|January 17, 2013||Posted by Luschka under Carnivals, Festival of Food, Food, Foraging for Food, Seasonal Cooking, Spring, Winter|
Tweet Welcome to the Festival of Food Carnival. In celebration of the New Year and Healthy Starts, we’re sharing recipe ideas for healthy, nourishing recipes or anything you would enjoy this time of year. Hosted by Diary of a First Child and Hybrid Rasta Mama, you’re welcome to join us next time, or if you […]
|May 29, 2011||Posted by Luschka under Favourite Recipes I Have To Share, Food, Foraging for Food, Kids in the Kitchen, Spring, Summer|
Tweet We moved into a new house this week, and when I say it’s been mayhem and madness, I’m not joking. I’ve spent five days unpacking boxes, and it feels like I’ve barely made a dent. I’m sure it’ll all come together in one smooth motion but till then, I’ve had little to no time […]
|May 22, 2011||Posted by Luschka under Favourite Recipes I Have To Share, Food, Foraging for Food, Seasonal Cooking, Spring|
Tweet While savoury scones aren’t very common in England, they are among my favourite â€˜snacks’.Â These are actually meant to be popped in the oven with a medley of chopped vegetables, but are equally good on their own, with a little butter. 175 g self-raising flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon cayenne 25 g butter […]
|May 15, 2011||Posted by Luschka under Food, Foraging for Food, Seasonal Cooking, Spring|
Tweet Yarrow, or what the Ancients called Achillea after Achilles, the legendary warrior.Â In battle, Yarrow was used to speed up the blood clotting and to stop haemorrhaging. Crushed, the leaves can be put directly onto cuts, and used for nose bleeds and earache, and even chewed for toothache.
|May 8, 2011||Posted by Luschka under Autumn, Food, Foraging for Food, Seasonal Cooking, Spring, Summer|
Tweet Nettles are a painful annoyance when you’re out and about in fields and forests, and make pickingÂ other plants quite tough, but did you knowÂ that in and of themselves, they are something of a super-food? Nettles can be used to increase breast milk supply, eliminate dandruff, and is believed to have anti-anaemic, anti-diabetic, […]
|May 1, 2011||Posted by Luschka under Foraging for Food, Seasonal Cooking, Spring, Summer|
Tweet I’m still on the Ramsons this week â€“ there are just so many of them, and so much you can do with them, it seems silly to keep them to one week. Â Check last week’s post to find out more about where you can find Ramsons and poisonous lookalikes (which don’t smell like garlic […]
|April 24, 2011||Posted by Luschka under Food, Foraging for Food, Spring, Summer|
Tweet Wild garlic is simply delicious stuff. In the spring it has a much milder taste than late in the summer, and unlike it’s commercial counterpart, you eat the leaves and the flowers, not the bulb (although you could).
|April 17, 2011||Posted by Luschka under Favourite Recipes I Have To Share, Food, Foraging for Food, Seasonal Cooking, Spring, Summer|
Tweet Foraging for Dandelions is probably the best place to start for a variety of reasons: They are easy to identify and have no poisonous parts or poisonous lookalikes They are plentiful There are loads of different recipes you can use them in I have two recipes for you today â€“ one really easy and […]
|August 8, 2010||Posted by Luschka under Favourite Recipes I Have To Share, Food, Seasonal Cooking, Spring, Summer|
Tweet Everything salad can also be everything pasta. It is a quick and easy way of clearing out all those left over bits in the fridge and the vegetable bowl, while making a great, nutritious and filling meal. The key to a good ‘Everything Salad’ is colour and variety. An easy guide is to use […]
|May 23, 2010||Posted by Luschka under Favourite Recipes I Have To Share, Food, Foraging for Food, Seasonal Cooking, Spring, Summer|
Tweet We did something totally different last week: we went foraging for food! Now that might not sound particularly adventurous to some, but when you consider that I live in South London â€“ in many ways a concrete jungle â€“ it’s about as adventurous as it gets! We met up with a group from Lambeth […]
We met up with a group from Lambeth Band of Solidarity, led by Ceri Buck and picked nettles, dandelions, lime leaves and hawthorn before returning back to the community centre to prepare a lunch that was as enjoyable as it was interesting.
Today I’m going to share my favourite recipe from the day: Dandelion Fritters
Dandelion flowers have a host of health benefits, including weight management, cleansing the skin and rejuvenating the liver. It is a fantastic ‘morning after’ drink when steeped in hot water and sweetened and drunk as a tea.
Now, in less healthy fashion, on to the fritters.
- 10â€“15 Dandelion flowers per person trimmed so that there’s no bitter stalk, and washed
- 1 medium egg
- 225ml ice-cold water
- 100g plain flour
2.Lightly mix in the flour with a fork and beat gently. Don’t worry too much about lumps.
3.Dip the dandelions in the batter, and drop in hot oil. The oil should ideally be at 180C/350F for cooking dandelions; if the dandelions sink to the bottom of the oil, the temperature is too high.
4.Fry till golden brown, then remove and place on paper towel
5.For a sweet treat, drizzle lemon juice over, then dip in icing sugar. For a salty treat, dip in mustard, or our favourite, sprinkle over salt and pepper and enjoy!
A few tips for foraging safely:
- Be 100% sure of the plant you’re picking to eat
- Try to pick away from main roads or train lines as the ground is more polluted near transport routes.
- Preferably pick in areas that haven’t been built on in the last 100 years, as these places shouldn’t have any lead piping in the ground
- Find out if pesticides are used in the area you’re interested in
- Make sure to pick higher up in areas where dogs are walked!
- Pick no more than we you will consume
- Pick no more than a third of the plant â€“ we want new seeds and new plants next year!
- In the UK it is illegal to uproot a whole plant in a public area or without the consent of the land owner