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Winter foraging

It's late November and although all my organised forays are over for the season, there are still numerous edible species out there to hunt for. Alas this autumn has been as much about politics as it has about foraging, with The Forestry Commission in Hampshire announcing a full ban on picking and then doing something of […] 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

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

Big cities like London; magical, vibrant and eclectic environments in which to exist. Perhaps the reason so many of us choose to spend so much time living and working in them, although the flip side to all this wonderful humanity, squashed in together, is never more evident, than come winter time. A hot, packed ride on […] Read More

It's early November now and not too late to get out of the city and look for some tasty edible mushrooms. I love Antonio Carluccio's poetic description of mushroom hunting..he calls it "The Quiet Hunt" and this is a task best undertaken with an experienced guide to help you sort the delicious from the deadly. […] 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

For this month's blog, I have gathered together some brilliant and original wild food ideas... from Scottish foraged sushi to a Southern Indian "nightshade" curry, with recipes generously provided by my foraging peers from as close to home as Hampshire's New Forest and as far away as New York State. That's one of the best things […] Read More

It's a lovely month January, a wonderful time in every way and my absolute favourite part of the year! Did that sound convincing? I hope so.....Really though, it can be quite a tough time of year but rather than focusing on the negatives I'd like to suggest a few things to help pass the time […] 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