WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?
This course is designed for people who want an authentic experience of foraging and cooking with wild foods and for those who would like to deepen their connection with nature by gathering and cooking with foods from the land. The course will set you up with a basic framework for bringing foraging into your life on a daily basis. We will look at the health benefits, both mental and physical, of eating wild foods and spending time in nature. The cooking will take place in your home or holiday home.
We will forage for ingredients in as many habitats as we can cover: seashore, farmland, hedgerow and woodland, focussing on the most abundant wild ingredients in season. We will also take the time to really feel our way into a more relaxed way of being, by connecting to nature and ourselves.
This will be followed by a cooking workshop and lunch to be cooked and eaten in your home or holiday let.
In the afternoon we will be making condiments, preserves or pickles for you to take home. This may include some seaweed based seasonings, some pickled wild vegetables and perhaps some pesto and / or salsa verde, depending on the season.
Throughout the course you will be taught how to forage safely and legally. All the pitfalls you may encounter will be discussed and some of the deadly poisonous lookalike plants will be covered.
The course is run with an emphasis on bringing wild food into your daily diet, in realistic ways, for improving your nutrition, your immune system and to give you a great sense of well being and an improvement in your mental health.
The course will also include some wildlife commentary, historical anecdotes and cheffy tips for including the wild ingredients in your dishes at home.
The foraging walks can be physically challenging as we often go to the coast and walk some of the coast path. If you have any concerns about your physical health and ability to cope with the walks please check with us prior to booking. We can tailor private days to suit the physical ability of our clients.
EXAMPLES OF DISHES YOU MAY LEARN TO COOK ON A FORAGE, COOK & FEAST COURSE:
- Seaweed poached mackerel with a wild salsa verde
- Hogweed shoots and Alexanders with poached egg & hollandaise
- Rabbit loin with three cornered leek gnocchi
- Laver seaweed cakes with a mussel, wild garlic and cider sauce
- Cornish dashi broth with nettles & wild garlic
- Nettle & ricotta tortellini, brown butter & hazelnuts
- Chinese seaweed salad
- Crispy seaweed
- Seashore risotto with shellfish, rock samphire & wild fennel
- Turkish borek (filo pastries) with wild greens
- Wood pigeon salad
- Carragheen seaweed pannacotta
- Soda bread with wild herbs & seaweeds
- Japanese knotweed compote & sorbet
- Sea buckthorn berry cake
- Elderflower fritters
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE COURSE?
Foraging and cookery tuition, lunch and refreshments, condiments, preserves or pickles to take home, an email recipe pack.
WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING?
A bottle of water, waterproof clothing, walking shoes/boots or wellies, pen & notebook, camera.
DO YOU CATER FOR DIETARY REQUIREMENTS?
Yes, with advance notice we can cater for all diets and the day can be tailored to your food choices and personal interests.
To be arranged
10am – 4.00pm
£300 + ingredients costs for up to 4 people. £75 + ingredients costs for each additional person up to 8.
The basic cost is to be paid in advance with ingredients costs an additional cost once the menu is decided. The costs will vary depending if you are vegetarian or choose to cook with fish, seafood and game.
To be arranged. I will need to meet with you in your holiday home to assess the cooking facilities prior to the day so we can decide which menu might be most suitable.
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PEOPLE FOR EACH BOOKING: