Elderflower Cordial 2

June 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Elderflower Cordial 2 An easy recipe for bulk amounts There are countless recipes for elderflower cordial. Here is one for making bulk amounts taught to me by a Swedish girl. We do have a recipe for making a smaller amount. A spray of elderflower • Place a layer of elder flowers in the bottom of a bucket and cover it with a layer of sugar • Repeat this until the bucket is full (a bag of sugar [...]

Elderflower Cordial, elderflower champagne and elderflower wine – Andy Hamilton

June 1, 2014 // 14 Comments

Although we already have an elderflower cordial recipe on our elder article it is one for making it in bulk. I decide that as I have just made a smaller batch of elderflower cordial, some elder flower champagne and our forum is buzzing with talk of elderflower wine it would be good to put up a few recipes here. Elderflower cordial – Elderflower Champagne – Elderflower wine For any [...]

Nettle Beer

April 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

This is an easy recipe to follow and creates a delightful, if not usual tasting beer. It is very cheap to make and follows a traditionally english recipe. Before hops were widely used in the 17th century all sorts of plant were used to flavor the ale including nettles.(Urtica dioica). It was also thought to help alleviate rheumatic pain, gout and asthma. Nettle beer has become more popular in [...]

Winter foraging – Dave Hamilton

February 17, 2014 // 6 Comments

Winter foraging may seem a bit of a waste of time, surely nothing grows during the dark, wet days of winter.  It’s true that there is a lot less than at other times of the year but even on the coldest days something can be found, you just might have to look that little bit harder. Unlike other times of year I’ve found it best to keep an open mind about what I might want to pick that day. So, [...]

Eating Cordyline australis, (Cabbage palm, Torbay palm)

July 16, 2013 // 2 Comments

As a forager I am always looking for new foods in everyday plants.  It came to my mind recently that Eating Cordyline australis, (Cabbage palm, Torbay palm), might not be such a strange thing to do. Cordyline or the Cabbage palm is a common garden plant originating from New Zealand. It can be found far from it’s native land growing in the South of England in municipal beds and the [...]

Himalayan Balsam – Impatiens glandulifera – food for free – Dave Hamilton

July 15, 2013 // 10 Comments

After finding out that Japanese Knotweed was edible (use the young shoots as you would rhubarb) I began a quest to find out what other invasive weeds could end up on the dinner plate. I came across a German man called Peter Becker who it seems shares some of my passion for eating invasive species.  Amongst other things he had found some edible uses for Himalayan Balsam, a plant which is choking [...]

Wild Mezze Platter

June 17, 2013 // 7 Comments

  I love Middle Eastern food in all shapes and forms. Nothing satisfies me more than tucking into a nice mezze platter. However as all the exotic ingredients have to be flown from half way across the world it is hardly a sustainable way to eat! With that in mind I decided to challenge myself to make a wild mezze platter with UK versions of all the middle eastern favourites. This would [...]

Nettle Haggis – Dave Hamilton

April 17, 2013 // 1 Comment

Nettle Haggis Nettle Haggis is perhaps one of the cheapest recipes I’ve ever made (especially if you leave out the bacon) and one of the first to feature on Self-Sufficientish back when the site started in 2004.  It’s particularly good in the Spring with fresh new nettle along with a good handful of wild garlic leaves. Ingredients 4 Medium sized leeks and/or 1 – 3 onions 1-6 [...]

Wild in the city

March 17, 2013 // 3 Comments

If you think about wild food do you picture a woodland miles from anywhere full of unusual plants and mushrooms with strange unpronounceable names? Perhaps foraging is something you know a little about and you regularly take your well thumbed copy of ‘food for free’ on long country walks trying desperately to find some of the plants mentioned in the book to include in your evening [...]

Group Foraging Days

December 12, 2012 // 1 Comment

Family Foraging Courses/Group Foraging Courses Don’t see a course in your area? Want an unique Christmas present?  Think you could get between a group of 2 to 14 people together who would like to go on a wild food walk? Then  email Dave (dave (at) with a list of preferred dates and locations, if you find one mutually agreeable click on the button below to book and [...]
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