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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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Succulent Springtime Strawberries

Succulent Springtime Strawberries

Wild Cooks, they are here! They are local, and early by a month, so fill your boots people!

Strawberries are at their peak at the moment and are packed full of sweet juice. Even the supermarkets have cut their foreign imports by half to make way for the early ‘Great British Strawberry’.

I recently went on the Jonathan Cowap Show on BBC Radio York and this photo shows us both tucking into my strawberry desserts at the studio.

Jonathan and I having some fruity fun!

Jonathan and I having some fruity fun!

The desserts went down a treat with the crew at Radio York and I left with an empty bag which is always a good sign!

These sweet red bullets of lip smacking beauty are enough to entice even the hardened carnivore! Being a big strawberry fan myself, I am delighted to be cooking with some of Lilac Farm’s strawberries this weekend. Lilac Farm is based only 5 miles from Rudding Park  in a village called Collingham and it is a great day out for the family.

I will be taking my Lilac Farm strawberries along to the Malton Food Festival this Sunday as I am doing a cooking demonstration. If you haven’t already got something in your diary, please come along to my demonstation at 12 noon on Sunday 22 May and see how to make good use of this fabulous berry with other seasonal ingredients.

If you like the thought of having a go yourself at my Assiette of Strawberries dessert, all three componenets are very quick to prepare. Please click here to read the recipe.

I remember as a girl collecting the cows in for milking on our farm and walking past the hedgerow and eating the wild strawberries on the way back to the milking parlour. The recipe I have given you could be adapted to use wild strawberries quite easily but it will take you a while to pick enough of this sharp sweet berry! The proof of the dessert will be in the eating….

Happy cooking!

Steph x

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