Wild Garlic Aioli With Langoustines

Fi Bird | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

After three weeks of pickings we've yet to tire of cooking with wild garlic. In honesty it's a joy to any lazy cook who loathes messing about with the papery skin which encases cloves of garlic.

Scented Gin for Shrinking Violets

Fi Bird | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

Violets aren't always easy to see; perhaps this is why the Victorians associated the flower with modesty - the shrinking violet. I've often found them under the leaves of less bashful celandines. Once located, there is usually a mate or two on the patch.

If You Go Into the Woods, Look Out for Shoots of Wild Garlic.

Fi Bird | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

Wild garlic is peeping up amongst the snowdrops in the woods behind our Angus house. When the cattle return to a ajoining woodland field, it always brings a smile to my face as I am minded of the tainted butter in Hardy's tale of Tess of the D'Urbervilles.

Coming in from the Wild

Philip Dundas | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Philip Dundas

Hearing the peel of a snipe from a moorland ditch is a celebration of life, a confirmation that we haven't destroyed the planet completely. It leaves me bewildered as to why the hell you would want to slice the beaky little thing in two and serve it, brains and guts and all, on toast?

Find, Forage and Feast With an Edible Hedge

Gareth James | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Gareth James

Whether you prefer foraging, cooking or the simple pleasure of 'growing your own', an edible hedge is the perfect way to enjoy fresh food for free. Edible hedges can provide a wide variety of fruits, nuts and herbs, and all it takes is a quick trip to the back garden to top up your supplies.

First Foot at Hogmanay With Sea Scented Biscuits

Fi Bird | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

Seaweed is associated with the Chinese New Year but it is an ingredient that I use at Hogmanay. It is readily accessible to coastal foragers or in dried form online and from food stores.

Wild Festive Biscuits and Syrup

Fi Bird | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

The cones are smaller than other pines and have interesting distinctive 'tongues' that protrude between the cone scales. If you can't forage pine needles, fresh rosemary will also work in this Christmas cookie recipe.

Aliens from Outer Wales

Gwen Potter | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Gwen Potter

I was recently taking a break while working alone in the woods, it was completely silent and still. Suddenly, the whole area of 'just trees' became alive - a wren started foraging in front of me, a robin starting singing to me from about a metre away.

Poorna Bell

How Foraging Is Making The Lake District A Favourite Foodie Hangout | Poorna Bell | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Type ‘why is English food’ into Google, and the first two auto-predictions to finish off the sentence are bad and bland. Yet while this may ha...

Rosehip Gin

Fi Bird | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

The hips may be used to make rosehip syrup, jam, tea, vodka or gin. Rosehip jelly isn't labour intensive because the long slow drip through jelly bag removes the hairs and seeds. The Ministry of Food encouraged folk to make rosehip syrup in the war years because it is a rich source of Vitamins A and B, as well as C. Blitzing the hips in a food processor makes light work of chopping the hips.

Foraging Black Caviar on the Seashore

Fi Bird | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

Seaweeds unlike some fungi aren't toxic. Some species of seaweed don't taste very nice but an amateur seaweed collector, armed with a decent guide wil...

Not WhiskyBbut Blackberries Galore with a Hint of Wild Angelica

Fi Bird | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

Heat the brambles, angelica, leaves and lemon juice over a low heat until the brambles collapse. Leave to cool. Remove the angelica leaves and blend in a food processor Push the blackberry and angelica purée through a plastic sieve and drain into a jug.

A Tried and Tested Potato and Seaweed Partnership

Fi Bird | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

As autumn creeps upon us, the Island nights are drawing in. Soon the cows and sheep will return to the machair (fertile land by the sea) and so, local crofters are lifting their crops before the animal are put back to graze.

Wild Food on the Seashore

Fi Bird | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

I've added a can of tuna fish in this easy recipe because I know that foraging enough razor clams to lunch upon, is a matter of experience. If you find a quantity to dine royalty, forget the tin of tuna in this Seashore Salad. When foraging wild ingredients, take enough for your own need and no more.

The Art of Foraging With a Disability After a Super Moon

Fi Bird | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

Low tide is of course, when it all happens for the seaweed forager or for that matter the hunter of razor clams. The tides when there is less differentiation between low and high tide marks are called neap tides. These occur a week after spring tides and are of less interest to a seaweed forager.

Wild and Scented

Fi Bird | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

Hedges on an Outer Hebridean Isle are few and far between but wide clumps of Rosa rugosa, bank ditches and serve as sprawling garden boundaries. When the wind blows in the right direction its perfume is intoxicating.

Cooking With Jack Monroe

Colin McQuistan | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Comedy
Colin McQuistan

But what shall I cook? I figure I need to somehow outdo Jack Monroe, who writes for the Guardian and busks with Billy Brag and sings songs about the Irish potato famine and....and cars; I need to take her budget cooking idea and take it a step further.

A Review of "Extreme Greens: Understanding Seaweeds" by Sally Mckenna

Fi Bird | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

After a very long walk on an Outer Hebridean beach, where I exhausted my chagrin by pulling dulse from storm-wrecked tangle, as it glistened in the late autumn sun; I mustered up the courage to order Sally McKenna's Extreme Greens, Understanding Seaweed.

Californian Ultra Foraging Adventure

Colin McQuistan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Colin McQuistan

In California they love their diets and one of the most popular is the ultra foraging diet where you can only eat what you find. So this got me thinking "I wonder if I can forage around my home-style chef friend's garden and the local neighborhood and come up with something ultra amazing,

Sea Lettuce Ice-cream

Fi Bird | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

Foraging the sea lettuce for this ice-cream was hard work. The weather was inclement but this rarely deters your hardened forager.

Chasing Sea lettuce From the Outer Hebrides to Cornwall

Fi Bird | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

I travelled on to the South West of England where the gorse was blushing a second bloom and Cornish seawater a tad warmer.The carrageen was certainly less shy, I found it in rock pools higher up the lower shore than on The Hebrides.

Concrete and Rosehips: Foraging in Cities

Ritwik Deo | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ritwik Deo

The next time you think you are too busy to forage, walk by that straggly bramble bush by the roadside, pluck a berry, bring it home and give it a wash. You would be surprised.

Talk to Me, Measuring Time and What Really Matters (Part Two)

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

Everyone wants to talk and stave off loneliness. It is poignant to see men and women of all ages taking a daily stroll in the woods and who seem distant and trapped by their memories.

2013, A Mast Year for Nuts and Berries

Fi Bird | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

This year the seasoned forager can use squirrelled, store cupboard berry syrups in the confidence that replacement wild berries are plentiful. Some might even dare to open an immature bottle of Pontack with carefree abandon.In a year of berry famine, I'd probably err towards waiting the suggested seven years, until opening the Pontack.

Easy Pickings for Beach Picnics: Glasswort

Fi Bird | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

Back breaking, muddy and if you forage with a stroppy teen, possibly expensive on the sand shoe front; otherwise foraging samphire is a walk in a salt marsh. Folklore suggests that samphire is best harvested on mid summer's day but this will be dependent upon where you forage.