All posts tagged: free food

Wild Chestnut & Thyme Risotto

By next week they’ll be gone.  But while you can, there’s a bounty of smooth, nutty, sweet Autumn Chestnuts ready in abundance and littering the floor of the woods…  Don’t mistake them for conkers (or worse vice versa)… You’ll know a sweet Chestnut by it’s green shell of fine spines, which is almost impossible to penetrate without impaling a finger.  Inside you’ll find 3 cosy chestnuts, slightly tear-dropped in shape (compared to their more spherical conker cousins).  You’ll have to be creative getting in to them…. my preferred method is a sort of stamp squeeze with a foot, so that the chestnut pops free and my fingers are saved…  It’s worth it though.  Take a bag, collect plenty, top and tail them and roast them in the oven for 30 minutes and enjoy warm.  Or, add them to this delicious autumnal risotto…   Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp butter 1 large onion 2 cloves garlic 1 cup arborio rice 1 glass dry white wine 2 large chestnut mushrooms Roughly 24 Whole Sweet Chestnuts …

Blackberry Breakfast Muffins & Recipe Share

In full fruit, in a hedgerow near you, the brambles are groaning under the weight of sweet, juicy blackberries.  And what’s more, they are free!  Free food.  It’s blackberry season and to celebrate I’d love for as many of you as possible to share your favourite blackberry recipes.  Please leave a link in the comments, it can be your own, or just a favourite… And in the mean time, here’s my own Blackberry Breakfast Muffin recipe… Ingredients (makes 9 large muffins or 12 Cupcake sized muffins): 200g  blackberries 100g oats 100g wholemeal spelt flour   100g golden caster sugar 100g butter 1 egg 1tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda 50g chopped pecans 1 tsp vanilla extract 90mls almond milk Method: 1) Pre-heat the oven to 180C.  Line a muffin tin with muffin cases. 2) Mix the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl 3) Gently melt the butter, allow to cool slightly and mix with the egg, milk & vanilla 4) Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir through …