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).

What to do with a marrow at PumpjackPiddlewick

Every one has been on the receiving end of this, I am sure. You have a friend (and/or you do it yourself) who has a vegetable garden. At some point nearing autumn they say ‘I have a marrow. Would you like it?’ (read: can you do anything with it, becauseRead More →

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 →