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Walks In London

OFFICIAL WARNING : Blogging is the most self indulgent and self serving pastime known to modern man. With this in mind I politely suggest that you  DO NOT READ ANY OF WHAT FOLLOWS  unless you have almost saintly tolerance of other people's opinions and a small amount of time to waste. For anyone who's new […] Read More

I'm delighted to say that the publication date for my book is now set for September 8th and there will be two launch events, one for the press on September 13th and a less formal do at Stoke Newington Books (London N16) on September 29th. This second event is open to all but it's invite only, […] Read More

THE JOY OF STINGING NETTLES

Here's an entry and a couple of the illustrations from my forthcoming book, The Edible City. It's out in September but I thought the timing of this piece was  just about perfect to publish now, with some enormous stinging nettle leaves all over London at the moment. Simplicity itself, this is one of my most loved recipes […] Read More

Spring is a hectic time of year for a forager, nowhere more so than in the city; the natural world is erupting with lush green leaves and brightly coloured flowers, stunning blossoms adorn the trees and all manner of delicious edible delights leap out at me every time I leave the house. It's almost too much […] Read More

My bloody back is killing me! Too much time in the car and too much time in front of this cursed screen! Hold on, I hear you say, nobody wants to read a blog where all you do is moan, not even your mum. Absolutely right, so instead of complaining and instead of more computer […] Read More

Last month I started writing about how to stay healthy during the winter months, a vast and diverse topic and as a result, one that I have split into two halves, even then only really scratching the surface. Ideally we would all spend more time concentrating on our health but modern life, especially in the city, just […] Read More

5 months 5 trees 5 new recipes

  Nature is a massive relay race, endless and cyclical; numerous plants run the length of their season, overlaps occur as others start theirs, the batons are passed and off go the next group. What a wonderful, fertile world it is and as foragers we are placed, probably better than anyone, to watch this marvellous and never […] Read More

I live in Highbury in North London, really very close to Arsenal's massive Emirates Stadium, I am not, however, much of a football fan. Fortunately, if I walk just three minutes in the exact opposite direction, I come to Clissold Park in Stoke Newington. During my recovery from back surgery seven years ago, I used […] Read More

Winter health & happiness.

It's all my fault and I'm genuinely sorry....In my last blog I wrote about how warm it was, like Spring Time in November I said, and almost the second I published my monthly ramblings, the weather turned and the forecasters announced that we are looking at the worst winter since Woolly Mammoths where a common […] Read More

Spring Time! In November?

The Weather.....there's not much we like better in the UK than to bang on about the weather, how it's too warm, too cold, too wet or too dry, how we are shocked that there is so much rain in June (hardly a revelation to anyone who's ever been to Glastonbury) and never any snow in […] Read More