Monday, 26 May 2014

A Wayside Feast

Everywhere we go at the moment there are good things to eat, and the promise of good things to come.

The hedgerows are bursting with the ingredients for summer salad - this one had the very last of the Primrose flowers and those are Jelly Ear mushrooms next to it, collected from a dead Elder branch.

Underneath the Primrose flowers are Jack-by-the-Hedge, Navelwort (also known as Wall Pennywort or Penny Pies),

Pink purslane, the leaves and the flowers,

And Wild Sorrel.

I used to consider green salad merely a vehicle for vinaigrette dressing, but salads like this one need nothing other than their own deliciousness to accompany them.  Having said that - we also had steamed wild hops

Not very many because the shoots were mostly high up in the hedge, out of reach,

and fritters with the last of the Dandelion flowers.  I have never managed to take a photo of the finished product because they're to delicious to do anything but eat straight away.  Here they are half made.

Then to finish... homegrown rhubarb crumble, sweetened with Sweet Cicely,

It's a feasting time for everyone,

Although some are clearly luckier than others.

And soon there will be Wild Strawberries.  Hurray!


  1. Your blog is beautiful and enchanting, Suzi!

    1. Thank you so much Terri, I'm very glad you like it. :) xx

  2. What a lovely walk and such great pics.thanks to Terri Windling for posting this!

  3. What a lovely walk and such great pics.thanks to Terri Windling for posting this!

  4. Love these! some we have here, often with different names, some went nameless last trip to the isles over there, now learning. Thanks! xo

  5. I love it that there are so many names - even when we are speaking the same language. Some of the names you have over there are probably old local names from over here. One local name in particular will have become the 'official version' but the others still persist.

  6. It all looks so delicious and the primrose salad very pretty too! Gorgeous photos Suzi. :)
    Jess x