By guest blogger CLAIRE HITCHEN
The group grew slowly from a trio sheltering from the rain under a tree, then mushrooming (!) into a dozen souls or so. We started off in heavy rain but luckily after half an hour the sun came out. Jesper knew the likely mushroom territory and also knows his fungi. He is a herbalist by profession and for three hours taught us about plants and fungi, toxic and non-toxic.
We ended the mushroom-gathering session by also picking wild leeks and some hawthorn berries, and the latter were stewed down with sugar and cider vinegar to make a relish. The wild leek and mushrooms were cooked in butter (the Calor gas, cooking trivet, pans and utensils materialised from Jesper's car along with some bread) and the results were delicious!
There are more photographs from our forage on the Cracking Good Food Facebook page.
Jesper is leading an early winter wild food forage on Saturday 30 November in Didsbury's Fletcher Moss park. Details and booking information are available on the Cracking Good Food website: click here to be redirected.