Wild Garlic, Nettle & Bittercress Pesto

Something to the quality of Land changes when the first shoots of Wild Garlic start sprouting forth. To the novice in the very early stages they can appear indistinguishable from the poisonous Lords and Ladies, also known as Cuckoo-pint…. So gather tenderly, as you would stroke a lover. Stand back, start slowly, do not rush … Read more

Hairy Bittercress Harissa Paste

HAIRY BITTERCRESS – Cardamine hirsuta offers a hot peppery cress flavour. Traditionally the leaves have been cooked like spinach, but I find they taste a deep rich cress flavour. A Goddess to the forager, a curse to the gardener. How strange to dig up a friendly invasive who grows in huge abundance for you, only … Read more

Hairy Bittercress, Dandelion & Papaya Salad

A wonderfully sensual dish combining the exquisite sweetness of Papaya with the pepperiness of Hairy Bittercress and the gentle flavour of mild Dandelion greens. I picked up some out of date Papayas the other day. Out of date in the sense they were still green and I had to ripen them up to their golden … Read more

Hairy Bittercress & Roasted Beetroot Salad

The combination of Hairy Bittercress’s (Cardamine hirsuta) earthy flavours with the sweet, salt and acidic dressing and the vivid contrast of colours makes a wonderful Autumnal warm salad. Hairy Bittercress Recipe Ingredients 4 beetroot (weighing about 500g) 50g sunflower and/or pumpkin seeds 2 tablespoons maple syrup 2 tablespoons oil (I used hemp but olive is … Read more