Foraging

Wild Festive Biscuits and Syrup

Fi Bird | Posted 08.12.2014 | 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 26.11.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 28.10.2014 | 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.

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.