Foraging In Spring – Hedgerow Leaf Salad

Spring Hedgerow Leaf  Salad Serves 4 It always surprises me what strange and wonderful edible shoots and leaves I can find out and about – and in our own gardens at this time of year. Hedgerows can yield some great … Continue reading

Ten Essentials for Foraging

I have been asked many times what I would recommend for an absolute beginner to the world of foraging. It may seem an easy task but in the spirit of attempting to do my best for those who are about … Continue reading

Esmeralda Burg: Confessions of a Hippy Dropout – (1) Off the Grid

I am convinced my parents were both wasted when they decided to name me, their only child, Esmeralda. Esmeralda Burg literally means Emerald City. Of course, they assured me my name stemmed from their love of my ‘beautiful green eyes’, … Continue reading

Confessions of a Hippy Dropout – or – What It’s Really Like To Live Off The Grid

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to drop out and live off the grid? This week sees the start of my new ‘Off the Grid’ short story series Esmeralda Burg: Confessions of a Hippy Dropout. It is the … Continue reading

Are We Foraging Too Much? – Sustainable Foraging

This has been called the year of the foragers. Every year more and more people armed with field books are tearing up the hedgerows and uprooting the fungi. All of this is likely due to the early efforts of TV … Continue reading

Elderflower Cordial

Sweetly scented, creamy-white elder flowers make a wonderfully aromatic cordial. Best gathered just as the many tiny buds are beginning to open, and some are still closed. Pick on a warm, dry day  and be sure to leave some flowers … Continue reading

One for the Ladies ~ Red Clover Tea

Every year, a beautiful crop of red clover blooms in the meadow where I walk Jinks every day. Of course, I take advantage of the bumper crop by picking some and drying it for herbal tea. Red clover is cultivated … Continue reading