Nothing beats a foraged family feast! Snuggle round with your favourite people and the smells of some delicious food. There’s a real satisfaction in cooking a meal, it’s a great way to get the kids involved in their food and will teach them loads of amazing life skills!

We’ve put a couple of recipes together which we hope will get you and your family inspired to enjoy a warming meal outdoors, hopefully with as much input from the little ones in your life as possible.

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Family Foraged Feast: Bushcraft Burgers

A great heart warming, stomach filling meal for everyone.

Serves 4

You will need:

  • 500g beef mince or chosen alternative
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small onion diced
  • Pinch of salt and pepper (sachets you find most places work great for this)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4  burger buns
  • Chosen foraged herbs (you can let your imagination go wild here, Wild Garlic or Nettles would work great here)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Frying pan and something to flip burgers

How to:

Mix the mince, egg, onion, salt, pepper and herbs of choice together in small patties. Allow them to rest for 10 minutes whilst you get your pan and oil going. Once ready, cook the burgers and toast buns over the fire. Lastly, serve with any condiments or extras you like. Meanwhile you could forage together a salad of wild greens like sea beet, dandelion and hawthorne leaves with some edible flowers like bramble or primrose.

Family Foraged Snack: Wood Smoked S’mores:

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A classic campfire recipe that’ll be popular with everyone!

You will need:

  • As many marshmallows you are willing to handle
  • Skewers – obviously you could buy them but why not get you and the kids to carve their own out of some fresh young hazel. Just be sure to take the bark off and ensure you are happy to eat from them.
  • 1 pack of chocolate biscuits, we like digestives or hobnobs
  • Optional extra- you could add some homemade blackberry jam or syrup to help sandwich that s’more even more.

How to:

Firstly light your fire and allow it time to establish itself, try and use well seasoned and dry wood. For cooking we recommend Ash or Oak. Secondly toast your marshmallows low and slow over the hot embers until they’re a nice golden colour. Now is the time to dip into a pot of syrup or jam if you have it and finally squash between 2 biscuits (chocolate side in!) and remove the skewer. Enjoy.

It is worth noting that small humans should give it plenty of time (at least 30 seconds) before eating, the marshmallow will be really hot! The perfect pudding for your foraged family feast!

Foraged Family Feasts: Flatbread Pizza With Foraged Herbs

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A delicate delight that won’t leave you hungry

Serves 4

You will need:

  • Mixing bowl
  • 1 spatula/ to move pizza to and from places
  • 350g plain flour/ bring some extra to dust if needed
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 200ml water/ ideally bring to a warm temperature over fire before use
  • 1 jar of pesto/ try making your own with wild garlic in the springtime
  • Chosen toppings / cheese, ham, garlic, tomatoes and let your young people’s imagination take over here.
  • Foraged herbs/ to season on top.

How to:

Get started on your foraged family feast. Firstly, to make flatbread, season flour with salt and pepper and mix in oil. Then add water and knead mixture until an elasticated dough like consistency has been achieved. Now you will need to divide the mixture into the correct amount of balls and spread to create flatbreads. Alternatively try a different method.

At this point you can cook your dough in a fire proof frying pan, flipping to crisp up both sides before adding toppings and finishing off, alternatively if you have a grate and some foil then you can create a tent for your pizza with the foil and cook over the embers.

Get creative! Using pesto as your sauce adds loads of flavour, and you can add whatever toppings you fancy- however we do recommend not going overboard, as more toppings means longer to cook, and can cause your pizza to be soggy. Additionally there are tons of foraged goodies you could pop on your pizza, Wild Garlic or Jack by the Hedge are classics we love.

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Want to learn more about foraging and elevate your foraged family feasts? We run Coastal Foraging walks as well as Pizza Making Workshops in our stunning corner of Studland, so why not come along and immerse yourself in adventure!

Book your adventure here.

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