Foraging Resources

Foraging Resources

The pandemic has had a huge impact on our lives and a lot of people, myself included, have been finding solace in green spaces if we're lucky enough to be able to access them. Foraging forges such a strong connection with nature as you are always building an awareness of what's in season, what's at [...]

Pearl Barley Risotto with Mushroom & Three-Cornered Leek

Pearl Barley Risotto with Mushroom & Three-Cornered Leek

The hungry gap is back for another year as we get through the last of the previous season's produce and wait for the next season to start. Thank goodness for the few winter stalwarts of purple sprouting broccoli, cabbages and kale, but also the wild mushrooms and three-cornered leek. At this time of year I'm [...]

Winter Foraging

Winter Foraging

It goes without saying that winter can be a tricky time to coax ourselves out from our cosy warm blankets and heated houses into the frigid January air. Whilst hibernation might be a very attractive option (wake me up in April perhaps?), there's a surprising amount to discover on a winter's foray, and getting out [...]

Making a Foraged Wreath

Making a Foraged Wreath

The tradition of decorating with evergreens is one that holds a special place in my idea of Christmas festivities. This year is actually the first time we've decorated with our own wreath after years of living in apartments without a street-facing door, so I was really excited to make our own entirely with foraged materials. [...]

Blackberry & Lavender Madeleines

Blackberry & Lavender Madeleines

Today is the last day of my Instagram virtual holiday with a French theme, and is there anything more quintessentially French than the madeleine? These tiny, shell-shaped cakes with their plump little bellies are the perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee or tea. The inspiration for this recipe was the combination of blackberry and [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]