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As I said in my post about our fungi forage last weekend, that walk taught me to confidently identify about half a dozen wild mushroom species, and the wild food walk we did in the early summer taught me how to identify another half dozen things, mostly green leaves. These built on things I’d learnt [...]

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Yesterday John, Lily-dog and I went on a long awaited funghi forage, led by Jesper Launder and organised by Slow Food West Yorkshire. We went on another wild food walk with Jesper & SlowFoodWY in May – mostly tasting different greens and crayfish – and as our interest in wild food and mushrooms has sky [...]

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On our lunchtime dog walk today, the dog ran through the beck into the meadow – the steep hill of grassland a short way from our house – and stopped. From the ridge at the top of the slope, two burnt orange foxes were staring back down at her – they looked between her and [...]

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With the last of the plums from the wild tree next to our house, I made a delicious spicy plum and chilli chutney. The plums are slightly smaller than cultivated ones but highly flavoured – both sweet & tart at the same time. Yum! My Spicy Marrow Chutney recipe uses flavours inspired by the Indian [...]

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I had yesterday largely away off work/from my computer in order to catch up on my preserving. As I tweeted last night: Today I’ve made 5.5lbs of spicy marrow chutney, 3lbs of marrow & chilli jam, 4lbs of blackberry & apple jam, & 3lbs of spicy plum chutney. Also made 3lbs of ratatouille & 2 [...]

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So last week, we went fishing for fruit on the mystery fruit tree outside our kitchen window. We collected 5.5kg of the plum-ish fruit, probably sacrificed as much the floor gods, and there is still a fair bit up there (albeit not terribly accessible). We’re not sure if they’re wild plum or cherry plum as [...]

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