Archive for the 'Wild foods' Category

Elderflower Cordial 2

Yazan: Dave | 04 June 2014 | No Comments
Categories: Food, foraging, Home brewing, Outdoors, Preserving, Wild food, Wild food, Wild foods

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. • Place a layer of elder flowers in the bottom of a bucket and cover […]

Nettle Beer

Yazan: Dave | 11 April 2014 | No Comments
Categories: Food, Home brewing, Outdoors, Wild food, Wild foods

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 […]

Elderflower fritters

Yazan: Dave | 26 September 2013 | No Comments
Categories: Food, Seasonal cooking, Wild food, Wild foods

Elderflower as a food should never be eaten raw as the flowers, like the berries, contain a mildly poisonous alkaloid which is destroyed by cooking. It has widely been used as a food and native Americans would cook them as elderflower fritters. I have cooked cakes using a sponge cake recipe and adding a couple […]

Eating Cordyline australis, (Cabbage palm, Torbay palm)

Yazan: Dave | 16 July 2013 | 2 Comments
Categories: Food, Wild food, Wild food, Wild foods

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 […]

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

Yazan: Dave | 15 July 2013 | 9 Comments
Categories: Food, Wild food, Wild foods

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.  […]

Wild Mezze Platter

Yazan: Dave | 17 June 2013 | 7 Comments
Categories: Food, Outdoors, Seasonal cooking, Wild food, Wild food, Wild foods

  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 […]

Wild in the city

Yazan: Dave | 17 March 2013 | 3 Comments
Categories: Outdoors, Wild food, Wild foods

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 […]

Group Foraging Days

Yazan: Dave | 12 December 2012 | 1 Comment
Categories: Courses, Courses and talks, foraging, Wild foods

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) selfsufficientish.com) with a list of preferred dates and locations, if you find one mutually […]

Sumac – Dave Hamilton

Yazan: Dave | 09 October 2012 | 3 Comments
Categories: Food, Home brewing, Outdoors, Wild food, Wild food, Wild foods

Stag Horn Sumac – Rhus typhina The Forager’s Lemon Sumac is one of those plants you may have seen a thousand times but never really realised it had an edible use. It’s not a truly wild plant in the UK but it does readily escape from gardens as it sends up suckers when the roots […]

Hawthorn Ketchup recipe

Yazan: Dave | 02 October 2012 | 4 Comments
Categories: Food, Seasonal cooking, Wild food, Wild foods

During most of my autumn courses I either run through how to make hawthorn ketchup or I have some on hand to try (preferable both!).  This year I thought I would at least get round to having the recipe up whilst they are in season .  This makes a very red and very delicious ketchup […]


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