Foraging

Wild and Scented

Fi Bird | Posted 30.05.2014 | 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.

Review of 'The Forager's Kitchen' by Fiona Bird

V.C. Linde | Posted 19.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
V.C. Linde

The Forager's Kitchen is a very different approach than most other cookbooks and so it can take a little time to get your head around but it is both thrifty and a lovely alternative to the usual recipes that you see.

Wild Blossom Ideas From My Hebridean Scented Kitchen

Fi Bird | Posted 19.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

Traditionally, country folk used flower blossom in syrups and wines, and more recently this practice has been taken up commercially, as fragrant blooms are captured in pretty, artisan bottles. The foraging experience can't be replaced, even if the syrup or cordial may now be purchased in a shop. The recipe is easy: steep the blossom in boiling water.

Foraging Water Mint

Fi Bird | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

There are many varieties of mint, some of which are hybrids of garden escapees, and they all seem keen to intermarry. When we camped on the Shiant Isles in The Hebrides, the boys would run barefoot to pick mint from the burn.

Foraging Razor Fish

Fi Bird | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

F oraging Razor Clams Ensis ensis Towards the end of March, the moon was full (see moon phase http://www.die.net/moon ) and we had very low spring tid...

Douglas Fir Chocolate Pots for Fair Trade Fortnight

Fi Bird | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

The Douglas fir is the state tree of Oregon but it has Scottish (Perthshire) roots taking its name from David Douglas, a botanist from Scone.

St Columba, Seaweed and an Oatcake Recipe From South Uist

Fi Bird | Posted 22.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

This week, my local beach has been unusually busy as crofters gather storm-damaged seaweed. Traditionally seaweed has been collected on the western coastal areas of Ireland and Scotland and used as a fertiliser, but in Scotland it also has a rich industrial history.

Wild Cherry Christmas Mincemeat and Douglas Fir Icing Sugar

Fi Bird | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

If you didn't make wild cherry brandy, supermakets will come to your aid. Foraging is seasonal, cherries may be long gone but the Douglas Fir is ever green and bonne chance with the chestnut hunt.

"Foragers, a Group of Predominately Middle-Aged Women Looking Back in Nostalgia'

Fi Bird | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

Let's encourage everyone to cook in season and include a little from his or her local natural larder in the supper pot. Prudent foragers may have glacé wild cherries, chestnuts and softened haws squirrelled away for Christmas mincemeat and puddings, but sadly I rarely do this.

Chewing the Dulse

Fi Bird | Posted 16.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

It is said that whilst coastal Irish and Scottish cows chewed the cud, the farmers chewed the dulse. Raw dulse requires considerable chewing but dried and stir-fried, as in this recipe, it becomes a rather moreish nibble.

Sea-Buckthorn is Coming to a Health Food Shop or Drizzle Cake Near You

Fi Bird | Posted 26.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

Add a hyphen to differentiate sea-buckthorn from buckthorn, which has many variants,and that done, a forager taps his or her seasonal finger waiting for autumn, when the spiny coastal shrub displays the most vivid, small orange berries.

Graveyard Foraging

Fi Bird | Posted 06.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

Historically blackberries were planted around church graveyards to deter sheep or folklore claims, to keep the devil away. Whatever the reason, at this time of year there is plentiful supply of blackberries, hips and haws on both town or country church land.

Brambling in the Outer Hebrides

Fi Bird | Posted 11.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

all is not doom and gloom for the discerning Hebridean foodie. It really is a question of eating local, even if the larder is limited and using the bounty of the natural larder of Scotland. This larder is by its very nature, seasonal but those with a tendency to plan and prepare can perfect the aged skills of preserving, drying and the more contemporary advancement, freezing.

I'm Bad at Losing, and Other Revelations

Lucy Karsten | Posted 12.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Karsten

I have recently learnt two things about myself. The first is that I really, really like to participate in activities that I'm good at. The second is that I'm an oddly bad loser.

Raw Foodie's Delight

Jasmine Johnson | Posted 19.12.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Jasmine Johnson

Well, who'd have thought that the raw foodist could come out on top in times of financial crisis? Everyone's always banging on about how expensive organic produce is, blah, blah, blah, but they really weren't taking into account the bonus of foraging, AKA free food!

Wee Black Berries

Fi Bird | Posted 22.11.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

I think brambles must be one of the most extensively foraged berries in the UK. Even those who aren't serious wild food hunters and gathers seem to go brambling.