Thursday, 21 July 2016
Wednesday, 20 July 2016
We are all used to buying food from the supermarket but it is often fairly easy to get a few free meals as well. The 'grounds' of supermarkets often seem to be planted with edible species, mostly non native but edible non the less. These Japanese roses seem to be a common sight and their fruit called 'hips' can be used to make a delicious cordial, syrup or traditional scandinavian 'nippon sopa' or rose hip soup
Rose hips are packed with vitamin C and are absolutely delicious, just beware their seeds, they are devilishly itchy.
Monday, 18 July 2016
Friday, 15 July 2016
I'm walking around the edge of Riddy Wood and spoted these seed heads. They belong to common hogweed which are a delicious edible species. Many of you will have heard of the non native giant hogweed which can cause severe burns with it's phototoxic juices but our common variety is delicious and just about every part of it is useful as a wild food. These dry seeds in particular make a wonderful spicy ingredient, somewhat similar to ginger, in baking.
I'll post another update soon to help you tell the difference between this and giant hogweed and expect many more posts about hogweed.
Thursday, 14 July 2016
|The fat hen and champignon were fried in a little butter with an onion and a few chopped up sausages and placed ontop of the pastry base (which had shrunk slightly) before the egg and cheese were added.|
|The finished quiche.|
Wednesday, 13 July 2016
|A decent haul of fat hen (also known as lambs quarter in the USA) and fairy ring champignon picked on the ten minute walk between my office and the pheasant pen ready for making a quiche tomorrow.|
Tuesday, 12 July 2016
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