Wild About Food

Image of funghi growing in the woods

Pretty but inedible (I know now)

Like a lot of Brits I’m leery about picking wild mushrooms. Hedgerow fruit, no problem. Wild garlic, absolutely. But in spite of the fact that I often picked field mushrooms with my dad when I was a child, I’m funny about funghi. Too many Agatha Christie novels at a formative age, perhaps, along with a yawning gap of ignorance.

“Mushrooms have got a bad PR agent, that’s all,” says Carl Shillingford Continue reading

Yoghurt and Blackberry Crème Brûlée with Hazelnut Twists

Image of blackberries in a hedgerow

Sorry, I picked all the good ones

This is a cheat’s version of crème brûlée, made with Greek yoghurt rather than a rich eggy custard. It’s a no-bake, quick-to-make recipe, which means you can use the spare time to knock up the hazelnut twists Continue reading

Rosehip Jelly

Image of rosehips growingIt was a bit of a wrench picking the hips from the wild roses because they looked so beautiful glowing in the autumn sun, but I consoled myself with the thought that they’d shrivel and drop off soon anyway and I’d be conserving their flavour through the winter, suspended in an amber jelly. Continue reading

Positively The Last Bullace Post Of The Season

Image of a wild plum tree

Harvesting the last of the wild plums from the hedgerow and being short on time, the thought of picking the stones out of bullace jam didn’t appeal. But it’s one of the family’s favourites so I wanted to keep the bullaces’ gorgeous greengage flavour while cutting the workload. Continue reading

Wild Plum Jam

Image of white bullaces growing on the tree

I’d never heard of bullaces before I moved to Suffolk. Now I’m knee deep in them.

They’re a type of wild plum that grows in the hedgerows in East Anglia, although different varieties apparently grow in various parts of the UK, from east to west. Continue reading