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Friday, 28 April 2017

It smells so good

Mint harvested from our garden is a great treat over Summer and the smell of it in the morning after it has steeped overnight to make lemon and mint cordial is amazing.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

St. Georges Day

A walk today to one of our regular foraging spots revealed, as we hoped it would, a few St. Georges mushrooms amongst the bluebells.

My children always double check the ID guides before we tuck in.
Yummy
A great side dish to our lasagne today.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Defrosting the freezer

Todays wild food was two rabbits and four pairs of jackdaw breasts that got turned into a stir fry. We are defrosting the freezer ready for a house move.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Ham and Wild Salad Sandwiches

The ham sandwiches we packed for oir family walk on the Southern Upland Way today were a bit too boring. So we suplemented them with foraged salad.

Sorrel
Opposite leaved golden saxifrage.

The golden saxifrage has bristly leaves at it's base.

And wood sorrel
My daughter showing off all the fresh foraged geens she picked.

A few primrose flowers made it into some of the sandwiches.

And we saw plenty of colts foot too.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Fishing

I love fishing, but I don't get to go very often anymore. Today I got a chance, so I made the most of it.
It was a success, a few hours of fishing saw a couple of nice fish on the bank. If I'd been a bit faster on a couple of occasions it might have been a few more.
Next was the gutting, one of the great things about fish is that there is relatively little prep required and less inedible material than with mammals and birds.
Collecting sorrel with my youngest.
Fish stuffed with sorrel and butter.
Baked and being peeled off the bone.
Skin and bones was all that was left.

Delicious

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Wild food on the Beach

We saw plenty of wild food today and could easily have made a full meal of this Japanese knotweed and if we'd had time to collect more these Sea Slaters which were hiding under the old bladder wrack sea weed. They are related to woodlice but might be up to three times the size. They are crustaceans just like shrimps.

And this is just a small sample of what we saw; three different types of sea weed, ramsons, common scurvey grass, nettles shepherds purse, green alkanet and ladys smock. Loads of wild food today.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Soup

Jack by the hedge or garlic mustard was an ingredient in yesterdays soup, not too much though or it makes it bitter.

Some fresh hog weed shoots too.
But the bulk was nettles and cleavers 
Softening in the pan
And the finished article garnished with ladys smock. 
Fresh lime leaves
My oldest grazing on lime leaves while we were out foraging.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Spring greens

Now that its spring plenty of wild greens are available for foragers. This is ladys smock or cuckoo flower and its flowers and leaves are a delicious peppery addition to salads.

Look out for salads, soups and smoothies over the next few days