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Jan 042011
 
Carnage on Boxing DayOn the approach to Christmas my wild food activities ground to a halt and the focus changed to festive merriment. We hunkered down next to the new wood burner, with food and family in excess, celebrating in traditional Christmas fashion. All was well until Boxing Day. Having lost all but one of our ‘fox fodder’ Read More »
Nov 212010
 
Fat Hen is on Countryfile tonight. BBC1 6.30pm.  I take a group of West Penwithians foraging with James Wong and we cook it all up back here.  It should be an 8 minute film within today's Countryfile episode. X Read More »
Oct 302010
 
The Countryfile piece with me and James Wong has been postponed till another episode. It will not be on Sunday 31st but in the next few weeks. Will keep you posted on date. 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 »
Oct 012010
 
My 100kg Sugar MountainBack in June I went full steam ahead into mass elderflower cordial production.  This year's harvest was to be turned into 300 litres of cordial.   I ordered 100kg of sugar, 5kg of citric acid, had an order for hundreds of organic lemons and oranges in the pipeline and was waiting for 600 half litre clear Read More »
Sep 282010
 
Saturday TelegraphThe Saturday Telegraph listed Fat Hen as number one in their list of the best holiday courses teaching sustainable living. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/picturegalleries/7590648/Ten-sustainable-living-holiday-courses.html Ten Sustainable Living Courses   From making your own cheese, to shearing sheep and fly-fishing, we pick the best holidays teaching sustainable living. Foraging, Cornwall Hogweed seed biscotti, Champagne and elderberry cocktails, nettle frittata 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 »