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

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

Mad about Mushrooms

So, I’ve always been quite partial a mushroom or three. Never have I turned my nose up at the odd gourmet treat of wild mushroom risotto or even a stroganoff concocted from the humble cultivated mushroom. When I was a child, before … Continue reading