Elderflower Fizz is a particularly English summer drink: floral, delicate and immensely quaffable. Elderflowers are so widespread and this recipe is so easy, that it seems a shame not to make your own.
If you drive along English country lanes at this time of year, it would be easy to dismiss the green blur of the verges as simply boring grass.
One of the best things about the arrival of spring is the chance to forage around the garden and fields for things to pick and eat. Food for free is itself a beguiling prospect, but somehow the very act of finding, picking and eating these leaves, berries, nuts or flowers links back to an ancientContinue reading “Grasping the Nettle”
In September, the edible hedge and all the other hedges around the fields are filled with berries and fruits. It is certainly one of the best months of all for foraging. The blackberries are in their prime just now, the rosehips and hawthorn berries are ripe, wild pears and crab apples are ready to use and the sloesContinue reading “the edible hedge in September”
Down by the pond in the corner of Gardeners Field, tucked into the corner behind the stinging nettles, stands an elder bush dripping with elderberries; tiny, deep purple coloured beads that burst with juice and stain your fingers as you pick them. I don’t usually pick many elderberries, partly because there aren’t many near toContinue reading “hedgerow foraging”