Category Archives: Recipes

Elderflower and Lemon Curd – Rapture!

With the hedgerows billowing under the weight of scented, frothy white elderflowers (Sambucus nigra), it’s obviously time to get cracking on a few brews of elderflower champagne and/or elderflower cordial. However, in my ongoing search for foraged food ideas I’d … Continue reading

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Loving the Lilac – Saving the Scent

I do love Lilac. There is something both old-fashioned and comforting about it. It brings to mind family teatimes enjoyed outside, beneath jolly bunting or inside blanket wigwams, with cake, scones and cream and pints of tea or lemonade. It’s … Continue reading

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Foraged blossom, stone fruit syrup and sticky date cake

I love this time of year, when the hedgerows around about become billowing white clouds of stone fruit blossom: Damsons, gages, bullace, wild plums and sloes. It is very transient, but beautiful. A while ago I wrote a post sharing … Continue reading

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Mushy medlars make marvellous marmalade

A dreadful title I know, but once there were three words beginning with the letter ‘m’, I just couldn’t stop myself. In fact I’ve made jelly, not marmalade, from some medlars that I gathered last month. The reason that I … Continue reading

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Delicacies from Delicious Dogwood

A couple of years ago I discovered that you could actually eat the fruits of the dogwood tree Cornus mas, aka. the Cornelian Cherry. So much fruit set that year that in August the bushes became shiny red beacons in … Continue reading

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2017 … Coming, ready or not!

Happy New Year! 2017 has begun. Are you ready to start new resolutions, projects and adventures? I am hoping that this year is filled with peace and accord and many wonderful moments, successes and kindnesses. Over the last week or … Continue reading

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Blackberrying … followed by ice cream

Nobody in the lane, and nothing, nothing but blackberries, Blackberries on either side, though on the right mainly, A blackberry alley, going down in hooks, and a sea Somewhere at the end of it, heaving. Blackberries Big as the ball … Continue reading

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Tomatillos: A successful seed-swap experiment

“Tomatillos are like a gift. Tart green fruit … wrapped in a crinkly husk. Peel the wrapping away and you’re left with a world of possibility.” – Back at the end of January, at a local allotment seed-swap event, … Continue reading

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Elderflower Fizz … made with Black Lace

There is a fantastic pair of elderflower ‘Black Lace’ bushes, albeit ~ 12 foot tall, growing on either side of the entrance to the Soame greenhouse in the walled garden at Wimpole. I pass them all of the time, but … Continue reading

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Bad Foraging

A couple of weeks ago we met up with some old friends for lunch and since we were converging from a number of locations we ended up driving cross-country to get there. En-route I noticed a couple of large patches … Continue reading

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