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 [...]

Asparagus with Wild Greens and Dandelion Honey

Asparagus with Wild Greens and Dandelion Honey

May (well towards the end of April until the start of June) is all about asparagus in the UK. This crunchy, tender, delicious veg has such a short season which makes it all the more exciting to many of us Brits alongside our propensity to lose our minds over Jersey royals and, more recently, wild [...]

Preserving Wild Garlic To Use All Year Round

Preserving Wild Garlic To Use All Year Round

Spring is well and truly here now (in fact you’d be forgiven for saying it was summer already with the +20degree weather we’re getting!) and the wild garlic is out in full force across the country. It seemed to appear quite early this year, particularly in the south, but April is pretty much always the [...]