Elderflower Cordial, elderflower champagne and elderflower wine – Andy Hamilton

Yazan: Andy Hamilton | 01 June 2014 | 12 Comments
Categories: Food, Home brewing, Preserving, Wild food

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 […]

Preserving Cherries

Yazan: Dave | 27 July 2012 | 4 Comments
Categories: Food, foraging, Home Brew, Lifestyle and Recipes, Preserving, Wild foods

Town planners of 20th century often included cherry trees in their planting schemes as they loved the blossom. The fruit was something of an afterthought, but not for us foragers. It has meant that added to the list of usual places to hunt for cherries you should include housing estates and parks. You will more […]

Drought Gardening By Andy Hamilton first published in the Ecologist

Yazan: Andy Hamilton | 18 April 2012 | No Comments
Categories: Outdoors, Seasonal Garden

Summer in the garden is beautiful, but hauling gallons of water from the kitchen tap to your beds is neither fun nor sustainable. Here’s some tips on how to drought-proof your plot First published in the Ecologist 2 years ago. Written by Andy Hamilton In this hot weather plants – and especially thirsty vegetables – […]

April foraging – Early Spring Wild food by Andy Hamilton

Yazan: Andy Hamilton | 06 April 2012 | 2 Comments
Categories: Outdoors, Wild food

Winter is becoming like last night’s dream and any hazy reminders of its presence are starting to seem out of place. On seemingly dead wood once a tightly packed parcels have now opened to reveal their true nature, these little green miracles are growing with such vigour they are changing the landscape daily. It might […]

Wild food available in March – Early Spring Foraging – Andy Hamilton

Yazan: Andy Hamilton | 20 March 2012 | 7 Comments
Categories: Food, Outdoors, Wild food, Wild food

I love this season as its a time when gardening, nature spotting, foraging and home brewing can all start in earnest. Its a time when food starts to appear, everywhere. Here are my favorite wild plants to expect in March almost anywhere in the UK and across much of North America. These foods were all found in […]

Booze for Free by Andy Hamilton

Yazan: Andy Hamilton | 14 August 2011 | 31 Comments
Categories: Food, Home brewing

Despite the long lonely days (and sometimes nights) with just a keyboard for company, the occasionally twinge of RSI, the days of procrastination and the slow withdraw from everyday life, I love being a writer and especially a non-fiction writer. One of the main reasons is that I get to choose what to write about […]

Foraging for burdock and burdock recipes (Gobo recipes)

Yazan: Andy Hamilton | 11 July 2011 | 7 Comments
Categories: Food, Home brewing, Outdoors, Wild food, Wild food

I see burdock as an old friend, it’s odd but just a peak of the leaves pocking out of the undergrowth can bring a smile to my face and as I see it I say (sometimes out loud) “ah Burdock”. Just as you might say, “Ah George, not seen you in a while”. Told you […]

Home Made Crackers – By Andy Hamilton

Yazan: Andy Hamilton | 07 July 2011 | 4 Comments
Categories: Food, Seasonal cooking, The Home, The kitchen

When you get in from work and want to put your feet up with a cuppa you can’t beat having some cheese and crackers to go with it. But why keep buying crackers when you can make very tasty ones at home? This recipe is a very easy one to follow so there should be […]

Foraging for Medicine – Part one – Lime/linden blossom (Tilia) – Andy Hamilton

Yazan: Andy Hamilton | 22 June 2011 | 7 Comments
Categories: Food, Herbal medicine, Wild food

Picking lime blossom could’nt be easier. First find a tree, many victorian parks are lined with them and this is always a good place to start. Otherwise, they are often the trees that line our suburbs, the ones that get pruned to withing an inch of their lives in the winter/early spring before filling up with leaves and looking like the poodle of the tree world

Eating and drinking Japanese Knotweed by Andy Hamilton

Yazan: Andy Hamilton | 14 March 2011 | 35 Comments
Categories: Food, Home brewing, Wild food

Eating and drinking Japanese Knotweed Japanese Knotweed was first introduced to our shores as a garden plant in about 1825. It doesn’t form any viable seed in this country so it’s rather remarkable how much it has spread. It is said that there is some growing in every 10km grid square in the UK, a […]


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