I am given to whims. I am a whimmy thing. When I embark on some new fancy I do so with great enthusiasm. With gusto even. My fad becomes all-consuming. I study it. Read up on it. Live it. Breath it. Proselytize. One could even describe me as being a tad enthusiastic about it. Possibly.
So you can imagine the shudder that went through my husband when I announced my latest passion. To the Captain, foraging conjured up visions of insipid slimy greens that smelled of compost and tasted worse. But he was in something of a bind. You see he owes me. For some years now I have been dragged along in his wake, as he has cruised the Inland Waterways of England and Wales in a variety of narrowboats. I have written before on his blog of my status as reluctant boater. It was never my idea of a good time to spend my holidays trudging through dirty ditch water in a tube of rusty steel but this is what I have done for the past many years. Just don’t tell him that I quite like it now.
As well as this, he owed me because I am a convalescent. Having done my best to rearrange my face without anaesthetic in last November’s snow I have been slowly, oh so slowly, recovering. And somewhere there is a rule that you have to be nice to the invalid and crippled. Not entirely sure why or who decreed this but I am not above taking advantage of such rulings. Ha!
I am actually hoping that this foraging business is going to be more of a life event than a passing fancy. I have long enjoyed the idea that there was plenty of wild food available if one knew how to identify it. My interest was rekindled by the need to be creative. I had time to fill and a thank you to make so I set about assembling a hamper of home-made goodies. One day I may go through all the things I put in it, but for now, it is enough to say that in scrabbling around for inspiration I started rummage through the internet for cheap/free edible ideas for gifts.
Before I knew it, the whole snowball effect of my whimmy ways had got me in its grip. Combining narrowboating with foraging and then blogging the results strikes me as a marvellous way to pass my time. So, standby for recipes, photos, and general chatter as I share my findings with you. Please feel free to join in and add your own tips, recipes and whatnot. I am but a novice with a passion to learn.