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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

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

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

Supper Club!

Supper Club!

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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Dear Wild Cooks,

Spring is a here and the nature we all love is budding into life again after a relatively mild winter. Wild garlic shoots are peeping out, but today is all about wood sorrel and as Rene Redzepi (Chef owner of the world’s finest restaurant, Noma) recently said, “wood sorrel is the glue that holds my kitchen team together”! Another local character here in Yorkshire and a foraging buddy of mine, Chris Bax, calls it the “Haribo of the forest”!

In order to source wood sorrel whilst out foraging, here’s a few tips on what to look out for…

1. A nice woods with no dogs nearby!

2. A thin stem about the size of a piece of salad cress but usually a little thinner with a burgundy tinge towards the base of the stem. This greeny burgundy leaf has delicate heart shaped petals (three in a clover like form) and is a lovely garnish for any salad.

See recipe here, Whitby Seafish Mackerel, Forager’s Salad, Pickled Baby Vegetables

Whitby Seafish Mackerel, Forager's Salad, Pickled Baby Vegetables

Whitby Seafish Mackerel, Forager's Salad, Pickled Baby Vegetables

Happy Cooking!

Steph x

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With less than a week to go Wild Cooks, here’s a few last minute great ideas for your foraging friends!

Lunch for two at Clocktower Restaurant, Rudding Park. Why not buy one of their vouchers or gift experiences, and then head off around the grounds at Rudding Park and spot some of my foraged food.

Festive lunches from £19.50 per person.

Take a trip to Taste the Wild and learn how to forage for yourself with the amazing Chris Bax and his lovely wife Rose. Head off with a group into the Yorkshire woods and find amazing foraged food, then enjoy sampling all your hard work!

Taste the Wild Course Schedule.

1 day foraging course for only £60 (including lunch).

“Forager”- the book by author and foraging guru Miles Irving.

On sale now at Amazon for just £16.95.


4. A Wooden Trug. A great starter piece of kit for a forager!

Pick one up at “The Gardening Website” for just £8.95 including postage and packing. You must be quick though in order to get your delivery in time for Christmas!

Your own desk top smoker! Ideal for smoking fish , game, duck, etc.

Available now on Amazon for just £63.00. This includes the smoker, lid, tray and recipe book.

Happy shopping Wild Cooks and a very Merry Christmas!

Steph x

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