely aroma and flavour of blackberries for use all year round.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Sorrel

sorrelthumb.jpg19 August 2013 - Sorrel is a common plant of grazed or infrequently-mowed fields - I picked some lovely tangy sorrel leaves in a steeply sloping pasture in Somerset - just below Wimbleball Dam.

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Beefsteak Fungus

beefsteakthumb.jpgI've been keeping an eye out for Beefsteak Fungus for quite a long time now - and on a brief camping trip to Somerset, I found an almost perfect specimen.

Later, I found more of them in the New Forest.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Bilberry Pie And Bilberry Leaf Tea

bilberrypiethumb.jpgBilberries are good this year - let's take a look at a couple of uses for this plant - Bilberry Tart and Bilberry Leaf Tea.

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Grasshoppers

grasshoppersthumb.jpgHere's something I've been putting off for a long while - deliberate consumption of insects.

But the time has come! - so I caught, fried and ate grasshoppers.

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Garlic Mustard Seeds

garlicmustard3_thumb.jpgI've already given this plant (Garlic Mustard) two chances as a wild vegetable - and found it disappointing. Let's have one more go.

But this time, instead of the leaves, I'm going to try eating the ripe seeds.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Lime Flower Cordial

limeflowercordialthumb.jpg15 July 2013 - Another summer flower cordial - it's quick and easy to make using Lime flowers.

It can be diluted with still or sparking water to make a delicious summery drink, or can be frozen into ice cubes for flavouring other drinks.

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Wild Cherries

wildcherrythumb.jpgJuly 2013 - Wild cherry is quite a common woodland tree, but frequently overlooked - let's take a closer look.

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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Elderflower Cordial

elderflowercordialthumb.jpg30 June 2013 - This cordial captures the fragrant grape-like flavour of Elderflowers, but is much quicker and easier to make than Elderflower Fizz.

It can be diluted with still or sparking water to make a delicious summery drink, or can be used as a light syrup for fruit salads or cocktails.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Red Clover

redcloverthumb.jpg04 June 2013 - We took a pleasant evening stroll along footpaths through some local fields and picked some early flowers of Red Clover to make Red Clover Syrup.

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