Hannah and Lucy discovering wild foods at Roundwood house,
November first, you might think it too late in year to go foraging. Not so, on Saturday a group of guests and I gathered for a wild food talk, forage and dinner. The talk focused mainly on mushroom hunting, how to forage safely and sustainably and how to include and inform children, also the benefits of mushrooms, not just in our diet. The walk, in grassland, garden and under magnificent trees yielded 5 different edible mushrooms and plenty not for the pot, but beautiful in themselves. We also collected fresh greens and some berries then headed back to the warmth of the fire to enjoy a sip of my Damson Vodka and relax before dinner. Dinner was sublime, one delicious course followed another, with our wild finds combined with best of local produce. The mood was relaxed, old friends and new sharing a special meal.Our two chefs, Paddy and Ted joined us for a well deserved desert. A nightcap sip of my Beech Leaf Liqueur rounded off the evening beautifully.
Thank you to Mama nature for her beauty and bounty. Thank you to everyone for a great day and to Hannah,Paddy, Amilee and Lucy for the welcome at Roundwood.
Beautiful sunny autumn day spent in Slieve Blooms with Hannah and Paddy of Roundwood House and friends. Big thank you to Lorraine O Sullivan for great photos and Corinna Hardgrave for mention in Sunday Times food article on October 12th.
it looks like a great weekend to be out and about. 4 places have just become available on tomorrow’s forage (Saturday Oct 11th) if you would like to join us please call Mary on 0877418536, meeting half ten.
Also don’t forget Wexford, Janestown Nature reserve on next Sat Oct 18th. and
Now we are enjoying misty mornings and sunny days, perfect for Autumn’s harvest.This year that harvest is bountiful with really good crops of Damsons, Sloes, Crab apples and plenty of lovely mushrooms in the woods. A stroll on Saturday yielded Princes (Agaricus agustus) Hedgehogs (Hydnum repandum) and Amethysts (Laccaria amethystea) not to mention several different Boletes.
Saturday, Sept 20 th there is a canal bank at Clonony, if you are interested in joining please contact me or Carol Bergin ; email@example.com
Wild food walks August 5th, Tues 11am, Cloneen, Clareen, Offaly. Sept 13th, Sat 11am, Cloneen, Clareen, Sept 20th, Sat, Canal walk at Clonony, Cloghan, Offaly. Sept 27th, Sat 11am,Slieve Blooms, Oct 11th, Sat 11am, Slieve Blooms, Oct 18th, Sat 12 noon,Janestown Nature Reserve, Wexford. Oct 25th, Sat 11am, Cloneen, clareen, Offaly.
Nature is shaping up to reward any gatherer this year as there is an abundance of Damsons, Blackberries, Hazelnuts, Elderberries and who knows how many fungi, come along and join in, it’s a great time of year to get busy with hand made gifts, what could be better. Book through Mary on 087/7418536, all workshops dependant on numbers.