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

Resolutions… Writing Books, Hygge & Cheesy Christmas Leftovers

Hi everyone – long time no chat – sorry… Okay, so I have an excuse, I have been busy with my other life – my author life. This year I have published a number of books including two Best Sellers, … Continue reading

Twelve Ideas For Using Up Your Tomato Crop

It’s tomato season! Are you buried under a pile of quickly ripening tomatoes? Do you hate wasting them? This time of year, I, like many gardeners end up with too many tomatoes. So, I have been busy investigating frugal ways … 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

Sweet Chestnuts

The ancient Greeks dedicated the Sweet Chestnuts to the God Zeus and a century ago when life was hard, sweet chestnuts were a local staple, ground into flour or fed to the pigs to add flavour to the pork. Today, sweet … Continue reading

Making Sloe Gin

One of the most often foraged berries after blackberries are sloe berries, which is strange because they are not exactly the most palatable of fruits. However, as people keep telling me, they are the main ingredient in an alcoholic delicacy … Continue reading