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Rosebay Willowherb (Fireweed) Tea

Rosebay Willowherb (Fireweed) Tea

Rosebay willowherb is a perennial native to the UK that flourishes in disturbed soils. It has become widespread perhaps owing to the two World Wars as large areas of land were damaged or burned (which explains one of it's common names "Bombweed"), allowing it to colonise much larger areas than it had previously. Its grand [...]

Spiced Mackerel with Gooseberry & Chilli Chutney

Spiced Mackerel with Gooseberry & Chilli Chutney

The humble gooseberry, or "goosegog" as it is sometimes affectionately called, is one of the first fruits to appear in spring, it's rarely finding its way onto our tables for some reason. Gooseberries lack the sweetness of strawberries and raspberries and have a face-puckering tartness that likely is the root of their dwindling popularity, but [...]

Elderflowers and Making Cordial: All You Need To Know

Elderflowers and Making Cordial: All You Need To Know

Every summer, I make a batch of elderflower cordial and it has become a bit of a lovely summer tradition in our household. The delicate syrup diluted in some refreshing soda water really makes a summer day. Homemade elderflower cordial has become quite popular over the past few years during the elderflower season, and this [...]