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The Brownies

Chocolate and Wild berry Brownies, Ingredients, 250grms butter, 250grms sugar,unrefined if possible,I use a mix of demerara and caster, 250grms self raising flour, 80grms cocoa powder, 4eggs, 1teaspoon vanilla extract, half teaspoon baking powder, 200grms of wild...

read more

The “no need to knead”bread

In response to many requests here is the recipe for "The bread" you will need  an hour and ten mins, an oven which heats to at least 220 degrees centigrade but 250 is ideal. This is a very sticky mix and you don't want to leave half of it on the tin, so bake on a...

read more

Heyday of the year

hello again, I've been quiet for a while only because I'm soooo busy, up at 7 to hunt out those late mushrooms and grab the last of the fat juicy Elderberries, then home to dry, juice, jam and pickle till the wee hours. There's not much use gathering stuff if you...

read more

Late Summer

A beautiful Late Summer morning here at the foot of Slieve Blooms, the sun is just about to appear from behind the mountain and it promises to be another great day for foraging. I've been home in my usual patch for just a week and while I missed the bulk of the...

read more

Getting ready for autumn fruits.

I have been asked to post recipe for Sloe Gin so here is my version, but I would like to say that it's well worthwhile making Damson Gin or vodka and when the fruit has given it's flavour to the maceration it can be used as a filling for Chocolate truffles or other...

read more

Diary dates Sept 2013

Sat Sept 7th, forage walk and talk in Clara bog , Co.Offaly, numbers limited, booking essential,details posted when confirmed. Sun Sept 8th, forage walk and talk in Galway, to confirmed. Sat Sept 14th, forage walk and talk at Tullamore.

read more

Sunshine and bumble bees,

The last few weeks of warmth and sun mean it's looking good for a healthy Bramble harvest, I'm delighted to have  noticed quite a few bumble bees on the brambles and it looks like plenty of berries have set and are beginning to swell, as i write this I am sipping a...

read more

Mushroom season

Yes they are about, the first few Chanterelles, Oysters and I expect field mushroom are showing and with this latest moisture in the air we should see lots more, Ceps etc. I eventually, eventually got to inoculate logs with the plug spore of Blue Oysters,(Pleurotus...

read more

July july july,

Isin't it just fab to have a REAL SUMMER!!! when  Mundy's song makes perfect sense and everyone is in a good mood and dressed in happy clothes. You might think it's a lazy time for a forager with most green leaves gone to flower and seed, I am  busy.  Most days I'm up...

read more

Diary dates, June July

There will be two walks this weekend, a workshop/walk at AnGairdin Portumna and a walk at Dunamase Laois. I will be joining herbal doctor Emmett Walsh on three dates for herbal and wildfood walks, I will also be in Kenmare and possibly at Clara bog (unconfirmed) Sat...

read more

June, Summer Flowers

June and it IS summer, lovely word, Summer I'll give it a capital letter, in fact as we waited so long lets have all capitals, SUMMER, yes that looks good to me (thank goodness this is not an English test ) Flower season and real summer sun to match, any countryside...

read more

Elderflower bounty

  At last, just as last years supplies of Elderflower jelly, delight and cordial run out the new crop is about to burst forth, get ready to make all those wonderful summer treats again, I need to tweak  ice-cream recipe a little but promise  to post this week....

read more

Rose Petal Butter biscuits,

It's June and wow it's actually summer. Today I picked my first batch of the heavenly scented Rosa Rugosa full of fragrance on this beautiful sunny day.Pick your petals somewhere clean and free from spray. As  write one half of petals are infusing, ready for making...

read more

Fudge, flavoured with Wild Water Mint

I've been musing over a wild flavour for fudge which is a great favourite in our house and exported all over the world to follow family members on their trips to far flung jungles and forests. On a recent hike in the Slieve Blooms my friend and I gathered a bag full...

read more

Video Clip

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHJOBJRpYi4&feature=youtu.be Thanks to Trin Mc Ardle and friends for this clip, great work guys, love the music

read more

Rustle in your hedgerow

If there's a rustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed... get out and investigate. Well May has been very busy so far, I've been away in Washington state among the stunning Cascade mountains and while there had the pleasure of accompanying a local mycologist and true...

read more

Diary Dates, May June,

Two day forage event in Dunraven Hotel Adare co Limerick, 21 and  22 May, andDunraven Hotel again 28 and 29th May,  Clonmel, 30 May,Thurs evening forage walk, June 8th, Abbey leix, forage walk as part of bogblitz day. June 29 and 30th, Portumna, to be confirmed....

read more

Garlic Mustard (Jack-by-hedge) dip

Handful of fresh leaves rinsed, Oil just enough to process I like Irish rapeseed but you can use olive. Sea salt. chopped nuts or seeds such as walnuts, cashews or sunflower seeds(optioal) First snip leaves with scissors to make the whole process easier.  put leaves...

