Friday, 18 August 2017

Field to fork 2; comfrey fritters


The fruits of a bit of opportunistic foraging; comfrey, sweet cicely and a single puff ball.

Comfrey leaves in a simple batter frying in oil.

Cooked and ready to eat.

Comfrey leaves are very suculent and are a felicious shade of green once cooked.

Monday, 14 August 2017

From field to fork 1; Chantarelles

Finding these Chantarelles peeking up through the grass and moss under some birch trees on the banks of a Scotish Loch was one of the highlights of my Summer.
They were so abundant I was able to collect quite a few and have been back for more since.
The wrinkled appearance instead of true gills is a key identifying feature. That and the fruity, almost apricot, smell and the bright egg yolk yellow colour.

My oldest preparing them for the frying pan.
Although possibly a waste in the eyes of a talented chef fried in butter as an acompaniment to a big breakfast they were great.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Raspberry picking

We made a raspberry picking excursion recently to take advantage of the good weather and abundant wild food.
Fruit picking is a great way to get children out of doors.

We picked a lot of these delicious golden raspberries too.
About four kilos in total.

We'll be eating Eaton mess and raspberry and apple crumble for days.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Out of reach

Mulberries are my favorite wild fruit, and while they are not native to Britain, having been imported to cultivate silk worms, you can often find them in the grounds of stately homes. I found one recently on a stroll around the grounds of tewkesburry abbey.

It was cordened off to stop people trampling the berries into the abbey.
But there were a few within reach. They do ripen to black eventually but are still delicious when they are like this. There is also a white variety.
And this is why they don't want them trodden into the abbey. They are incredibly juicy!

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Tea time taste test

I've been introducing students to wild food with some wild teas lately; elderflower, meadowsweet, pinaple weed and sweet cicely seem popular.  

Spignel's (pictured bottom in the photo above) is not as popular. It tastes a bit like celeriac so is better of used as a veg.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Free snacks on the hill

Plenty to stop and snack on in the hills today. And enough to fill an empty water bottle to take home too. 

Monday, 10 July 2017

Grazing and Browsing

Grazing is what cows and sheep do, bulk feeding on whatever food is there. Browsing is the approach of deer and the descerning wild food enthusiast. Carefull browsing of the available food and selecting the choicest morsels. Here are some of the choicest finds of my recent wild food forays.

A fist full of winberries and heather berries, a tasty snack on a hill walk and now I know where to go for some more dedicated gathering in a few weeks.
Delicious aniseed flavoured sweet cicely.
Another heather berry. They taste like slightly sour grapes.
A mug of meadowsweet tea.