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Wild Edible Plants Walk

Saturday 3rd March. 

Wild Winter Edibles Walk, Pudsey, Leeds. 12pm - 4pm. 

A winter exploration of wild edibles.

This location is always one step ahead, wild garlic has been growing since the end of December 2017 and there are between 15 & 20 quality edibles awaiting discovery. On this course you'll learn how to safely identify, mindfully harvest, cook & preserve wild edible plants and herbs, including; foliage, shoots, roots & seeds. We'll collect a range of these edibles and incorporate them into a wild herb & smoked fish, dashi broth cook up at the end - vegan option available and the dashi stock will be made beforehand using my dried foraged seaweeds. Wild spiced cake & drink refreshments also included. 
To book email: edible.leeds@gmail.com or call Craig on 07899752447. 
Adults £30. Student/Unwaged £20. Under 16's £7.50. Under 8's free.
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Christmas is coming the goose is getting fat... I'm not having goose for Yule, among various things me and my guests will  be eating...
Potted Pheasant

500g Pheasant Meat - Breast & Upper Thigh  150g Streaky Bacon 1 Onion 4 Garlic Cloves 500ml Crab Apple Wine or Medium Cider 500ml Game Stock 50g Wild Duck Fat or Goose Fat 4 Sprigs of Thyme 5 Points of Star Anise 30 Peppeercorns 1/2 Tsp Ground Mace 1/2 Tsp Ground Cloves 4 Bay Leaves Sea Salt
Preheat oven to 120 degrees C. Finely chop the onion, grate the garlic and put into a pan with the wine, stock, sprigs of thyme & two bay leaves. Bring to boil and boil hard for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and leave to cool. Remove skin from pheasant and chop meat into very small pieces, do the same with the bacon and combine the two meats together in a bowl.  Using a pestle & mortar, grind the star anise & peppercorns. Add the ground mace, clove & 1/2 a tsp of sea salt, mix them together, add to the meats, add the duck fat …

Juniper - A Day In The Mountains, Months In The Making...

Foraging doesn't get much more hardcore than
climbing halfway up the side of a mountain in early winter in order to obtain your desired pickings and my recent trip to the Lake District saw me doing just that. My quarry, wild Juniper!

My first encounter with wild Juniper was back in 2010, on the very same mountainside I recently visited in the Lake District.
A low level mountain walk, coupled with introducing a friend to the delights of the Cumbrian Fells, resulted in the discovery of a small forest of Juniper trees, a pleasing encounter. I recall picking a small handful of those purple, black, aromatic berries, receiving many a spiked needle in my fingers while doing so, and eventually savouring their culinary attributes, mainly in the form of wild game dishes, hearty stews and the odd pickling experiment. Prior to that visit in 2010, my first encounter with Juniper was via a sketch in Monty Pythons' 'The Life of Brian', those of you who have seen the film will rememb…