Win a great book for foragers and foodies and some of our seeds too

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender March 15, 2014 Posted No Tags Comment 24 Comments

Win this great cook book for foragers and 30 packets of randomly picked seeds from our shop. Competition ends 20/03/2014. Enter by commenting below, let us know what do you normally forage or what would you like to forage. Winner will be randomly picked and will be notified by email and announced here on the blog.

By Carolyn Caldicott
Photographs by Chris Caldicott
March 2014
Published by Frances Lincoln

In these days of environmental concern and financial constraints we are all looking for ways to put good,
local, seasonal food on the table. But sometimes it can seem daunting.
This is where Rosehips on a Kitchen Table comes to the rescue. You don’t need to be a great cook, a
master gardener or an expert forager to use this book. All that’s needed is a love of good food. Rosehips
on a Kitchen Table explores fascinating ways to make the most of unusual yet traditional produce,
gathering wild pickings, revelling in gluts or maybe even dabbling in the world of grow your own. The
book combines old-fashioned recipes and tips for cooking seasonal ingredients sourced from the
hedgerows, as well as local suppliers and farmers’ markets. The recipes combine unusual yet traditional
ingredients such as nettles, rosehips and elderberries, as well as plenty of ideas for dealing with seasonal
gluts and finding and cooking easily foraged food.
Rosehips on a Kitchen Table is illustrated with Chris Caldicott’s evocative photographs of people, places
and produce, conjuring up a nostalgic picture of the land, the changing seasons and times past.
Gnarled and knobbly, weird and wonderful – choose your fruit or veg, plunge in with an open mind and
a spirit of adventure – and get cooking!
For many years, Carolyn and Chris Caldicott owned the World Food Café in London’s Covent Garden,
where they cooked and served delicious vegetarian food from recipes collected on their travels. They are
the co-authors of World Food Café, The Spice Routes, World Food Café 2, World Food Café Quick & Easy,
and World Food Café Vegetarian Bible, all published by Frances Lincoln.

24 Responses to “Win a great book for foragers and foodies and some of our seeds too”

  • jacqeline Archibald:

    I forage sloes for sloe gin, then use the sloes to make boozy sloe jelly. Rosehips for syrup to put on my winter porridge and give me a daily hit of vit c. Mushrooms, generally field mushrooms as dont want to poison my family, although did find chanterelles once. Sweet chestnuts for roasting.
    Would love to learn more about mushrooms and herbs. New recipes to make the most of my finds would be an added bonus.

  • maaike:

    i forage for wild herbs like thyme and wild garlic, some flowers, but i’d love to learn more stuff you can forage

  • sharon g:

    I forage for apples, rosehip, elder flowers and berries, blackberries, raspberries and currants of different colours. I would like to know much more about other foods/herbs that can be foraged. I would like to be able to find more than the common fruits, things like herbs, other fruits and edible flowers. too scared now to try to forage for mushrooms! :-)

  • rachel:

    My son still lives at home and now his girl friend too.i need to know whats safe to eat.please help so I can save some money xx

  • Kathy Chernicky:

    I am retiring this fall and moving to a lovely wooded area in the middle of VA. I’ve never foraged but want to learn what to look for when I am finally able to start doing so. This book would be a big help for me in learning what is worthy of being foraged.

  • Lewis Richards:

    Yesterday I cleared some turf for a veg bed and found so delicious pig nuts.

  • Frances Sharland:

    Anything and everthing in season

  • Kim Purnell:

    I grow some of my own veg and would love to know more about this as the cost of food is always increasing. In the past I have foraged for blackberries but I live in quite and urban area. I would love to find more but am not sure where I should/ am allowed to go, what to look for and how to use the things I find.

    I am starting a ‘Grow Your Own’ project in a local college which will involve both students and a local charity. I would love to be able to include this in the lessons but I am worried about what is safe to eat and what is not, so this book would be really helpful (as would the seeds).

  • Lynn:

    My main forage targets are wild garlic and elderflowers/berries. I did find a patch of sloes a few years ago, that I haven’t managed to relocate. What I’d love to explore more is mushroom hunting. I see so many in the nearby woods and fields and it would be great to use them.

  • Galina V:

    Blackberries, rosehips, hawthorn berries. Young nettles. Planted some wild garlic in the garden this year.

  • Vohn McGuinness:

    Usually I’ve only foraged blackberries but last year I also collected lots of rosehips and made rosehip jam, rosehip syrup and rosehip vinegar! Yesterday I collected wild leek, garlic, nettles & cleavers.

  • Hope Wingrove:

    Elder flowers for refreshing tea and blackberries for yummy crumbles.

  • Katherine L:

    I’m new to foraging, having only foraged sloes and the occasional rosemary sprigs! It’s something I’d love to do more of, especially foraging things like mushrooms and more berries!

  • Simon Jones:

    I gather mushrooms but only ones that cannot be confused with any potentially dangerous varieties such as the Wood or Field Blewitt and the Shaggy Parasol. Have also picked rosehips to make rosehip syrup – took a lot of picking to get a useful quantity but worth it as it taste delicious as a syrup on sponges and as a tonic to ward off colds.

    Also watercress, blackberries and elderflowers to make elderflower champagne.

  • Alan O'Flynn:

    I’ve moved to rural Wales after 28 years in London! Last summer I foraged absolutely loads of blackberries but don’t know enough about what else can be foraged from wild woodland to safely go chomping. Although I have successfully made nettle & potato soup, have gained some herb cuttings and am now growing some of my own veg :-)

  • Jonathan:

    I forage for sloes, blackberries, Gage’s that have gone wild but woul love to know more so I can widen my search for free goodies.

  • Emma P:

    Truffles are the most exciting, wild garlic the easiest and blackberries have to be the messy-ist!

  • Jenny:

    I love looking for mushrooms wild garlic we have local damsons wild raspberries crab apples rosehip and elderflowers to make yummy champagne, blackberries rhubarb grows. I love wild mint and have a pot of samphire in the back I wish I could collect in near the coast.

  • rachel humphries:

    Always blackberries, and we get wild logan berries in the summer

  • Rosa:

    Hi. I am new to foraging. To date i’ve foraged i have made pear chutney and some nice liquors. I began a blog and booking engine to support my aim for a self sufficient sustainable life :)
    Cheers. Roz

  • Debbie B:

    Berries mainly, bilberries and blackberries are vey plentiful, We picked walnuts while walking the dog last year. I’d love to forage for mushrooms but I’m just too nervous.

  • Andrea U:

    I love preserving so forage for blackberries, rosehips and elderberries to make jam. Elderflowers make lovely cordial too

  • Maryom:

    I always pick elderflowers for ‘champagne’ and autumn berries but would love to learn more about wild herbs and leaves.

  • Ken Smith:

    We forage for apples, plums, wild garlic, mushrooms, blackberries (brambles to northern folk)

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