Wild garlic

20 Apr 2017 13:26:04

Wild Garlic is my favourite forage at this time of year.

As it has been so warm, in many places the white flowers are well and truely out.

Here's my video of how to identify it and then what to do with it.

You'll find wild garlic in shady spots or on north facing banks - and it's leaves make a delicious pesto, soup, addition to a salad or just a healthy scattering over a goats cheese flan!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvrKvmEsZE0

Please excuse the slight wobbleness of the video at the begining - and my lovely dog Molly makes a brief appearance!

Hope you enjoy it.

garlic pesto  The vibrant green pesto

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Christmas Crafts

24 Nov 2016 09:14:36

Here's a little video of how easy (& cheap) it is to make homemade Christmas decs!

Just click on this link: YouTube

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Rowans 2016

30 Sep 2016 11:23:17

The sunny summer of 2016 has been a ‘berry making machine’!

The Rowan berries on Exmoor have never looked so good; the wild roses are groaning with hips and the hedgerows are full of Hawthorn’s shiny red gems. 

Here’s how to make Rowan Berry Jelly –the joy of this jelly is that the longer you leave it the better it tastes and it lasts for ages due to it’s very high Sorbic Acid.

rowan basket

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Christmas Crafts

8 Dec 2015 16:37:50

The old ones are the best! Good old Potato printing - see 'read more' for my fun little video!

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

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Christmas cake

1 Dec 2015 12:36:14

Fool proof delicious Christmas cake recipe!

treacle

I say 'fool proof' beacuse over the years I have refined this recipe - beacuse the first time I made it, I completly messed up & had to throw away the result, so now it works!

This year my 14 year old daughter made it in record time, and we all stirred in a wish.

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Rosehips

2 Nov 2015 12:38:48

This is my FAVOURITE winter tonic - (well actually that's a close call with Elderberry) - but this has a wonderful delicate taste and can just be drunk like a cordial with sparkling water .

See Read more for how to make it and my video.

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Lavender Oil

29 Sep 2015 15:37:40

 

            lavender

Here's how to capture the essence of long hot summer days - with your own lavender oil.

Sof showed Kirstie Allsopp how to do this on stage at her Handmade Fair - it's super easy!

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Hawthorn

22 Sep 2015 11:52:51

Autumn Hawthorns in abundance - see what you can do with them.

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Kirsties fair

22 Sep 2015 11:48:11

Kirsties Handmade Fair. London. September 2015

handmade fair  

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Stencil Clothes

11 Sep 2015 12:49:23

Fed up of shopping? I know there are many things I'd rather do.

So here's one way to freshen up your clothes for autumn!

 

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Wild garlic video

22 May 2015 19:47:43

You may just still be able to find Wild Garlic depending on where you are in the UK.

This was filmed on Exmoor in Devon 10 days ago and there was heaps.

I'll show you what it looks like & what to do with it!

Hope you enjoy it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvrKvmEsZE0

wild garlic

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Spring Foraging and Making Day

24 Apr 2015 15:41:44

On a sunny April day in the Easter holidays I held a foraging & making day for a group of girls; – so amidst lots of chat, we collected and made:

Crystallised Primroses – then used them on top of prettily iced cakes

Nettle soup – which we ate for lunch (yes, I was surprised that all ate it!)

Wild Garlic Pesto – to take home for supper.

See more for lots of pictures & how we did it.

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Roses

23 Apr 2015 11:17:12

Roses on Exmoor.

Now it is the height of 'Rose Season' - here's my thoughts on what roses have worked well for me. 

Read more to see what roses can work best for you.

Roses

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TV!

9 Feb 2015 19:22:16

 

For anyone who missed my fleeting appearance on Kirsties Chriatmas TV craft show - here is a link to it. 

It's only a few minutes long - happy watching! - (click on readmore)

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Geometric Soap

4 Feb 2015 12:49:01

See how easy it is to make these stunning soaps 

Geometric SoapGeometric Soap

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Glitter Bathbombs

10 Nov 2014 15:49:46

This shows how easy it is to make bathbombs!

                         bath bombs

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Recent Workshops

15 Oct 2014 15:30:16

Here are some pics of recent workshops.

workshop

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Marrow or Courgette Chutney

17 Aug 2014 10:34:46

This is perfect to use up the glut of overgrown courgettes at this time of year.

marrow

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Wild Garlic

28 Apr 2014 13:08:59

Wild Garlic

 This year has been amazing for all Spring plants as it has been so mild, the total opposite from the freezing Spring of 2013.

Here's how to make a delicious Wild Garlic Pesto.

wild garlic


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Sugar-Free banana bread

31 Mar 2014 13:46:53

The yummiest Sugar free Lent treat!

banana bread sugar free

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Willow weaving

25 Feb 2014 20:23:11

willow

On a rainy February half term day I asked Richard from Wind Rush Willows  in Exeter to teach us how to make a living willow arbor.

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Liberty

18 Dec 2013 11:18:31

We are thrilled to be mentioned in Channel 4's programe on Liberty of London.

Here's a mini clip, featuring lovely sales girl Faith.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/662899/THMC%20at%20Liberty.mov

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Christmas Craft

17 Dec 2013 20:13:46

seeds

Here are a few ideas to get crafty this week

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Stir Up Sunday

21 Nov 2013 13:57:26

Stir-up-Sunday is the last Sunday before Advent, and it is THIS Sunday - which rather focuses the mind - oh crikey!

