Forever Foraging: Sloe and Cheese Savoury Shortbread

“Sour, sweet, bitter, pungent, all must be tasted.” Chinese Proverb Foraging is not just a simple means to survival. Learning to forage for just a few basic things is tuning into the the local nature (including the nature of one’s soul) in a more respectful and sustainable way, that provides mankind with the ability to […]

Sweet Design: Stargazer Lily Made of SugarPaste

“If you have two loaves of bread, sell one and buy a lily.” Chinese Proverbs   “’O Tiger-lily,’ said Alice, addressing herself to one that was waving gracefully about in the wind, ‘I wish you could talk!’ ‘We can talk,’ said the Tiger-lily: ‘when there’s anybody worth talking to.” Lewis Carroll   “I know a little garden […]

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 […]

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 […]

My Sweet Designs: Sugarpaste Lily of The Valley

“And in his left he held a basket full Of all sweet herbs that searching eye could cull Wild thyme, and valley-lilies whiter still Than Leda’s love, and cresses from the rill.”         Keats, Endymion   Is it at all believable that by September, these snow-white  flowers developed into crimson and scarlet berries, each berry containing vermilion […]

Sweet Design: My Sugarpaste Sunflower

“The earth laughs in flowers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson   “A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without  love.” – Max Muller    “There is that in the glance of a flower which may at times control the  greatest of creation’s braggart lords.” – John Muir