Food and Drink

May 102011
6 Course Wild Food Tasting Supper at Flinty RedJust returned from Bristol last week after heading up there with a car full of freshly foraged ingredients for Flinty Red's Wild Food Tasting Supper. It's the second one we've done and was a roaring success.  I did this supper in colloboration with Matt Williamson, chef of Flinty Red and Rachel Higgens, wine expert, who Read More »
Apr 112011
Pies, Pies &  More PiesPieminister, purveyors of posh pies, came down to stay last week for a couple of days of pie making, pie eating, pie photographing and pie ingredient foraging for their new cookery book on pies. They've devised over 100 pie recipes for their book.  I got involved with them to forage the ingredients for wild accompaniments Read More »
Oct 272010
Whirlwind half term to Bristol…. loved it….great to leave the land of pasties and top up on a bit of diverse food and culture…wonderful dosas at the Thali cafe (twice), plates of gorgeousness at Flinty Red (Of course), tapas at the Clifton Lido, glass of Rioja and a plate of paella at El Rincon accompanied Read More »
Oct 182010
Countryfile & Other Autumnal StuffWow.  I've finally come to the end of the most manic work phase so far in the history of Fat Hen.  It's been a fantastic Autumn with loads of interesting things happening.  Food Fairs, Gourmet Weekends, Taster Days, Days for children, Production of endless jellies, fungi and seaweeds and a bit of t.v.  Countryfile came Read More »
Oct 072010
Cornwall Food and Drink FestivalOMG – How scarey – I did my first public cooking demonstration at the Cornwall Food and Drink Festival in Truro on 25th September.  I looked down at all the cooking kit I brought with me and wondered how on earth I was going to find the right things at the right time and god Read More »
Oct 032010
A Most Peculiar ForageOff we went this morning, baskets in hand, children in tow, down to the woods on a mushroom hunt. A perfect Sunday morning jaunt with the kids and their two friends Jacca and Rosie.  Rope swings, fungi in abundance, a flask of hot chocolate and a good old hearty walk on a misty moisty morning.  Read More »
Sep 162010
Fat Hen's Gourmet Wild Food Weekend  11th-12th SeptemberOnce again the gods were looking after us last weekend.  The weather forecast for last weekend was torrential, so when we had clear skies and baking hot sunshine we were pretty chuffed to say the least.   Last week I foraged chanterelles, parasols, jelly ear fungus, black mustard leaves, alexanders leaves, sorrel, wood sorrel, navelwort, limpets, Read More »
Sep 162010
Parasols a plenty and Valentine Warner'Tis now the season for the parasol on the West Cornish coastline… perched just above the rough unimproved coastal grassland, they are there for the picking… 'Twas luck for me they were sitting pretty the day before Valentine Warner came to forage and cook with me for a new tv series on UKTV's Good Food Read More »
Sep 152010
Velcro and the West Country Way  7.15am on Monday 31st August I left home to set off on the longest cycle of my lifetime.  Being a bit of an anorack when it comes to wild food, I couldn't imagine cycling to Bristol without somehow recording or collecting all the wild food I saw on the way.  Since I was travelling Read More »
May 102010
Flying Visit to Flinty Red in Bristol! I spent Bank Holiday Monday 3rd  May foraging West Cornwall's finest Wild Edibles to take up to Bristol to Flinty Red on Tuesday 4th. Matt Williamson and his wife Claire, friends of mine, and also Fat Hen's chefs on our Gourmet Wild Food Weekends have recently opened this fabulous little restaurant in Cotham, Bristol.  It's Read More »