Yesterday OH and I did a foraging day called Wild Kitchen. It was at Gartur Stitch Farm which isn't too far from Stirling. It involved a woodland walk led by a lovely lady called Kat with opportunities to identify and gather edible greens. I surprised myself by knowing more than I thought! The best discovery for me was pignuts (top left in collage.) They look like carrot tops but when you dig down you find a wee 'nut' that tastes a bit like a hazelnut.
Back at the farm we had the chance to make a few things from our finds. I made a dandelion leaves and wild garlic tops soda bread. It was delicious! We also made a spruce tips simple syrup and some pressed wildflower cookies. Kat had made some sweet ciceley ice cream that was served with roasted rhubarb. Everything was yum!!!
As it's a smallholding type of farm they have lots of animals and we got the chance to meet some of them including 3 week old kittens 😍
Here's Zeus (or maybe this one is Thor 😆 ), one of the baby goats!
Petunia the friendly Jersey cow loved licking OH's legs! 😂
This is Kevin, Kat's hubby, introducing us to BoyBoy the kunekune pig, assorted goats, geese, chickens, Soay sheep and a random peacock. 🐖🐄🐓🐐🐑
Despite having just had a hot weather week here, it rained all yesterday. I had a decent rain jacket on but I forgot to take a jumper with me so I was really cold for most of the day. When I got home I switched my heating back on, lit the woodburner and had a very long hot shower! Emma had spent the day with The Teenogre and was more than happy to lie in her favourite spot.
I thoroughly enjoyed the day (OH liked some of it!!) I loved finding out about more free foods I can forage and how I can use them. I discovered that I'm glad I didn't get to have goats and pigs in my old house now. I'm perfectly happy with my dog and chickens although I think I might be able to squeeze in a wee kitten 😸