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Friday, 28 October 2016

Torchlight puffball foraging

I was tipped of to the presence of some puffballs but didn't get a chance to look for them until late last night, the results weren't entirely satisfactory but i did get one worth eating.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

The Sweet Chestnut Dance




After the poor turn out in the sweet chestnut department the other day I had a much more successful foraging session with the children the other day and we got a decent haul of chestnuts, whether they make it to Christmas for roasting remains to be seen though, I'm not holding my breath.

 

Monday, 24 October 2016

More shrooms

I found some common ink caps thismorning so peter and i shared bacon and mushroom sandwiches. Just remember you can't eat this variety of fungi with alcohol as they will poison you, they are fine otherwise though.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Shrooms

Fly Agaric
While I was on Cannock Chase yesterday i saw quite a few Mushrooms, some came home with me, while others like the birch polypore, which is inedible and  red and white fly agarics and earth balls pictured below are poisonous and I left them where they were. I took home some jeweled puff balls, shaggy parasols and a brown birch bolete. Once I got them home my two wild food helpers got them ready for dinner.
Earth ball, also called a pigskin poison puffball. 
Birch polypore
Jeweled puffballs
The full collection
Peter and Lillie prepare them for dinner. 

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Sheeps sorrel

Found plenty of this delicious little plant today. It tastes a lot like apple peel and makes a nice addition to salads and deserts.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Strawberry Tree

A delicious treat and not a very common one either. Strawberry trees are normally only found in the Mediteranian, Western Europe and Ireland but I know of one that i get fruit from every year and my children love them.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Almost perfect

If I'd spotted these shaggy parasols a day or two ago they would have been dinner but they are a bit too far gone now, such a shame, they are delicious.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Very disapointing

Very disapointed with these sweet chestnuts, I really hope I find some decent ones in time for Christmas.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Got enough for soup

We were out conker hunting today and found plenty of shaggy ink caps, enough to make something with for dinner. I like using shaggy ink caps for soup.  

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Monday, 10 October 2016

Huckleberry and quince chutney

I've been picking a lot of black nightshade recently and have made a chutney with them and some quince I have collected. I'm having some in a sausage sandwidge for lunch.

Rather than scare everyone by calling it nightshade chutney I'll use the American name 'huckleberry' instead.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Friday, 7 October 2016

Fuscia berries

The berries on the fuscias in our garden are almost ripe and ready to eat. yum!

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Chutney

A lunch box full of black nightshade ready for turning into chutney.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Monday, 3 October 2016

Wild food moments from last week #1

Preparing a meal of rabbit, pigeon and venison for a group of hungry estate agents doing some team building in Riddy Wood last week. The muntjac you see hanging in the smoke of the camp fire was shot from among our freshly coppiced hazel which we needed to protect. 12 hours after it was shot everything that could be eaten was eaten and 48 hours later archaeology students from Reaseheath college had used the skin, brains, sinews and bones in a range of experimental archaeology projects.