It’s lovely to walk down the hedgerows of a Chilterns woodland in the Spring. There is such an abundance of greenery, new growth springing up, and the colours and scent of beautiful flowers. And one of my favourite scents is that of the elder – it’s florets of white flowers, make them so distinctive.
It’s time, right now to go and forage a few, to make cordials or sparkling elderflower champagnes. But, one thing I love to make is elderflower fritters.
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Where did this all start? I’m asked questions like this quite often, perhaps when I guide families on a walk, show children how to light a fire, or by adults who feel a kindred spirit attempting to escape! My answers vary, but mostly they focus on studying Bushcraft, reading books, courses attended, leadership training and assessments, all over the past 15 years. But I’m not sure this is where it all truly began, so I’m going to begin at the beginning and we’ll see where this journey ends!
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Preparing a roast dinner for friends is always something special. It’s great to gather a group together in the woods, all sitting around the campfire with plates full of roasted meat and vegetables. Here, David, explains how to cook a roast dinner in a ground oven or oven hangi, along with cooking tips and guidance to make it a tasty success! Continue reading “How to roast dinner in a Hangi / Ground Oven”
There can’t be many folks who don’t love the smell of a newly baked loaf as it comes out of the oven and the comforting warmth and yumminess of eating fresh bread. It’s been a staple of our diet for thousands of years, so there can’t be any excuses for not baking great bread over our campfire. Here, David, explains how we can make a delicious loaf of freshly baked bread, from making a good hot fire, using a variety of baking methods, through to a few proven recipes to try! Continue reading “How to bake bread on a campfire”
As a child I’d heard of the bushman though the story telling of Laurens van der Post, his books and films. Many years later, my intrigue in their culture and hunter-gatherer way of life still yearned to experience how they lived. How does an egalitarian culture that has existed for thousands of years manage alongside the modern-westernised world of the 21st century? What wisdom do they have to offer us, should we ask? And, what skills can we learn from the bushman? Just some of my questions I felt needed answers. Continue reading “Learning with the San-Bushman in Namibia”