Apple and elderberry chutney in the pan

It’s your last chance to shake the elderberries from the hedgerows before the hurricane winds come along and scatter them for you. And once you have your carrier bag full of purple-staining berries, trot on over to The Dabbler for a recipe for Apple […]

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Lee Streeton leads the way

2011 has been the year of the forager. There barely seems to be a stretch of hedgerow or a strip of grass that hasn’t been picked over by über local food enthusiasts in search of a fashionable meal. Restaurant menus, following the lead of moss-bothering master chef René […]

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Wild garlic and almond pesto

Just before Easter I set out on a country walk with friends to find wild garlic. I knew it was growing out there somewhere and if I foraged hard enough I’d find my treasure trove of ramsons. After a few false starts (lily of the valley is determined […]

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Nettle and spinach soup

Like foraging? Of course you do. It’s very fashionable. But what do you do with your foraged leaves once you’ve plucked them from a roadside verge and washed off the petrol? Why you turn them into Nettle and Spinach Soup (assuming that you’ve foraged nettle. If you’ve got something […]

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Elderberry jam

On September 22, 2009 By

Elderberry jam on toast

Why is it every time I go foraging for something, it’s in the middle of a massive nettle patch and I’m wearing shorts? It’s late September, for God’s sake, and I’m in my 30s. Shorts should have been put away about 4 years ago.

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Apple and elderberry cake

If you want to raise money for charity, bake a cake. This time last week, I was at a cake party hosted by Hollowlegs for Macmillan Cancer Support. She and Food Stories cooked a mammoth quantity of cake, including Blueberry […]

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Blackberry crumble

On August 16, 2009 By

Blackberry crumble

Can you go foraging for wild food in Peckham? The answer, surprisingly, is yes. At the moment the park and canal walk are heaving with blackberries and nobody seems to be picking them. So I put on my forager’s hat and picked nearly a kilo of plump, juicy […]

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