Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Nettle beer and broad beans (but not yet)

Oh dear, I'm not doing very well with my weekly wild food foraging. I have been noticing and nibbling things, but it seems I just don't have the time to blog about them!

One thing I have managed though, is to start a batch of nettle beer. My flat currently smells a bit yeasty! I'm bottling it tomorrow.

This picture is a bit old - it was made back in January for a group art project. The nettles are actually much better at this time of year!

Something else interesting to distract you from the fact that I haven't done my homework - yesterday I found wild (or feral) broad beans! They are definitely beans and not sweet peas or anything like that. I'll have to keep an eye on them to see what happens (and whether they get trampled).

Oh yeah - and I discovered a nearby National Cycle Network route that looks like it'll be great for hedgerow foraging later in the year... :)


  1. Mmmm yeast. There's a Bakery on the corner of The Mill and part of the company is in the unit next to it. Makes me hungry. I may have to actually cook something from the River Cottage Bread book.
    Do you have a basket on the front of your bike for foraging purposes ?

  2. I use a breadmaker and can wholly recommend it. Most people just don't have time to bake bread from scratch!

    I find baskets on the front handlebars make bikes really unstable... I have a giant one on the back though (which a friend recently described as a chicken cage!)... very useful!

  3. I'm a purist, no machines, plus the book is currently unused.
    Comment on this btw http://eeymsmo.livejournal.com/185596.html he needs guidance from a voice of experience (it's Stuart, you know him)