• Cleavers

    Published On: May 13, 2024Categories: Foraging For Food

    What are Cleavers? If you were a bit of a rascal,  like me, at school you will remember cleavers as the sticky weed that you might have placed on some one's back.  Some people call [...]

  • Wild Garlic Salt

    Published On: April 2, 2024Categories: Foraging For Food, Preserves

    Adding flavour to simple food is important.  We grow a wide selection of herbs and buy spices in bulk.  To help flavour our food over this coming year I decided to make some wild garlic [...]

  • Wild Garlic Hummus

    Published On: April 2, 2024Categories: Foraging For Food, Recipes, Snacks

    This year I am trying to add more variety to the food that we make with wild garlic.  In the past I have just concentrated on pesto or adding fresh leaves to stews or salads.  [...]

  • Airfryer cheese and wild garlic scones with a kick.

    Published On: March 31, 2024Categories: Baking, Foraging For Food, Recipes, Snacks

    There was an abundance of wild garlic this year and we preserve it to flavour our food all year, as well as using it for cooking in spring. Today I fancied making some cheese and [...]

  • Baking bread with dock seeds

    Published On: August 30, 2023Categories: Baking, Foraging For Food, Recipes

    I am always looking for ways to save money or to visit the supermarket less.  During the pandemic I ran out of wholemeal bread flour and so I foraged some dock seeds and used that [...]

  • Blackberry infused gin and vodka

    Published On: August 21, 2023Categories: Foraging For Food, Frugal Festivities

    Flavoured gins and vodkas are all the rage now, but they can be expensive.  The nicest ones I have ever tasted are home made blackberry gin and vodka.  They bring back that taste of summer [...]

  • Apple and Blackberry jam.

    Published On: August 17, 2023Categories: Foraging For Food, Preserves, Recipes

    It is that time of year again when I am busy preserving foraged food and things from the garden.  When ever I cook black berries (brambles) I usually mix them with foraged apples to stretch [...]

  • Bramble crumble bars

    Published On: August 8, 2023Categories: Baking, Foraging For Food, Recipes

    I needed to make some room in my freezer the other day as I was making bread and it doesn't last as long as shop bought because it doesn't have the additives. I tend to [...]

  • Nettle seeds

    Published On: August 8, 2023Categories: Foraging For Food, Nutrition

    Yesterday I was collecting female seeds from the nettle and drying them out to use in bread, porridge, smoothies and seed bars. You can tell the female nettles as the seeds hang down in big [...]

  • Foraging for bilberries

    Published On: July 22, 2023Categories: Foraging For Food, Nutrition

    Our local moors are totally covered in bilberries at the moment. I think that they have other names if you do not live in the North of the England, and are also known elsewhere as [...]

  • Elderflower – a medicinal treasure chest.

    Published On: June 16, 2023Categories: Foraging For Food, Wellbeing

    I don’t pretend to be a doctor, or even a herbalist.  I am definitely not a professional forager, but I do like to study and utilise the plants and trees that are around us to [...]

  • Are you ready if SHTF?

    Published On: June 12, 2023Categories: Foraging For Food, Living Simply, Wellbeing

    This week I went on a retreat that taught some skills of self-reliance.  It included basket weaving, making toiletries from nature, archery and making fire by friction.  These skills might seem a strange thing for [...]

  • Elderflower and Lemon Curd

    Published On: June 12, 2023Categories: Foraging For Food, Preserves, Recipes

    I am always looking for more ways to consume elderflower as it is full of goodness and is a free medicinal and nutritious resource.  Nature provides every thing we need, if we would only use [...]

  • Elderflower sweet fritters

    Published On: June 11, 2023Categories: Desserts, Foraging For Food, Recipes

    Every where I go walking at the moment I am spying elderflowers.  Did you know that they have incredible health benefits?  They are full of antioxidants, are anti-inflammatory and are so are good for my [...]

  • Health benefits of raspberry leaves

    Published On: May 8, 2023Categories: Foraging For Food, Growing Food

    I have only just found out how beneficial raspberry leaves are to our general health, though I remember drinking raspberry leaf tea when I was pregnant in the early 1980s.  The books of the time [...]

  • Why forage nowadays?

    Published On: April 27, 2023Categories: Foraging For Food

    Finding and gathering wild and natural foods is called foraging. I remember watching the news about 30 years ago and it was about food shortages in Russia.  It showed an old Russian woman picking dandelions [...]

  • Air fryer wild garlic potato scones

    Published On: April 10, 2023Categories: Foraging For Food, Light Meals, Recipes

    A lot of food that I make during April involves wild garlic as it adds a lovely taste to food and saves me buying onions or garlic. We use these  air fryer wild garlic scones [...]

  • Pickled wild garlic buds.

    Published On: April 5, 2023Categories: Foraging For Food, Preserves, Recipes

    My aim is to be more organised for next winter and make sure that we have enough preserved food for the 'hunger gap' that occurs between us eating most of my crops (usually by the [...]

  • Wild garlic and cheese scones

    Published On: March 26, 2023Categories: Baking, Foraging For Food, Recipes

    The wild garlic is finally out in Yorkshire.  This is one of my favourite things to forage as I use it in meals, in baking, to flavour butter and to make pesto (which I freeze [...]

  • 4 ways I use sea weed in the garden

    Published On: March 22, 2023Categories: Foraging For Food, Growing Food

    A free resource We were away by the coast last week and so I collected a bit of kelp seaweed for my garden as there was loads on the beach that I walked every day. [...]

  • Hazel Catkins

    Published On: March 2, 2023Categories: Foraging For Food

    I used to forage in my late teens to supplement my food but then my life improved and work and home took over and I rarely had time to forage, except for brambles.  I didn’t [...]

  • Foraging for Apples

    Published On: December 30, 2022Categories: Desserts, Foraging For Food, Saving Money

    Apple trees are everywhere.  Birds drop seeds and they spring up unnoticed. Some times Councils plant them. Over the years I have become more mindful of what is around me when I walk and suddenly [...]

  • WILD GARLIC

    Published On: October 11, 2022Categories: Foraging For Food, Preserves, Recipes

    WILD GARLIC The woods are full of wild garlic near me and so we picked some whilst on our daily walk.  If you intend to pick some make sure you pick away from the paths [...]

  • Rosehip Syrup

    Published On: September 8, 2022Categories: Foraging For Food

    I use foraging to increase my nutrition each year. I am seeing loads of rosehips in the hedges and so I am going to pick some and take them home to makevrosehip syrup. The [...]