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Close up of wild garlic flower

Foraging for Wild Garlic

It’s spring time, and you currently can’t walk more than about half a mile in the countryside without coming across wild garlic. Here’s one of my favourite recipes that makes great use of the pungent plant.

Wild garlic is one of the easiest foods to forage for, if only because your nose will locate it long before your eyes do. I love the smell so often end up grabbing a handful of leaves on a walk (and stinking out my…

Mulled cider winter warmer

According to most people I know, January is the worst month of the year. The Christmas holidays are long gone, it’s dark, it’s cold and summer still seems like a long way off.

Fortunately my birthday at the end of January usually cheers me up, but even if you don’t have presents to look forward to there’s still a way to cure the winter blues (clue: it involves booze).

Ok so this might make things tricky if you’re attempting ‘dry January’,…

Blackberries in autumn

Foraged Blackberry Cake

Autumn has well and truly arrived, and the hedgerows around here are dripping with blackberries. If you’re anything like me you’ve probably collected enough to sink a small ship, but fortunately I’ve found an easy (and tasty) way to use them up.

For me autumn foraging has become a kind of compulsion – I can’t walk past a hedgerow without snaffling a few berries. I think the appeal lies in feeling that connection with nature: foraging is all about knowing…

Sloe Berries

Foraging for Sloes

Its getting towards that time of year when everything begins to feel autumnal. My thoughts are already turning towards knitwear, cosy nests made of blankets, and curling up in a windowseat with a cup of tea and a good book. It’s also nice to imagine cold, crisp mornings walking along paths scattered with crunchy russet-coloured leaves, seeing your breath spiralling into the air. Of course living in England it is equally possible that autumn will end up wet and…