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Emma Stothard is a talented Sculptor and makes some amazing willow pieces of art. She has even presented her own “Tigga” Jack Russell willow figure to HRH Prince Charles.

So we were in good company!

What can I tell you about this art? Well, Emma creates the art figures purposely to fit the area of the garden they are to be placed in. The figures I saw at Newby Hall really fit the setting in a clever way – not only showing off the art but enhancing the garden’s beauty too.

Lobster Quadrille

Lobster Quadrille

 
The pheasants in the trees, the otters and the hare parliament were a great use of space and fascinating to look at.

We ended the day by searching for all the animals in the garden and it was very much like an Alice in Wonderland story!

Steph with Mare and Foal

Steph with Mare and Foal

If you are free, why not go and have a look yourself? The figures are in the gardens of Newby Hall until September.

The evening weather was lovely and as the band played and the champagne was quaffed, out came the canapés! Having a brilliant chef for a husband, Rob Green of Green’s seafood restaurant , made sure Emma’s canapés definitely had the ‘wow’ factor.

Hare Parliament

Hare Parliament

I guess being a chef, Lobster Thermidor “Quadrille” did tickle my fancy! And the sausage and mash mountain was my kind of wonderful.

Hare conga!

Hare conga!

All in all a great evening rounded off with a meal in the local hostelry with the star of the show Emma herself and friends – a great night to remember.

“Cracking good fun!”

Steph

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The flowers are tiny and white, the leaves are almost nettle like yet heart shaped, and the stems are green and almost brittle.

Jack is welcome in the hedges of Rudding Park  (if I have anything to do with it!)… I am a fan!

This foraged find is found all around the isles of Great Britain and their size varies from 10 cm to a meter tall – perhaps Jack and the Beanstalk has nothing on Jack by the Hedge….

Steph picks her Jack by the Hedge

Steph picks her Jack by the Hedge

It is best in spring and early summer so fill your boots folks, it is time to jack this groovy forager find!

So I would rather jack than Fleetwood Mac! Oh my wild cooks the puns are flowing today – who remembers that dodgy pop song in the 80’s?!

How to put it to good use…

Malton Food Festival

Malton Food Festival

Here are a few pictures from my cookery demonstration at Malton Food Festival which was organised by Elaine Lemm. You will see the Jack by the Hedge brimming out of the bowl and taking charge of the demo… he is a forager’s find not to be messed with!

My friend Nigel Lister, from Wetherby-Ox Close Farm game suppliers, spoke to the crowd about the pigeons he shot for the demonstration whilst I cooked up the ingredients for the dish.

Womersley blackberry vinegar- Nigel gets cooking!

Womersley blackberry vinegar- Nigel gets cooking!

So I made a quick salad using Womersley blackberry vinegar and Wharfe Valley Rapeseed oil mixed together with a foragers salad. For the salad I used Jack by the Hedge, wood sorrel, wild garlic, chick weed, ground ivy, dandelion and wild garlic flowers. This salad was nice and peppery and went really well with the pigeon.

Other uses for our punchy friend Jack could be a stuffing for fish, a cream based sauce for chicken or perhaps even a base for a beef fillet as a vegetable simply sautéed in butter and the beef fillet sat on top like the king of the castle.

Jack in the Hedge has a mustardy flavour and supposedly can heal any sores or ulcers, so it is a wonder find folks.

Do you like Jack by the Hedge or am I Jill running up that hill?!

Steph x

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Dear Wild Cooks

What a photo some dear friends of mine, Janet and Neil Oldroyd Hume, took of their outdoor rhubarb and they have allowed me to post it on my blog….

It is official – ladybirds love rhubarb!

Caught in the act!

Caught in the act!

I just could not resist this quick blog, but why not try this quick rhubarb recipe whilst we’re on the subject!

Also, following a recent foraging trip with fellow blogger Charlotte, aka “The Cooking Fairy”, we discovered tonnes of “Jack-by-the-Hedge”.

Wondering what it is? Watch out for my blog about Jack next week …

Steph x

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