Food Findings (+recipes)

Having a large and varying veg garden, as well as a variety of fruit and nut trees in and around the area, means we are lucky enough to be harvesting and foraging to add to what we eat. Add in French markets and our local produce artisans – butcher, baker, cheese maker – and our kitchen knows no bounds. Come and join in our food findings as we explore, harvest, forage, create, repurpose and simply enjoy cooking here in France (recipes included).

WIld Violets foraged for tea and syrup at PumpjackPiddlewick

I know Spring is on its way when the yellows and purples start to show up in the garden. Daffodils start show their sunny faces and purple wild violets peek up at me from the ground. Make Me Smile Flowers Violets are my favourite flower, which in a way isRead More →

What about Walnuts - Foraging and Recipes at PumpjackPiddlewick

One of the best things about living in France is… walnuts. Our village has walnut trees dotted all about, and in fact has been written up about it (even in a wine book of all places).  In autumn, when we take our dog for his walks we are always findingRead More →

Foraging - 8 reasons why you should try it from PumpjackPiddlewick

Foraging for food is one of my all time favourite things. I mean, who doesn’t like fresh food for free? But it is not just that. Foraging is fantastic on so many levels. 1. Going Seasonal I am all about seasonal foods. I think it is an incredible luxury toRead More →

how to reuse your morning coffee to rehydrate at PumpjackPiddlewick

Today I treated myself to making my luscious coffee scrub again. This time of year, dark, dank and muddy for us, just begged me to bolster myself and rehydrate my skin. My skin has been feeling so dry, what with the heating on and lots of wool clothing. So, needsRead More →