read more

Diary dates, April, May 2013

Wed April 17th, forage at Fairymonut farm, this beautiful organic farm offers diverse habitats in one location, bogland, mature woodland, young woodland,woodmargins,and grassland as well as hedgerows. It has magnificent oak trees and a very impressive Crab apple not...

read more

Spring flowers

Almost St Patrick's day, I'm off to Terryglas to forage the hedgerows and then join the ceili in the street. Despite the artic winds blowing at the moment the spring flowers are braving it and there are lots of Gorse blossom about, how about a little blossom wine? no...

read more

Dandelion Wine

At last the spring flowers are beginning to appear and not only do they lift the spirits mightily but they can be used to make some very pretty and useful things from syrups, wines, jellies to the very delicate and pretty crystallized flowers to decorate desserts and...

read more

Diary dates Mar and Apr 2013

Sat Mar 16th, Terryglas Co Tipp. As part of the Terryglas  St. Patrick's festival I will be giving a talk followed by foraging walk from village, expected start time 11am, but check closer to date. Come along and join in meet new friends and swop ideas, stories  and...

read more

March dates

Two confirmed walk dates in March,Sat Mar 9th, Offaly and Sat 30th Co Clare, Seaweed forage. In April I will be back with the good folk in Farnham Estate, Cavan for their Wild Garlic Festival, Contact me on 087/7418536 or here for more info or enquiries for walks and...

read more

Dermot’s Secret Garden.

I went on a Wild Food Forage with Dermot O Neil in the Slieve Blooms, followed by a visit to his secret garden, have a look RTE 1 tonight Thurs Feb 28th @ 7pm. Dates for March/April 2013.  Sat March 9th.  Offaly forage walk,Contact me on 087/7418536, limited places,...

read more

Mushrooms, Mycelia, and more

  It may seem an odd time to be posting about mushrooms but there is a good reason for my writing at this time. I have been researching growing my own fungi and now seems a good time to get organised for the year ahead. Our first mushrooms, the highly prized...

read more

Springtime

So it's February, cold and wet, you might think there is not much for a keen forager to do at this time of year - not so! I have been to Connemara on a seaweed forage collecting Carrigeen, Dillisk, kelp, sea lettuce and wrack, all now drying in my polytunnel, I will...

read more

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The Brownies

Chocolate and Wild berry Brownies, Ingredients, 250grms butter, 250grms sugar,unrefined if possible,I use a mix of demerara and caster, 250grms self raising flour, 80grms cocoa powder, 4eggs, 1teaspoon vanilla extract, half teaspoon baking powder, 200grms of wild...

read more

The “no need to knead”bread

In response to many requests here is the recipe for "The bread" you will need  an hour and ten mins, an oven which heats to at least 220 degrees centigrade but 250 is ideal. This is a very sticky mix and you don't want to leave half of it on the tin, so bake on a...

read more

Heyday of the year

hello again, I've been quiet for a while only because I'm soooo busy, up at 7 to hunt out those late mushrooms and grab the last of the fat juicy Elderberries, then home to dry, juice, jam and pickle till the wee hours. There's not much use gathering stuff if you...

read more

Late Summer

A beautiful Late Summer morning here at the foot of Slieve Blooms, the sun is just about to appear from behind the mountain and it promises to be another great day for foraging. I've been home in my usual patch for just a week and while I missed the bulk of the...

read more

Getting ready for autumn fruits.

I have been asked to post recipe for Sloe Gin so here is my version, but I would like to say that it's well worthwhile making Damson Gin or vodka and when the fruit has given it's flavour to the maceration it can be used as a filling for Chocolate truffles or other...

read more

Diary dates Sept 2013

Sat Sept 7th, forage walk and talk in Clara bog , Co.Offaly, numbers limited, booking essential,details posted when confirmed. Sun Sept 8th, forage walk and talk in Galway, to confirmed. Sat Sept 14th, forage walk and talk at Tullamore.

read more

Sunshine and bumble bees,

The last few weeks of warmth and sun mean it's looking good for a healthy Bramble harvest, I'm delighted to have  noticed quite a few bumble bees on the brambles and it looks like plenty of berries have set and are beginning to swell, as i write this I am sipping a...

read more

Mushroom season

Yes they are about, the first few Chanterelles, Oysters and I expect field mushroom are showing and with this latest moisture in the air we should see lots more, Ceps etc. I eventually, eventually got to inoculate logs with the plug spore of Blue Oysters,(Pleurotus...

read more

July july july,

Isin't it just fab to have a REAL SUMMER!!! when  Mundy's song makes perfect sense and everyone is in a good mood and dressed in happy clothes. You might think it's a lazy time for a forager with most green leaves gone to flower and seed, I am  busy.  Most days I'm up...

