Wild for Garlic

Spring has certainly sprung with blossoms and flowers everywhere, both youthful and beautiful with the sweetest of smells. However, there is another more pungent scent to be found at this time, especially in open woodlands. It’s wild garlic, it is savoury without being overpowering and is so enticing to pick. Small handfuls are enough to add flavour to your dishes, as well as vibrant hues … Continue reading Wild for Garlic

Pocketing Porcini

Finally, after years of following my husband around our nearby woods in search of mushrooms, I am now a self-confessed porcini hunter. For those unfamiliar with porcini, they are an edible woodland fungus classified as ‘Boletus edulis’, identified by their brown shinny cap and white spore. In the past, once my husband found some porcini, I would not eat them until 24 hours after he … Continue reading Pocketing Porcini

Rosehip Chutney – a labour of love

Out walking in this stunning autumnal weather, I stumbled across some rosehips. Remembering back to my childhood of picking these beauties and then the arduous time- consuming task of preparing them, I now understand why my Mum put myself and my three siblings to work making this Scandinavian delicacy. After picking, each rosehip needs to be topped and tailed and have its seeds removed. Gloves … Continue reading Rosehip Chutney – a labour of love

Everlasting Elderflower…..summer cordial you can enjoy for months to come

You know the month of June has finally arrived when you smell the strong, sweet fragrance of those creamy clusters of tiny elderflowers covering our native tree. Go out and gather 30 elderflower bloom heads, ideally on an early sunny evening when they are fully pungent. Make sure you know exactly what an elderflower looks like before you pick and spread the foraging to several … Continue reading Everlasting Elderflower…..summer cordial you can enjoy for months to come