Kayak, fish, forage & feast | A wild food adventure in Dorset

With excitement and anticipation our fore adventurers arrive at our Dorset hutquarters door ready to start their kayak, fish, forage & feast adventure, minutes later wetsuits donned and helmets on we head down to the beach taking every opportunity to spot wild edibles as we go. Rigging our lines to give us the best chance of that catch of the day our team compare their previous fishing prowess, some none, some some and those experienced folk with a tale of the one that got away.

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Spring forage & feast | Wild food events in Dorset

Spring time in Studland takes some beating, the hedgerows are bursting with wild edibles, the shore is brimming with sea vegetables and the sea is swimming with life. Just a few weeks back as Spring was in full swing we celebrated with a bunch of good folk to enjoy the fruits of natures larder, here's a sneaky peak into our world....

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Spearfishing on Jamie and Jimmy's Friday night feast | Series 4 Episode 3

Back when the sun was shining last summer Channel 4 approached us to show Jimmy Doherty of Jamie and Jimmy's Friday night feast around our patch of wild in Dorset and share with him our sea faring ways and we were only too delighted to oblige! This episode sees us exploring Old Harry Rocks by kayak and spearfishing for supper. last summer we had a visit from Jimmy Doherty from Jamie and Jimmys Friday night feast.

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Britains Best Walks with Julia Bradbury | kayak & fish at Old Harry Rocks

We always knew our adventure stomping ground in Studland bay in Dorset was something pretty special. It marks the beginning of the Jurassic Coastline, a UNESCO World Heritage sight, for one. But for two, our patch of Dorset wild also happens to be home to an iconic landmark Old Harry Rocks, filled to the brim in myth, magic and legend, with pirates and the Devil himself making their shady contribution to the history of our home. With all this in mind it was little wonder that Julia Bradbury decided to choose our special spot for her first episode of the new series of Britains Best Walks and we were delighted to be invited to join the crew for the day and feature on the program.

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Rosehip Oil Recipe | Ideas for natural Christmas gifts

So Autumn is drawing to a close, the trees around hutquarters are getting barer by the minute and the last of the nuts and berries are hanging on for dear life.  One of our fave festive fruits is the royal rosehip but as delicious as it is, there really is only so much syrup one can make with them, so this month we thought we would give this hip a nurturing role in the Fore household by creating our very own Rosehip oil.

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Sunday Supper Recipe #7 | Sea Beet Soup

Now the weathers starting to turn we're sharing with you our heartwarming sea beet soup, this old favourite was served up at as a starter at this months Autumn feast and went down a treat with our gaggle. 

Sea Beet {Beta Vulgaris} is a wonderfully hardy sea plant, it grows alongside the seashore throughout the seasons. To get the best flavour and the glossiest leaves forage for the smaller leaves in spring but its also great during the summer and beginning of Autumn, pick sparingly and just a few leaves per plant, choose carefully and forage from an area well populated with well established plants .

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A playful day podcast | Standup paddleboarding & seaweed foraging

When the lovely Kate at Aplayfulday asked us the question 'what does adventure mean to you', there were so many answers...but she nailed it herself, 'You are present enough in yours to take in a detail' and that's so right & exactly where all of our adventures begin.

Above all we strive to make our adventures accessible, real and most of all achievable, we figure it's not always the big jumps that give you the best highs!

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Friday Forage #13 | Elderflower cordial recipe - our first taste of summer

June went and passed us by in the flash of an eye...we spent our days on and off the water in Dorset on kayak adventures and running our wild food workshops enjoying the first tastes of summer and Elderflower has to be up there with one of our top favourite foraging finds. Most summer seasons are signaled for us with that sweet heady scent as you pass through the hedgerows, those sudden bursts of blooms that appear out of nowhere, here today and seemingly gone tomorrow. You have to get your baskets laden quick sharp if you want to make this one last the year with our elderflower cordial recipe that makes the basis for jellies, preserves, syrups, cocktails and everything in between to keep those sunny memories alive throughout the dullest of days….

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Escape to the countryside retreat with Marte Marie Forsberg | Wild food & Photography

Three weeks on and we are still smiling from our wild food, foraging and photography retreat with the wonderful Marte Marie Forsberg; photographer, visual storyteller and home cook extraordinaire, together with the very clever Linda lomelino who was just as sweet as her delicious cakes, whiling away the hours on our favourite past times, sharing what we know and love about the great outdoors and passing on tit bits of our wild ways with the gaggle of would be adventurers was a pure delight and we felt honoured to be working with such talent and warm hearted folk in and out of the kitchen.

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Sunday Supper Recipe #6 | Wild garlic hummus

The hedgerows are sprouting with the glorious green goodness of wild garlic and we thought it was about time to try a few new recipes alongside our old faves like wild garlic butter and wild salsa verde.

So we gave one of our family kitchen staples hummus a bit of a pick me up by adding a bunch of this sweet stuff. Not only do the wee ones love to hunt and gather but they get to get their hands mucky in the kitchen too and even better reward their efforts with a scrummy hummus worthy of their crunchy carrot sticks.

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Friday forage # 11 | Seaweed sag aloo

This Friday forage is one from the salty sea gods...packed with our favourite wild ingredient seaweed, well Porphyra (if you're feeling techy) this species is one of our winter staples, found growing in abundance along the rocky shore, the colour and shape of this species is variable as there so many different varieties but typically it thrives in cold shallow water between the upper intertidal and splash zone, so don your wellies for this forage.

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Fore keeping it real

It was with some surprise that we stumbled upon our best nine IG images of 2015 at the beginning of 2016 and we have to say they weren't the ones we would have thought would make the cut. It just goes to show that people will engage with different content that you put out there and what you think will be the shot that wows, isn't always the case which is rather refreshing to say the least!

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5 Questions with James Fowler | The Larder House

Some might say there's no better way to end a day in the great outdoors than round the camp fire and we agree, but we can now top that after we were lucky enough to end a days adventuring and start an evenings feasting with one of the UK's top mixologists James Fowler.  He showed us that there's one thing that adds some sparkle and that's with a coastal cobbler (aka the best wild cocktail in town!) to see off sundown...here's the man himself answering a few questions we just had to ask him....

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Fore a Feast | a summer session with foraged finds and wild cocktails

Sitting pretty by the seashore under our canopy, complete with rain drops as only a true british summer can be, our summer foraged feast was forged.  We had all the ingredients you need for such an evening of merriment with Chef Director at The Pig, James Golding and Damien Clisby head chef from Petersham Nurseries turning our foodie finds into tasty treats, and the very clever James Fowler from the Larder House stirring us up a stormy wild cocktail.

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Sunday Supper Recipe #5 | A Very Berry Cheesecake

Nothing says summer like lashings of cream and beautiful berries and this is full to the brim with both! If like us your small humans with forever rumbling tummies rule your roost (& your kitchen!) then this berry cheescake is sure to go down a storm with them and trust us it won't be a hardship for you to eat either.

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