September 2008

Sorrel and sorrel pesto – Dave Hamilton

September 22, 2008 // 0 Comments

Sorrel is one of those plants that once you find seems to be everywhere! I can’t resist nibbling on the odd leaf while passing. The main wild sorrel you will find is sheep’s sorrel, in the late spring and early summer it sends up clusters of red flowers – like a dock or rhubarb. By autumn the flowers have usually gone and left are spear like leaves growing in clumps. The leaves are a much [...]

Elderberry Wine – Extract from the Self sufficientish Bible

September 19, 2008 // 0 Comments

THE ELDERBERRY WINE RECIPE – taken from The Selfsufficientish Bible published by Shodder and Stoughton Our parents, who are fortunate enough to have an elder tree at the bottom of their garden, have tried various different elderberry wine recipes over the years and they have now settled on this one as their favorite. This recipe makes six bottles. It is quite a dry wine, but we’ve [...]

Hazelnut milk – Dave Hamilton

September 14, 2008 // 0 Comments

Hazelnut milk If you’ve been lucky enough to grow or forage an abundance of hazelnuts then this is a great way to use them up. It also makes a delicious alternative to cows milk. Method – makes around a pint Shell the hazelnuts and half fill a breakfast bowl with them. Top the bowl up with water and soak overnight Discard the water and place the soft hazelnuts in a blender Top up with around [...]

Home made apple juice with and without a cider-press

September 14, 2008 // 1 Comment

This year I have moved to a house backing onto quite a wild area of land that has a huge apple tree growing about 30 yards from my house.. I decided to make the most of it and strip it of as many apples as I could carry to not only make cider but also apple juice. After a bit of experimentation I discovered there are two ways to make apple juice one with a cider press and one without. Both are [...]

Autumn Smoothie – Dave Hamilton

September 14, 2008 // 0 Comments

Autumn is a great time to pick apples, blackberries, the last of the plums and nuts. This recipe combines all of them together in one delicious smoothie. It is a quite complicated process if you want to make all the ingredients from scratch but the reward at the end is defiantly worth it. It’s worth making a batch before you go out drinking as it is an excellent hangover cure. Ingredients [...]

Pear Wine – Andy Hamilton

September 14, 2008 // 0 Comments

Dave and I were sitting having a meeting the other day (End of August) and we noticed a massive pear tree laden with pears from the window. Straight after the meeting we ran out to the garden and loaded up our bags. I know have some soon to be pear wine fermenting away in a demijohn down stairs. It is apparently a dry wine and I will crack it open in about 3 months to see the results. The recipe [...]

Hawthorn Berry Wine – Andy Hamilton

September 3, 2008 // 2 Comments

Andy Hamilton There are always hawthorn berries all over the place in the Autumn and this year I decided that I would make the most of them and drink them. Last year I wrote “There are probally a few hawthorn berry wine recipes out there that are tried and tested, if you are reading this near or in September 2008 then I can’t tell you if this recipe is any better than any of the others. [...]

The Common Mallow – Malva sylvestris

September 3, 2008 // 0 Comments

The mallow is one the largest and perhaps one of the most useful wildflowers that can be found whilst out walking. Found all over the UK, in mainland Europe, North Africa, Asia and naturalized in parts of North America, Mexico and Australia the mallow can grow up to around a meter tall (if not larger). Almost all of the plant is edible, the immature seedpods can be eaten as a snack, the roots of [...]

Wild food in the St Werburghs Area of Bristol UK by Andy & Dave Hamilton and Fergus Drennan

September 2, 2008 // 2 Comments

On September 2nd 2008 we teamed up with Fergus Drennan for a wild food walk in Bristol. The area we walked was a little under 400m yet we managed to find everything below. I will be returning to this list and offering more information about each one in due course. It is certainly testament to my theory that there are more wild foods growing in a city than in the countryside. Comfrey : Symphytum [...]