Hello my lovelies, happy 1st of May, La Bealtaine sona daoibh!
With the bank holiday weekend and brighter, longer days, I got to spend some time where I feel the happiest – in the midst of Irish nature. Naturally, the idea of foraging all that the wilderness has to offer is very magical to me. I’m very happy that this age-old concept is something that is becoming trendy again. There are some wonderful people online who are leading the way and showing us how to do it right and safely!
Recently, during the Galway Food Festival, I was able to attend two lovely forage walks which were available for free! The first one was a seaweed walk with chef JP McMahon and the second was a forest & field walk with Mary Bulfin. Both were so enriching and opened my eyes to just how many things out there are edible! During Mary’s guided tour I also discovered a beautiful part of Barna Woods that had been previously unfamiliar to me!
As it’s wild garlic season, I ventured into the forest yesterday to collect a plentiful bunch. I already put it on my eggs, toast and pasta and I’m using the rest to make a pesto. To collect the garlic leaves, I used my lovely cotton bag I purchased at the Food Festival stalls from Wild Irish Foragers & Preserves.
Obviously, I wore my Aran jumper, a tulle skirt and a flowery headpiece, cause that’s what you do when you’re an incarnated fairy! Hehe. Kenny came along with me and very kindly took some photos and watched me frolic happily amongst the flowers.
If you’d like to learn a little more about foraging, check out Irish Seaweed Kitchen & Wild Food Mary. I’ll be sharing more of my foraging adventures as I discover more too! If you’re a forager yourself, please leave a comment below so I can borrow your wisdom!