Braised Magnolia Flower Buds

Ingredients 2 tablespoons of Hikari koji miso (or another sweet miso) 100ml hot/boiled water 10 Edible magnolia flowers and/or buds. 1 tablespoon of olive oil Instructions Whisk the miso in with the hot water until it has thoroughly dissolved. Heat the olive oil, add the magnolia buds and very gently, fry for 1 minute. They … Read more

Magnolia Flower & Tempeh Dumplings

Ingredients 200g tempeh 2 tablespoons miso 2 tablespoons sesame oil 2 tablespoons mirin 50ml boiling water 80g edible magnolia flowers Instructions Cube the tempeh and put in a food processor. Pulse until it looks minced. Transfer to a bowl. In a jar (with a lid) combine the hot water, miso, sesame oil and mirin. Cap … Read more

Wild Mustard And Haricot Bean Sauce

I love creating dressings and sauces with beans. They add a delicious flavour and texture. Not forgetting their nutritional value! This wild mustard sauce recipe turned out well and was divine. Well, according to my partner that is. Goes perfect with my Wild Garlic And Cauliflower Cakes recipe. I was originally going to cannelloni beans, only to … Read more

Wild Garlic And Cauliflower Cakes With Wild Mustard Sauce

You can smell the wild garlic as you walk through the woods. The young tender wild garlic leaves are best, as they can get a bit tough as the plant matures into flower. Toasted rice powder is used a lot in Laos and Thailand where it is known as Khao khua. I love it because … Read more

Wild Garlic and Cashew Nut Pâté

With wild garlic sprouting forth at the moment, I wanted to experiment with using fermented juices from sauerkraut, kimchi etc. to see how they change the flavour profile of my wild food recipes. This is a simple, modest plant-based dish, but it turned out well. The cashew nuts add a sweetness to the pate, so … Read more

Try These Delicious Wild Garlic Recipes

Traditional and Modern Use of Wild Garlic Wild Garlic: Frequently Asked Questions Wild Garlic & Cauliflower Cakes Wild Garlic & Cashew Nut Pâté Wild Garlic Pesto Wild Garlic Kimchi Wild Garlic Pakoras Fermented Wild Garlic Homemade Goat’s Cheese With Wild Garlic Wild Garlic and Nettle Nut Loaf Wild Garlic and Dandelion Salad Pickled Wild Garlic … Read more

Wild Water Pepper Tade Su

Ingredients 30g fresh water pepper leaf and tips. 6 tablespoons of high quality mirin (most are full of junk chemicals). 6 tablespoons of Japanese rice vinegar. Instructions In a smoothie blender, or regular blender, blitz all the ingredients until they have become very smooth. Use drizzled over avocado or white fish. Further reading: Traditional and Modern … Read more

Hogweed Seed Spice, Cashew and Date Sweets

Hogweed seed spice is deliciously warming and is reminiscent of cardamon. I crafted this recipe and served the sweets at a gathering of plant-walkers who had met to remember Frank Cook, herbalist and botanical explorer extraordinaire. Frank died on 19th August 2009. He was also my plant mentor. Each year I do a memorial event, … Read more

Salad Burnet & Tomato Salad

Salad Burnet (Sanguisorba minor syn. Poterium sanguisorba) is one of the few wild species which supplies edible greenery for most of the year. During the winter and spring months, new growth will frequently be found sprouting and this may be used in salads, while more mature leaves can be added to soups and pottages. The … Read more

Grain-Free Sea Aster Tabbouleh

It’s hot. 1976 hot. Scorched grass. Withered plants. It’s times like this that the farmer gets twitchy. Images of dust-bowls and draught go through their mind. For the forager it’s different. We aren’t farmers. We don’t need to live in fear of scarcity. Of food running out. As foragers, we do what hunter-gatherer communities have … Read more

Sorrel, Watercress And Roasted Fennel Soup

One of the most delicious wild greens is Sorrel (Rumex acetosa). Sorrel soup has been a traditional dish served since the Middle Ages. In Belarus and Poland, it is still popular as soup, yet in the British Isles it’s prominence has wained. Sorrel has a delicious tangy flavour, with one of the common names that children … Read more