For a while I’ve been wanting to post about foraging tips and recipes but it has been manic over the past couple of weeks since the kids have gone back to school and I’m behind with blogging so this is 3 posts in one.Sorry, it’s so long but I thought it made sense to have one post with lots of ideas and links for recipes on one page and I have promised Fiona of Coombemill a Country Kids post for ages.
Foraging can be done almost all year round but as we head towards Autumn the fruits of nature are everywhere.We live in a busy town which has many green spaces where we can urban forage or if you walk further out-of-town into the countryside you’re not far from hedgerows.An afternoon walk with my mum just before the end of the Summer holidays took us out to a place called Black Bridge, originally a railway bridge which then collapsed before even I was born.It was rebuilt as a foot bridge and part of the cycle network a few years back.I wanted to see how much it had changed since I was a child, where we would spend Summers paddling in the river, picnicking and having lots of fun.
As we passed a few elderberries, then not quite ripe and blackberries we were amazed to find a huge fig tree as we passed the pony in the field.
Deadly nightshade is a very poisonous plant with tiny purple flowers which have a yellow centre and bears red berries.
Crab apples won’t be ripe for a few more weeks.They make good jelly, jam, fruit leathers, chutney and pie filling.
The new bridge was pretty high up.I was a bit petrified walking across.But once across we found ourselves back in suburbia, heading back to where we were picnkicng a few weeks before.
We didn’t pick much fruit on our walk but it was good to go somewhere different for a change.We’ll be going back to pick the figs and all the unripe elderberries and blackberries another time.
As I’ve been making jam and preserves for three years now, I have a few recipes that I thought include in a little round-up along with other bloggers recipes.I’m a love muffin apparently.Now if the idea of making jam conjures up images of your Nan slaving over a hot pan and strawberries covering the kitchen walls then you’re wrong.Jam normally, depending on the fruit used takes no more than 1/2 hour to make from start to finish.I make oodles in the Summer to give away as teacher presents and little home-made hampers at Christmas and everyone says how much they love what I make.
So my jam recipes:
- Chunky Strawberry And Pimm’s Jam
- Spiced Peach And Blueberry
- Chocolate And Banana Jam
- Hedgerow Jam for the Slowcooker
- Victoria Plum Jam
- Baked Jam Doughnuts and Jam Drops
And here’s a few jam recipes and ways to use it from others bloggers.
From Helen at The Crazy Kitchen:
- Strawberry Ice Cream Shortbread Sandwich
- Gooseberry Jam
- Strawberry And Vanilla Arctic Roll
- Asian Chilli Jam
From Jenny at Mummy Mishaps:
From Claire at Seasider In The City:
From Sandy at Baby Baby:
From Chris at Thinly Spread:
From Maggy at Life At The Zoo:
From Rebecca at Here Come The Girls:
As well as jam there are many, many uses for foraging fruits, herbs and nuts.I took part in a G+ hangout where we chatted about foraging, shared recipes and tips.
Foraging recipes featured in the hangout (more will be added when I have the links)
- Berries, apricots or any foraged fruit – Foragers Cake
- blackberries Jam and tie dying
- Wild plums – Plum beena (any fruit can be used)
- Cobnuts- Salted caramel crunch
- Blackberries- Very Berry Cheesecake lollies
- Elderberries- Cough syrup
I hope this post has been useful for foraging tips and recipes .Linking up to Fiona for Country Kids (at last!) who also has been out foraging for Blackberries.
I’m also linking up with Helen of Kiddy Charts for Parenting Pin It Party