Tag - Autumn

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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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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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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sweet Chestnuts

sweetchestnutthumb.jpgOctober 2012 - it's a great year for sweet chestnuts - must be all that rain we had instead of a summer.

It's a race against the squirrels for these tasty treats - but this time, I won, and returned home with a couple of pounds of lovely plump chestnuts.

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Monday, August 29, 2011


hazelnutsthumb.JPGAugust 2011 - This doesn't happen often - although hazel trees are common, and produce nuts in abundance year after year, it always seems like the squirrels, mice, jays and weevils snaffle the crop before humans can get a look in.

Time and chance was kind to me on this occasion though and I was delighted to gather a satisfying heap of hazelnuts.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011


gleaningthumb.jpgMy attempt to home-grow cereal crops on a small scale (Project Wholegrain) is not going altogether as well as I had hoped, so I've supplemented my meagre harvest by going out gleaning.

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Podoscypha Multizonata

podoscyphathumb.jpgI think this might be the most excited I've ever been about a fungus - and it isn't even edible - so what's going on? Well, it's a bit special, because it's big, strange-looking, and really quite uncommon - it's called Podoscypha multizonata - the Zoned Rosette.

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Saturday, October 2, 2010


conkerthumb.JPGOctober 2010. Autumn has arrived. Let's play conkers!

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010


whitebeamthumb.jpgUrban foraging in the historic market town of Wymondham, Norfolk, I found a number of street-planted Whitebeam trees, heavy with loads of really plump fruits.

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Shaggy Inkcaps

shaggyinkcapthumb.jpgIf you're lucky enough to find a patch of these mushrooms, you're in for a treat. Shaggy Inkcaps are delicious, but are so delicate and ephemeral, you'll need to pick and cook them straight away.

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Giant Puffball

giantpuffballthumb.jpgIn a grassy pasture at West Dean, Sussex, we found a giant puffball...

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