Posted in Going Wild, Seasonal Hedgerow Finds, Yorkshire Treasures, tagged Bardsey, BBQ, bitter cress, chick weed, chocolate, corn mint, cumin, dahl, Easingwold, foraging, goats cheese, ground ivy, jelly, mackerel, marquise, mojito, Mugwort, pineapple weed, rabbit, smoked trout, Sweet Cicely, taste the wild, The International Wine and Food Society, wood sorrel, wood sorrel mojito on 01/08/2012 |
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Dear Wild Cooks,
In my eyes, the opportunity to cook for a group of like-minded, fun-loving foragers is one not to be missed. So when I was invited to cook for The International Wine and Food Society’s Leeds branch I accepted without hesitation! The group are definately up for some fun and eager to learn about food and wine that complement foraged ingredients.
The evening seemed made for my foraging friends Chris and Rose Bax of Taste the Wild who lead the foraging walk around the stunning Hillbark Gardens in Bardsey.
Chris offering his expert foraging advice to the group
The owners, Tim Gittins and Malcolm Simm, were on hand to look after everyone which was a good job as there was a total of 33 members on the evening.Chris and Rose discussed their foraging finds with the group. The gardens are truly amazing and Tim and Malcolm often have charity open days so keeep a look out on their website www.hillbark.co.uk . The foraged finds on the evening included sweet cicely, mugwort, pineapple weed, corn mint and bitter cress. They are amazing ingredients folks and I, along with the help of my commis Tim Norton and his partner Becky, cooked up the following menu for the group:
Introducing the dishes
Goats Cheese En Croute with Sweet Cicely Seeds
Vegetarian Foragers’ Parcels using Rosebay Willow Herb
Smoked Trout Marinaded in Elderflower, Chick Weed, Bitter Cress, Wood Sorrel
BBQ Smoked Cherry Wood Mackerel with ‘Jack by the Hedge’ Root
Pigeon with Nettle Spelt
Rabbit and Mugwort Dahl
Forager’s Infusion Chocolate Marquise
Corn Mint and Cumin Granite
Meadow Sweet Biscuit
Ground Ivy Jelly
Wood Sorrel Mojito
Coffee and Lemon Balm Tea
Please click on the links above to follow the fun and easy recipes. As we ate the dishes, Chris and Rose passed on more helpful advice. Here is a great extract from their note:
“Be aware that there might be a backlash at some point from people who are worried about the countryside being plundered. However, foraging is about understanding and respecting the natural environment and provising that pickers follow a basic code of conduct it can only improve our knowledge and husbandry of the countryside”.
I hope you enjoy the dishes as much as the guests did on the evening. The event was declared a great success and Tim even said it was their best supper club to date which was great to hear. My thanks go to Chris and Rose Bax who made the foraging side so interesting for the guests adn my commis Tim and his partner Becky for their help. Huge thanks must also go to Tim and Malcolm who of course made this evening possible and kindly invited me to take part.
Steph the Forager on tour – supper club style!!
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Posted in Going Wild, Seasonal Hedgerow Finds, 1, Timesaving Tips, Yorkshire Treasures, tagged Bladder Campion, Elderflower Champagne, Elderflowers, Foragers Burger, Lime leaves, Salad Burnett, Sweet Cicely, UEFA Euro 2012 on 19/06/2012 |
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The end result for me is how to make the whole experience more enjoyable, and that my friends is down to the food!
Personally I would like nothing more than to eat a home made burger whilst watching the footie. My bursting burger beauty has foragers’ food in its sights and is a meaty number topped with a little Yorkshire magic.
If you are interested in making a forager’s burger please view the recipe here.
A Forager’s Burger
If this doesn’t take your fancy, read below for a few tips about what is good at the moment – trust me there are so many foragers’ finds in June!
1. Lime leaves are stunning and can be eaten straight from the tree. At the moment these fresh, moist leaves are perfect in any summer salad.
Wonderful Lime Leaves
2. Salad Burnet is a beauty. Although a little bitter in taste, when used in a good mix of salads, this leaf adds a bite to a bowl of green that cannot be argued with!
3. Bladder Campion is coming into its own and looking good.
4. Something sweet perhaps? Why not try sweet cicely in a pie or elderflower in a glass of lemonade. Many years ago I remember trying Elderflower Champagne in the pig pen (we did not have pigs at the time!). I found myself in a sticky situation when a bottle exploded and covered the pen in Elderflower Champagne!
Coming back to the topical subject of the UEFA Euro 2012, perhaps we could celebrate with some Elderflower Champagne if the boys do us proud?!
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