Bleak Midwinter

Well its hardly bleak sitting here in my centrally heated house full of post Christmas food, but then I’m not soley reliant on wild food, unlike the author of my latest bedtime reading.

John Lewis-Stempel’s book ‘The Wild Life’ details his year eating only food that he has caught, picked, foraged or shot himself on his 40 acre farm in Herefordshire.   During the winter months there is very little available for foraging, hence the blog being very quiet, but this guy has managed to do a whole year! His story is quite incredible.

Here is one of his receipes for ‘Hogweed Mash’

Only dig roots from where you are absolutely sure Hogweed and only Hogweed grows (some umbellifers are deady poisonious) wash and grate the roots, boil in salted water.  Once its cooked, it can be mashed into something resembling sweet potato.  Brilliant!



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