Category Archives for "Wild Food Recipes"

Nettle & Barley Risotto

Nettle Risotto Recipe

The oldest recorded recipe in Britain according to the Centre for Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff is one for nettle pudding, consisting of not surprisingly nettle with barley. They claim it to be 8,000 years old!

Taking this for inspiration I decided to create a nettle risotto using barley instead of rice, to which I added ramsons (wild garlic), and kelp seaweed.Read more…

Noble Nettle Gruel

Noble Nettle Gruel Recipe

Gruel down the centuries gets a bad rap, courtesy of super snobs with their pretentious pontificating on what deems ‘good taste’. The phrase ‘food fascists’ comes to mind.

I mean let’s face it, oysters used to be seen as food for the poor back in the 1800s, spat on by those who in their delusion think they are our masters and betters when it comes to ‘ taste & culture’.Read more…

Beef Bone & Nettle Potassium Broth

Nettle & Beef Bone Potassium Broth Recipe

I first used potassium broths back in the mid 1980s when I was a student of Nature Cure. Potassium broths have been used for generations to help get through colds and alleviate the symptoms of flu, boost immunity, as well as build up the body to resist illness.Read more…

Magnolia Syrup Recipe

Magnolia Syrup Recipe

This Magnolia syrup recipe is beautiful, sensual and delicious. There are a number of different species of Magnolia that you can use, and after having tried different ones I have found that Magnolia liliiflora produced the best flavour; which is truly exquisite.Read more…

Quick Braised Hogweed Shoots

Braised Hogweed Shoots Recipe

Young, furled hogweed shoots (Heracleum sphondylium) are the queen of wild vegetables. Gourmet doesn’t even come close to describe them. If you place asparagus up there on an 8-10 ‘taste blooming awesome’ scale. This braised hogweed shoots recipe nudges in at an acceptable 12-14, making asparagus taste mediocre!

Buttery, scented, divinely delicious and downright more-ish, you could be forgiven if you became a hogweed shoot addict.
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Thai Style Three Cornered Leek & Tempeh Stir Fry

Thai Style Three Cornered Leek Stir Fry Recipe

I love quick, wholesome wild food dishes, and if they have Asian flavours so much the better. This Thai style three cornered leek stir fry recipe really did the trick. It doesn’t require any noodles either. Tempeh is very filling and a fermented food. Tofu I find utterly tasteless, and not very satisfying.Read more…

Kelp Lasagne

Kelp Lasagne Recipe
Seaweed is highly nutritious and tasty as this kelp recipe will show, and something that we need to be eating daily as it is anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and some say even anti-cancer. Kelp (Laminaria digitata) also known as oarweed or tangle, and in Japan as Kombu, is one of the most delicious and easy to recognise seaweeds. You’ll find it at low tide at the extreme lower part of the shore.

Kelp is very high in iron and iodine, bromine, phosphorus, boron and zinc. It also contains protein, sugar, starch, fat, vitamin A, B1, B12, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium to name a few. Read more…

Nettle Seed Cheese Straws

Nettle Seed Cheese Straws Recipe

Wandering the fields and hedgerows, phone left at home. I sense a deep peace and freedom. Unplugged, my awareness stays present with the moment and the elements. Chancing upon a lovely patch of nettle in seed, I gather. Slowly. Methodically. Breathing. The simple act of gathering allows me to sink deep down into my bones. Relaxed. At home I dry them on the floor, then store them for later use. Green and wild, wild and green, oh how it feels to be so serene.Read more…

Sugar Free Nettle & Seaweed Sweets

Nettle Sweets Recipe

I love Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica), it has so many potential uses in drinks, savoury and dessert recipes. Recently I gathered some young nettle tips, new growth that had appeared after the council had done some recent strimming. Remembering the recipes I used to create when I was a raw food vegan back on the mid 1980s; I thought that I would try and recreate an old recipe from a booklet I wrote from those dietary exploration days called ‘Biogenic Nutrition: A Living Foods Lifestyle‘. This is the result; a nourishing raw, sugar free energy lifting nettle sweet recipe.Read more…

Slow Cooked Kelp, Pork & Beetroot Stew

Kelp Recipe

Slipping and sliding over the rocks, I eventually hit the edge of the world. “Is it flat” I thought? Peering out to nothing but ocean. And thus began the start of this kelp recipe.

I love kelp! I have it powdered in my daily breakfast smoothie. I add it to my bath; it’s great for the skin. But most of all, I love it in stews, and especially pork stews. If you aren’t anywhere near the coast, then you can always find it in your local Asian grocers, but that really defeats the whole object of foraging for your supper! And shop bought kelp is usually farmed inland, and then flown over from Asia… Hmmm, if needs must, then so be it I suppose… BUT…Read more…