Monday, 27 May 2013

A Free(ish) Lunch

Ello me Mateys...
I haven't blogged in a while I know. I am not sure I am the sort of blogger that can do regular posts and stuff, keep to a schedule and all that...I wish I was, I would love to have a career blog...but alas poor reader you will have to make do with my intermittent and sporadic blogging regime!

Today I wanted to share with you my love of  'free food'...the kind you can find in the wild. I am a massive fan of foraging. This love of foraging went into OVERDRIVE when I watched a fabulous series on TV, hosted by a woman that I want to be actual friends with in this world - Alys Fowler. Teamed with my deep love of Ray Mears, these two are my foraging hero-gods and make me want to live in a hammock and grow carrots in the tree-tops.

So here, I offer my own recipe, in which the star ingredient is foraged for free.

Noodles with Wild Garlic and Wild Leeks - serves 1
Sharwoods fine egg noodles (2 layers per person)
handful Three-Cornered Leeks
handful Wild Garlic
1tsp Sesame Oil
1tsp Dark Soy Sauce

note :: wild garlic flower heads and stalks used. Wild leeks stalks, flowers and leaves used.

1 - bring home your awesome smelling free foods and wash them, chop them into smaller pieces.
2 - boil up the noodles as instructed (they take about 5 minutes), half way through, throw in the garlic and leeks.
3 - take off the heat once the noodles are cooked and drain, add 1tsp sesame oil and mix in evenly (I find tongs or chopsticks are easier for this - lifting the noodles to distribute the oil).
4 - plate up, drizzle the dark soy sauce over to taste (I use 1tsp as it is very strong but you can add more to taste).
5 - sprinkle with salt and pepper if you like.
6 - enjoy!

This is quite literally one of my favourite meals of ALL TIME. I eat this simple dish with broccoli when the free foods aren't in season. I have this at least once a week :)

Maybe when you are out you will also find some lovely lilac flowers, bring them home and put them around your house. Not only do they look so pretty but they will fill your home with beautiful perfume.

Do you ever eat wild food? I'd love to hear about it...
Love, me x

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