July: Elderflowers and Limetree flowers

July is an abundant month for flowers. This year the ELDERFLOWER has done very well in Highbury Park. Right now, it is at it's best. Pick now in the sunshine, or wait till next year. See our tried and tested recipe. The LIMETREE FLOWERS are abundant right across Birmingham and should also be blossoming about ...

Nettle Soup 1

Nettle Soup Use only the young green tips of the nettle stems. The best ones will be found in March/April, when the stems are still very short and the whole length can be harvested. Always avoid old leaves (which incidentally make an excellent compost).  Use rubber gloves when harvesting, to avoid nettle rash. [Normal foraging ...

Wassail recipes

SPICED APPLE JUICE We use this unique recipe at Christmas time as well as the January Wassail 2L apple juice half a vanilla pod 6-8 slices ginger 2-3 cinnamon sticks 1-2 tsp whole cloves zest of 1 orange 1-2 tbsp whole mace 1 pomegranate Place all ingedients in a cooking pot and bring gently to ...

Blackberry Junket 1

I do love blackberry and apple crumble, but have been looking for new inspiration for using balckberries. I found this one in Richard Mabey's Food for Free. It's so simple, it could be made outdoors immediately after foraging.   Pick very ripe blackberries, the riper the better. So look for the ones at the tip ...

Wild Garlic

Use wild garlic, or Ransom, as you would any other garlic and include chopped young leaves for extra nutrition. It is milder in flavour and makes a lively addition (crushed and raw) to creamed or cottage cheese. Even two year olds have eaten my garlic cheese spread. And of course it tastes far better outdoors ...

Elderflower Champagne

For a refreshing drink that tastes of summer, look no further. And it's so easy to make, you won't be tempted to procrastinate and miss the weeks of flowering. We made Elderflower Champagne yesterday at the orchard. It's that easy. This recipe is from my trusty "Boxing Clever Cookbook"  by Jacqui Jones and Joan Wilmot. ...