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Oct 172011
 
Beware the Poisonous Autumn berriesOne of the most unusual poisonous Autumn berries is the berry of the Spindle shrub (Euonymus europaeus).  It is thought to be highly toxic though there don't appear to be many recorded incidents. The pink fruit capsules eventually split to reveal bright orange berries: The berries contain toxic cardiac glycosides and alkaoloids.  Children are attracted Read More »
Oct 032011
 
Lobster, seashore risotto & Ben FogleHave you ever dropped a live lobster into a pot of boiling water?  Not something I had ever wanted or ever intend to do in my life.  So, when I was asked to cook a wild foraged recipe with lobster for Ben Fogle, filmed for America's Today Show, I must say, I hesitated slightly.  Imagining Read More »
Sep 202011
 
Pies for all seasons and other thingsPieminister, the posh pie folk from Bristol came down to stay here with us for a couple of days earlier this year to forage for their new cook book (A pie for all seasons) and to use our place as a pie photoshoot location.  It was a great couple of days and now their cook Read More »
Jul 282011
 
Waitrose PhotoshootBack at the end of May Waitrose came to take photos of me foraging and cooking for a photographic feature on people who work outside with food. It will be in the August edition of the Waitrose magazine. "It won't take long" he said, and after 4 hours of posing supposedly naturally with my hat Read More »
May 102011
 
Countryfile came down to film me again a couple of weeks ago. It was aired last Sunday 8th May.  Follow this link for BBC I player to see the programme.  It'll be on i player for another week and is about 20 minutes into the hour long episode: Caroline on BBC Countryfile They ran a Read More »
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 202011
 
Come on a Wild Food Coastal Walk on Good Friday, April 22nd 2011 from the Gurnards Head, with Caroline Davey Followed by a 3 Course Wild Lunch in the pub, cooked by head chef, Bruce Rennie  featuring wild seasonal local herbs, salads, vegetables, flowers & fruit  Starter  Vichyssoise of Alexanders  Main Course  Hake, three cornered 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 »
Feb 212011
 
Last October I took Nick Baker, the naturalist, of 'The Really Wild Show' fame, foraging for a day which will be aired tonight on Inside Out.  This is a regional BBC series, so you'll get to see it if you are in the West Country.   I got him to dig up burdock, painstakingly, with a Read More »
Feb 082011
 
Wild Cornish Tricolor TaglietellePasta drying on my clothes drier I had a great day last Wednesday foraging with Ross Bruce, the head chef of the Felin Fach Griffen.  We went to my usual haunts and foraged laver, sea beet, fool’s watercress, alexanders, black mustard, three cornered garlic and navelwort.  Who says there’s nothing to eat in the winter??  Read More »