Wild About Food

Linda Duffin | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Linda Duffin

Like a lot of Brits I'm leery about picking wild mushrooms. Hedgerow fruit, no problem. Wild garlic, absolutely. But in spite of the fact that I often picked field mushrooms with my dad when I was a child, I'm funny about funghi. Too many Agatha Christie novels at a formative age, perhaps, along with a yawning gap of ignorance...

10 Edible Plants To Grow, Forage And Cook At Home

The Huffington Post UK | Georgia James | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

With foraging schools popping up like mushrooms and wild ingredients creeping into the menus of some of the country’s leading restaurants, the forag...

British Laver and Japanese Nori

Fi Bird | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

Hotchpotch Seaweed Sourdough Porphyra spp. or laver is a red seaweed. Although, when you spy laver on rocks, it may look khaki green or even black....

Give Your Family a Healthy Free-Range Autumn

Kate Blincoe | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Parents
Kate Blincoe

Whilst more snuggle time is lovely, it doesn't always help you feel better. You and your children need exercise and fresh air to feel energised and time outdoors in daylight is very important for beating winter blues and helping tackle SAD. So how can you fight that urge to hibernate and keep those kids active outdoors instead?

Yoghurt and Blackberry Crème Brûlée with Hazelnut Twists

Linda Duffin | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Linda Duffin

This is a cheat's version of crème brûlée, made with Greek yoghurt rather than a rich eggy custard. It's a no-bake, quick-to-make recipe, which means you can use the spare time to knock up the hazelnut twists (also very speedy) and have a classy-looking dessert on the table in next to no time.

Streams Full of Lily Leaves and Autumn Growth Watercress

Fi Bird | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

I call the lochan by the supermarket of the Isle, Lily Loch. It never ceases to amaze me that such an exotic water plant can clog up Uist ditches and lochs. On a day when the sun shines, a lily clad lochan is heart lifting even in the breezy Outer Hebridean wind.

Wild Food Alert

Fi Bird | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

Seaweed is being described by some as a superfood, the new kale, but to date there is little evidence based research to support such a claim.This is because until recently seaweed, which is at the bottom of the food chain, has not been considered worthy of research funding.

Best Foraging Plants to Use in Cooking with Recipes Suggestions

Paola Bassanese | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Paola Bassanese

Where do you stand on using foraged foods in cooking? Whether you are completely new to foraging or a foraging enthusiast, sometimes taking home some carefully-picked edible wild plants (and after even more careful identification), the question is: how to use foraging plants in cooking?

The Considerate Forager

Fi Bird | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

I harvest wild edibles for my own breakfast, lunch and supper table. A little here, a little there, and never more than a sixth of what's on offer. I ensure that plenty is left for the birds and bees. Common sense dictates that picking every summer elderflower in sight, doesn't bode well for elderberries in the autumn.

Why Do We Need to Compare Dulse, a Sea Vegetable to Bacon That Comes From a Pig?

Fi Bird | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

Some of us who have been cooking with wild seaweed long before it reached its dizzy, new found celebrity status, may think that dulse tastes like bacon but others will disagree. If pushed I'm in the bacon'ish' camp but I'm not overly keen to compare the two.

Elderflowers in the Kitchen

Fi Bird | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

Scottish readers may have to wait a week or two until they can harvest elderflower blossom but from my recent sojourn to the southerly parts of our Isle, I'll guess that most of Britain is ready to reap the culinary benefits of the elderflower.

Cooking With Fresh British Seaweed

Fi Bird | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

Over the summer months landlocked folk who holiday by the sea, might check up on tide times and chase a low spring tide (when the sea retreats to expose rocks usually covered by water). Dulse is a delicious red seaweed to look out for

Seaweed Isn't Just for Trendsetters

Fi Bird | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

This weekend a brother in law and I fed seaweed to my elderly mother in law.The food on offer by the nursing home had been declined and yet after a little coaxing, my ma in law cleared her plates of food. Seaweed was the secret ingredient in most of the courses.

Spring in a Salad Bowl

Fi Bird | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

As the spring leaves push through fading blossom, it's hard not to feel sad, if you are a fan of scented prettiness but the foraging cook knows that some young leaves and buds are appetising.

Ladybirds in a Nettle Tart

Fi Bird | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

Renewal of nettle interest may be associated with times of subsistence but I like the idea of cooking with ingredients from times when folk lived from hand to mouth - cooking with simple foods that are readily and freely available to everyone.

Jack by the Hedge, a fast growing alternative to wild garlic

Fi Bird | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

Jack by the Hedge may be described as a groupie; find one plant and it is probably the start of a lengthy border.Reference to Jack (Jill gets an occasional look in) in folklore means common, its inclusive, there for everyman (or woman). Jack by the Hedge is well named.

Into the Fast Flowing Stream in Search of Watercress

Fi Bird | Posted 06.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

My daughter, Lili has medical finals looming but she was easily distracted from her books to jaunt in the warm Easter sunshine. We foraged ramsons in ...

Wild Garlic Aioli With Langoustines

Fi Bird | Posted 29.05.2015 | 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 15.05.2015 | 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 30.04.2015 | 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 04.04.2015 | 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.