A Snuggling Taste Against the Cold Weather: Imperial Baked Spiced Chutney – with Foraged Sloe

“There was an Old Person of Putney, Whose food was roast spiders and chutney, Which he took with his tea, within sight of the sea, That romantic Old Person of Putney.” Edward Lear, English artist, writer(1812-1888) When sharing recipes for baking, one does not really think of chutney, however, baking part of the ingredients prior […]

Foraging, On a New Level…In the Kitchen Cupboard: Yesterday’s Loaf, Today’s Bread

Foraging is the oldest method of human food gathering. It simply means collecting naturally growing leaves, flowers, berries, nuts, mushrooms and roots. The beneficial qualities  of collecting and eating wild food are countless. Foraged food is healthy, ecological, tastes fantastic, and is a joy to collect! When something is in its natural environment – without […]

The Simple Lessons of Life: Foraging and Preparing Savoury Oven Baked Doughnuts with Very Young Children

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”  Margaret Mead One can never give a more worthwhile gift to children then the combination of love, knowledge and courage. The mixture, of course, involves a wide variety of tasks and curriculum elements: nurture, care, interest, enthusiasm, inquiry, confidence, flexibility, honesty and so on. The […]

Baking at Dark Dawn: Baguette Flavoured with Foraged Wild Mushroom Extract

“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.” Adam Smith A good baker,a  housewife,a forager or any worker will wake up early every morning to conduct hard work. A fresh loaf baked at dark dawn is the […]

Real Autumn Treat: Apple, Cinnamon and Berry Preserve Mini Pie

“We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.” David Mamet, Boston Marriage   With the arrival of the often dramatically crisp, sunny and rainy autumn days, the best treatment for the psyche and body is to reflect the fall months via the new, earthy, deep seasonal flavours in one’s […]

Memories of The Foraging Baker – Exploring True Ingredients with Mother Nature

“Identity was partly heritage, partly upbringing, but mostly the choices you make in life. ” Patricia Briggs Mother Nature’s Autumn Basket is full of Goodness:   Fresh nettle, crisp rosehip bush… “Our heritage and ideals, our code and standards – the things we live by and teach our children – are preserved or diminished by how […]

Summer Memory: Foraged Lavender Chocolate Bonbons

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” Charles M. Schulz Lavender is a very elegant, fragrant herb. The flower and the oil of lavender are used to make medicine. Lavender is used for restlessness, insomnia, nervousness, and depression. It is also used for a variety of digestive complaints , loss of […]

Recipe Demonstration Live on Stage at Cake&Bake Show in London

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” Robert Frost Getting ready for demonstrating my Forager’s Wild Cherry and Blackberry Mini Madeira Tarts live on stage…   “If you’re not gonna go all the way, why go at all?”  Joe Namath Being interviewed by Peter Sidwell…whilst he is eating my wild cherries…   “The more that you […]

An Autumnful of Chestnuts: Cake&Bake Show Exhibition Piece, Chestnut Three Ways, In Honour of Foraging

“The ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give.” Howard Cosell   Chestnut Sponge Piecaken 120g sugar 4 eggs 200g sour cream cinnamon 125g) chestnut flour 1 1/2 tsps baking powder […]

Foraged Wild Mushroom Powder and Paprika Mini Flaky Pastry Scones

“Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art  a mushroom.” Thomas Carlyle Mushrooms contain some of the most potent natural medicines on the planet. One study has found that substituting red meat with white button mushrooms can help enhance weight loss. A dietary analysis summarized that mushroom consumption was associated with better diet quality and improved nutrition. Consuming dried white button […]