Foraging in Glasgow’s West End!

Sunday saw a trip to the Wildside or more precisely to Kelvinside as an intrepid band followed Mark Williams along the banks of the Kelvin on a foraging trip with a difference. Mark lives in Gatehouse of Fleet, that forgotten corner of SW Scotland where the vastness of the Solway Firth dominates the southern border and to the north are the remote hills and forests of Galloway. Mark is a forager with a difference, working under the name Galloway Wild Food, he doesn’t so much forage to sell to chefs and delis, as is usually the case, but instead he spends much of his time teaching people how to forage and to recognise the hidden treasures that are literally on our doorstep! Mark had been encouraged to head north to “the Big City” by Chris and Paul Charlambous owners of the Cail Bruich restaurant in Glasgow’s West End to take part in a combined foraging walk and a meal featuring many foraged ingredients. The walk was a revelation, did you know that the roots of one of our common hedge row plants tastes just like cloves?! I didn’t and as you can see below clove root (Geum urbanum, Wood Avens, Herb Bennet) was only one of the many plants that we discovered here in the heart of Glasgow!

Mark’s “Nature Table” of Foraged GoodiesMark's Foragers Nature TableMark extolling the benefits of hog weed!KG130728001aWeb1 Pineapple weed growing in abundance along the banks of the River Kelvin.KG130728008aWeb1And you do what with it?!KG130728010aWeb1Paul discusses the merits of pineapple weed with Mark but looking at the picture now I am reminded more than anything else of the Bob Newhart sketch “Introducing tobacco to civilisation

“Welcome back” – Elderflower champagne and proseccoKG130728014aWeb1

And now for part 2!

The Menu!KG130728013aWeb1“A drizzle of elderberry vinegar”KG130728021aWeb1Elderberry vinegar, sweet yet sour and sticky is an absolute revelation and a must have! The elderberries will soon be ripe so don’t miss out and follow the simple recipe now!

Sushi filled with foraged goodiesKG130728023aWeb1Congratulations and thanks to Mark, Chris and Paul for a really enjoyable day.

To learn more about Galloway Wild Food please follow the link

To learn more about Cail Bruich restaurant please follow the link

To see more photos and learn about Greenshoots Photography please follow the link

Good food – it’s all about sharing. ENJOY!

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Glasgow Street Feastival at the Barras.

While Glasgow’s famous (infamous?) Barras market was rapidly winding down by 4pm on Sunday afternoon, leaving the area looking more like a hot, dusty abandoned Western film set, things were just beginning to come to life in the Barras Art and Design Center where the second day of the first Glasgow Street Feastival had just started. Half an hour later (the clock on the wall is still on GMT!) the place was really filling up.

First  Glasgow Street Feastival at the Barras.

A wide variety of food and drink stalls were present including Williams Brothers Brewery (previously featured in this blog), the Hanoi Bike shop complete with rickshaw were serving a variety of delicious treats including prawns in rice paper rolls for just £3! Hanoi Bike Shop pop-up restaurant at the Glasgow Street Feastival Hanoi Bike Shop pop-up restaurant at the Glasgow Street FeastivalLondon based Kimchi Cult with their Korean style take on fast food were also there, for an in-depth review go over to James Lees’ blog James vs Burger!  Kimchi Cult Korean style fast food at the Glasgow Street FeastivalOthers present included: The Ubiquious Chip Wine Club, The Babu Bombay Street Kitchen, the Caribbean Fire in Babylon Roots Kitchen as well as those well-known Glasgow restaurants the Stravaigin and the Finnieston.

Even Yelp were there hosted by fellow blogger Briony from the Glasgow Food Blog

Wheel O'Yelp at the Glasgow Sreet FeastivalCongratulations to all involved and especially to Kiltr who hosted the event and I am looking forward to another one soon?

 Sharing at Glasgow Sreet FeastivalGood food – it’s all about sharing. ENJOY!

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