…. and there’s a smell of garlic in the April air.
Take a walk from Tythebarn House B&B towards Burton-in-Kendal. Look out for Holme Park Farm and a footpath sign on the left. Head up past the farm buildings and through the wooded area on to Farleton Fell, part of the Limestone-link, and you’re sure to smell garlic in the April air!
You know spring has sprung when those tender green shoots of wild garlic begin to tickle your nose with their wonderful smell, tempting your taste buds and sending your hand to your pocket. Did you pop in a foraging bag before leaving base?
There’s something thrilling about arriving back home with your bounty and rustling through recipes to find last year’s foraging favourites.
As the season moves on and the plant takes on it’s flowering beauty it is easy to see and to smell.
Here’s my first of the season ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ Pizza, just to inspire your ‘food for free’ instincts.
Wash and dry the tender new leaves of wild garlic. Place in a bowl, stir around with a little olive oil and seasoning. Prepare your stone baked pizza, without cheese, to ‘almost ready’ stage. Add chunks of mozzarella and your favourite olives , then spread the wild garlic leaves over the top.
Add a layer of grated Parmesan cheese and return to the oven for 5 – 10 minutes
until the leaves are wilted and the cheese melted!
Images: Copyright 2016 Diana Brown
There’s so much to see and explore around this area. The Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Arnside & Silverdale AONB and wildlife haven of the Morecambe Bay area are all within easy reach.
For more inspiring images: vimeo by 2020VISION “Morecambe Bay… a wild place…a big place …a place of infinite skies and endless colour…”