New Year’s Day of Buttered Bread: Egg-Free or Yeast-Free Mini Salty Crescent

“Each age has deemed the new-born year The fittest time for festal cheer.”  Walter Scott New Year’s is the oldest holiday still being celebrated. The Babylonians celebrated the new year as early as 4000 B.C. and today different countries are homes to some of the most unusual traditions and superstitions when it comes to ringing […]

From the Autumn Forest Floor: Chestnut Biscuits

“O chestnut-tree, great-rooted blossomer, Are you the leaf, the blossom or the bole?” William Butler Yeats The aroma of roasting chestnuts is an iconic symbol of the late autumn and the early winter season. For some families, certain celebrations, like Christmas dinner, are never complete without chestnuts roasting in the oven, served as the very […]

Memory of Field Corn Harvest : A Tasty Golden Cornmeal Loaf

“I’m every woman. It takes a village to make me who I am.” Katy Perry I still remember corn harvest. Among rows and rows of tall, skinny golden brown plants offering their best produce of curvy, sunset-yellow corn ears, the explorer picker had led the way and the collecting tractor followed. It was not corn the […]

Sausage and Cheese Speckled Einkorn Loaf

“And it shall come to pass, after that I have plucked them out I will return, and have compassion on them, and will bring them again, every man to his heritage, and every man to his land.” Bible Einkorn wheat, meaning “single grain” in German refers either to the wild species of wheat, Triticum boeoticum, and to its […]

Real Autumn Treat: Apple, Cinnamon and Berry Preserve Mini Pie

“We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.” David Mamet, Boston Marriage   With the arrival of the often dramatically crisp, sunny and rainy autumn days, the best treatment for the psyche and body is to reflect the fall months via the new, earthy, deep seasonal flavours in one’s […]

Simply BREAD! Whole Wheat Loaf Filled With Foraged Mushroom Puree and Wild Herb Pesto

There would be so many adjectives required to describe the attributes  of this bread – its appearance, its smell, its taste and aftertaste, its memory, its hosting skills… – that it is highly advised to avoid even trying, so this bread should simply be called, the BREAD. To determine what is the best bread is […]

Recipe Demonstration Live on Stage at Cake&Bake Show in London

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” Robert Frost Getting ready for demonstrating my Forager’s Wild Cherry and Blackberry Mini Madeira Tarts live on stage…   “If you’re not gonna go all the way, why go at all?”  Joe Namath Being interviewed by Peter Sidwell…whilst he is eating my wild cherries…   “The more that you […]

An Autumnful of Chestnuts: Cake&Bake Show Exhibition Piece, Chestnut Three Ways, In Honour of Foraging

“The ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give.” Howard Cosell   Chestnut Sponge Piecaken 120g sugar 4 eggs 200g sour cream cinnamon 125g) chestnut flour 1 1/2 tsps baking powder […]

Foraged Wild Mushroom Powder and Paprika Mini Flaky Pastry Scones

“Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art  a mushroom.” Thomas Carlyle Mushrooms contain some of the most potent natural medicines on the planet. One study has found that substituting red meat with white button mushrooms can help enhance weight loss. A dietary analysis summarized that mushroom consumption was associated with better diet quality and improved nutrition. Consuming dried white button […]

Fun with Wholewheat: Cheesy Tear and Share Bubble Bread

“Without wishing in the slightest degree to disparage the skill and labour of breadmakers by trade, truth compels us to assert our conviction of the superior wholesomeness of bread made in our own homes.” Eliza Acton, ‘Modern Cookery for Private Families’ (1845) There are some facts about bread making that have been long established as […]