All posts tagged: wildfood

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 …

Wild about Garlic (that’s Wild Garlic)…Recipe Share…

If you go down to the woods today, and follow your nose along the river bank, you might notice the pungent smell of wild garlic wafting through the air.  You’ll see it in all it’s woodland growing green glory, carpeting the banks of the river Mole, deep in the woods…  It’s a fairy-tale food, and it’s free!  It’s coming in to season now and it’s so worth hunting down…  So if you’re out walking or feel like an adventure, keep your noses peeled and collect the green leaves (not the bulbs) for use as you would any seasonal herb or garlic!  The flowers are edible too, but as with any herb, it’s most pungent, tender and tasty just before it flowers.  Not only that it’s quite literally a superhero amongst foods. My lovely Twitter folk friends have shared their favourite wild garlic recipes with me, so here they are for you, and of course if you have any recipes to share, please link them in the comments below… My own adventures with wild garlic and …