read more

Diary dates, June July

There will be two walks this weekend, a workshop/walk at AnGairdin Portumna and a walk at Dunamase Laois. I will be joining herbal doctor Emmett Walsh on three dates for herbal and wildfood walks, I will also be in Kenmare and possibly at Clara bog (unconfirmed) Sat...

read more

June, Summer Flowers

June and it IS summer, lovely word, Summer I'll give it a capital letter, in fact as we waited so long lets have all capitals, SUMMER, yes that looks good to me (thank goodness this is not an English test ) Flower season and real summer sun to match, any countryside...

read more

Elderflower bounty

  At last, just as last years supplies of Elderflower jelly, delight and cordial run out the new crop is about to burst forth, get ready to make all those wonderful summer treats again, I need to tweak  ice-cream recipe a little but promise  to post this week....

read more

Rose Petal Butter biscuits,

It's June and wow it's actually summer. Today I picked my first batch of the heavenly scented Rosa Rugosa full of fragrance on this beautiful sunny day.Pick your petals somewhere clean and free from spray. As  write one half of petals are infusing, ready for making...

read more

Fudge, flavoured with Wild Water Mint

I've been musing over a wild flavour for fudge which is a great favourite in our house and exported all over the world to follow family members on their trips to far flung jungles and forests. On a recent hike in the Slieve Blooms my friend and I gathered a bag full...

read more

Video Clip

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHJOBJRpYi4&feature=youtu.be Thanks to Trin Mc Ardle and friends for this clip, great work guys, love the music

read more

Rustle in your hedgerow

If there's a rustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed... get out and investigate. Well May has been very busy so far, I've been away in Washington state among the stunning Cascade mountains and while there had the pleasure of accompanying a local mycologist and true...

read more

Diary Dates, May June,

Two day forage event in Dunraven Hotel Adare co Limerick, 21 and  22 May, andDunraven Hotel again 28 and 29th May,  Clonmel, 30 May,Thurs evening forage walk, June 8th, Abbey leix, forage walk as part of bogblitz day. June 29 and 30th, Portumna, to be confirmed....

read more

Garlic Mustard (Jack-by-hedge) dip

Handful of fresh leaves rinsed, Oil just enough to process I like Irish rapeseed but you can use olive. Sea salt. chopped nuts or seeds such as walnuts, cashews or sunflower seeds(optioal) First snip leaves with scissors to make the whole process easier.  put leaves...

read more

Diary dates, April, May 2013

Wed April 17th, forage at Fairymonut farm, this beautiful organic farm offers diverse habitats in one location, bogland, mature woodland, young woodland,woodmargins,and grassland as well as hedgerows. It has magnificent oak trees and a very impressive Crab apple not...

read more

Spring flowers

Almost St Patrick's day, I'm off to Terryglas to forage the hedgerows and then join the ceili in the street. Despite the artic winds blowing at the moment the spring flowers are braving it and there are lots of Gorse blossom about, how about a little blossom wine? no...

read more

Dandelion Wine

At last the spring flowers are beginning to appear and not only do they lift the spirits mightily but they can be used to make some very pretty and useful things from syrups, wines, jellies to the very delicate and pretty crystallized flowers to decorate desserts and...

read more

Diary dates Mar and Apr 2013

Sat Mar 16th, Terryglas Co Tipp. As part of the Terryglas  St. Patrick's festival I will be giving a talk followed by foraging walk from village, expected start time 11am, but check closer to date. Come along and join in meet new friends and swop ideas, stories  and...

read more

March dates

Two confirmed walk dates in March,Sat Mar 9th, Offaly and Sat 30th Co Clare, Seaweed forage. In April I will be back with the good folk in Farnham Estate, Cavan for their Wild Garlic Festival, Contact me on 087/7418536 or here for more info or enquiries for walks and...

read more

Dermot’s Secret Garden.

I went on a Wild Food Forage with Dermot O Neil in the Slieve Blooms, followed by a visit to his secret garden, have a look RTE 1 tonight Thurs Feb 28th @ 7pm. Dates for March/April 2013.  Sat March 9th.  Offaly forage walk,Contact me on 087/7418536, limited places,...

read more

Mushrooms, Mycelia, and more

  It may seem an odd time to be posting about mushrooms but there is a good reason for my writing at this time. I have been researching growing my own fungi and now seems a good time to get organised for the year ahead. Our first mushrooms, the highly prized...

read more

Springtime

So it's February, cold and wet, you might think there is not much for a keen forager to do at this time of year - not so! I have been to Connemara on a seaweed forage collecting Carrigeen, Dillisk, kelp, sea lettuce and wrack, all now drying in my polytunnel, I will...

read more

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