Foraged Christmas Garland & Table Centrepiece

At home or at work I love the feeling of having successfully pulled off a project and made something from scratch. Every year we hand make Christmas tree decorations, but this time I wanted to combine my well documented love of foraging with the joy of hand making. It started with a forage. I went…

Redcurrant Sorbet

A day of foraging left me with more redcurrants than I could reasonably just sit and eat, so I was left with the perennial harvesters question – what exactly am I going to do with all of this now that I have it? I thought about making a jam or a jelly, but then I…

Foraging gone right.

I could say my cherry mishap made me cautious, but really it made me annoyed. Or maybe determined not to be beaten. There was, quite literally, low hanging fruit for the taking, and I was going to get some. Last week, armed with some tupperware and a cake tin off we went to hunt and gather,…

Grenadine, Elderflower & Orange Vodka Cocktail

After a very successful afternoon of redcurrant picking I was inspired to put them to good use. I’m still very much on a summer punch kick, and this sweet, floral, mixture of summer flavours is be just the thing. What you need: 25ml grenadine 10ml elderflower cordial 25ml Cointreau and 25ml of vodka OR 50ml orange vodka Juice…

Orange and Acacia Blossom Vodka Fruit Punch

I’ve really caught the bug for infusing my own drinks. It’s so satisfying to be able to offer people something unique when they come over. It’s so easy and the drinks are so nice – I’m totally hooked. Acacia, also known as locust flower, is all over London. Most of the time it’s a fairly…

Preserved Plums

One of my Unemployment Resolutions is to use this time for self improvement – rather than a personal chocolate eating competition. I’m trying to snack better, so this morning I opened the final jar of the preserved plums I made in summer 2014. Last year, walking along Hackney Marshes with a friend, we came across…

Foraging gone wrong

I like to think of myself of something as an urban forager. London, and other urban areas, has so much more food literally all around us than people seem to realise. Last summer, in London I found several types of plums, apricots, apples, pears, blackberries, red currents, cherries, and apricots. I’ve never really been prepared…

Cherry Infused Gin

Despite my most recent attempt to forage cherries being a potentially poisonous disaster I was still in the mood for something fruity, and being one of gin’s biggest fans, cherry gin seemed like the obvious summer choice. I made mine in a small Kilner bottle, but you can make it in any bottle, or even…