Heyday of the year

hello again,

I’ve been quiet for a while only because I’m soooo busy, up at 7 to hunt out those late mushrooms and grab the last of the fat juicy Elderberries, then home to dry, juice, jam and pickle till the wee hours.

There’s not much use gathering stuff if you don’t use it.

Now the larder shelves are filling nicely, there are some “brews”bubbling and burping quietly in kitchen, the living room is festooned in drying mushrooms and my fabulous Fisher Paykel stove is fired up with big pots and 3ovens all going.

There is slow roasted venison with spiced Blackberry jelly for dinner, mushrooms on homemade toasted bread for lunch and Wild berry syrups to go with my Oaty crumble for breakfast.

Soon things outdoors will calm down as it gets colder and I can dig some Dandy roots for coffee, bottle some really good booze and begin thinking “Hampers”

Winter will I hope bring some Blewits which I love and for me it’s also time to make Elderflower Delight from Elderflower essence saved earlier and truffles with Vodka Damsons and fudge with chocolate or wild mint.

It’s been a great year so far, I’ve met lots of new people, traveled just enough, picking up recipes and ideas along the way and spent many many hours among friends and fellow foragers, thank you all and you will be in my thoughts as I pack and bottle, bless you all and keep in touch.

Basket of my favourite Damsons

Basket of my favourite Damsons

Transition Year workshop samples

Transition Year workshop samples

Martin will be glad to try the Damson Vodka soon

Martin will be glad to try the Damson Vodka soon

Transition Year workshop samples

Transition Year workshop samples

Basket of my favourite Damsons

Basket of my favourite Damsons

Field mushrooms October 12th and still going strong,

Field mushrooms October 12th and still going strong,

lovely Slieve bloom Ceps

lovely Slieve bloom Ceps

Hazelnuts and Blackberries gathered on late September stroll, thanks Eve Titi, Maja Martin for help and great day out

Hazelnuts and Blackberries gathered on late September stroll, thanks Eve Titi, Maja Martin for help and great day out

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1 Comment

  1. Eve Lorigan said,

    October 13, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Looking good. Some lovely photos and everything sounds yummy. Be sure to keep me some of that berry syrup!


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