It's traditional to do a spot of Christmas baking. 

So here's a shopping list for your Christmas cake.

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Fun lipbalm making

15 Oct 2013 19:16:26

Check out how easy it is to make our lipbalm!

                  

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Elderberries

10 Oct 2013 08:55:00

As the Autumn chill sets in - now's the time to stock up on Winter tonics.

berries

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blackberry vodka

30 Sep 2013 18:29:31

If the blackberries are a little past their best - try this.Yum yum!

bb vodka  looks like a snow globe!

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Rowan Berries

7 Sep 2013 09:59:31

What to do with 3 teenagers on a dull grey day? (admittedly one of the few ones of the summer) – go foraging and make Rowan Berry Jelly of course!

rowan tree

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Spring Nettles

7 Jun 2013 14:29:39

Spring nettles makes a great tonic as they boost vitamin and mineral levels. The young leaves are packed with minerals like iron, calcium & potassium and are full of Vitamin C, A & B. 

The high iron levels make it great for anaemia and the vitamin C makes it easy for us to absorb it.

Hurry now to make it - before the leaves get too old & tough.

nettle soup

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Wild Garlic

8 May 2013 14:53:35

Later than usual this year, still just in time to pick now.

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title help please?

27 Feb 2013 19:27:19

petals

Busy week...

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pancakes

12 Feb 2013 08:29:43

This recipe is tried and tested and made by my daughter every year to perfection.

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Christmas Cake

3 Dec 2012 14:40:58

treacle

Making the perfect Christmas cake - the second time around.....

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Rowan Berry Jelly

31 Aug 2012 10:35:20

rowans

Rowan berries are in abundance this year - so get picking and making!

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Passion Fruit Jelly

2 Jul 2012 18:08:19

Super easy and super pretty Passion Fruit Jelly for parties!

passionfruit jelly

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Nettle Soup

24 Apr 2012 18:14:19

Here is the easiest soup recipe if you missed it before - NOW is the time to get the fresh young shoots of nettles before they get tough and stringy. Although they are rather like a fashionable 'Pick and come again' salad  - so new shoots keep on popping up if you cut them back!

And look out for wild garlic just popping up in shadey places - the young leaves make a great garnish for your soup.

 

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Leap Year

28 Feb 2012 17:39:27

LEAP YEAR.

An extra day - that sounds pretty good to me - so why not use it to try something NEW all for yourself?

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Colds and Flu

23 Jan 2012 21:54:03

A few ideas for fighting colds and flu.

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Making Presents

19 Dec 2011 22:08:54

There is something very satisfying about making things – the process of creation from the first gem of an idea to seeing it through to all its completed glory. Well, that’s the idea – though I often find there is a fair measure of frustration along the way.

presents

Read more for easy last minute presents to make...

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Delivery

10 Dec 2011 19:04:34

Delivery help!

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Lavender

26 Jul 2011 19:38:28

Using Lavender

lavender

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Comments!

26 Jul 2011 19:24:25

Afraid not much of a blog - really just an update. Due to madly high levels of spamming I inadvertantly deleated all your lovely comments as well as the spam ones - sorry!

But the good news is it is easier to comment on any blogs you like without having to log in - but just to prove you are human you will need to fill in the 'captcha' code.

That's it for now!

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Elder Flower Syrup

6 Jun 2011 09:50:51

elderflower

My still life!

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Bird Wars

26 May 2011 17:41:02

Nest building and bird wars...

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Nettles

14 May 2011 16:27:59

Spring Nettle Goodness - and a nettle soup to make.

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Wedding Baking

28 Apr 2011 16:15:51

Receipes for Chocolate Broken Biscuit cake - a Royal favourite I'm told - as well as a basic sponge cake recipe.

choc bisc cake      flag cake!

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Mothers Day

30 Mar 2011 13:29:26

Super Easy Bath Salts for you to make

bath salts

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Fairs

25 Mar 2011 13:29:05

Fair Mania

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Packaging

16 Mar 2011 18:18:38

want to know about packaging...?!

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Pancakes

6 Mar 2011 18:40:07

The easiest recipe for pancakes made by my 9 year old daughter!

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Calendula aka marigold

1 Mar 2011 14:44:36

How to soothe Winter skin

hand balm in use!

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ZINC and colds

16 Feb 2011 15:27:50

zinc helps colds

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2011 and the WI

17 Jan 2011 10:16:16

Giving a talk to the WI.

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Boxes!

16 Dec 2010 18:06:32

Packing up for Christmas!

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Fairs

18 Nov 2010 17:18:58

Come and see us at these London Fairs and buy other great Christmas goodies you won't find on the High Street!

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Pumpkin

31 Oct 2010 10:51:45

Pumpkin carving & seeds

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Beetroot and Apple Chutney

18 Oct 2010 12:13:21

Making beetroot & apple chutney

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Elderberries

11 Oct 2010 13:46:14

Picking elderberries and making elderberry syrup.

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Rowan Jelly

24 Sep 2010 17:58:25

Making Rowan Jelly

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mint oil

24 Sep 2010 10:36:34

Making mint oil

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Kirstie Allsopp

22 Sep 2010 15:55:57

Kirstie Allsopp helps out!

kirstie

click on read more for pictures.

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Blackberry and Apple Jam

24 Aug 2010 11:22:27

Blackberry and Apple jam recipe

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