Optimal foraging theory (OFT) is a model that helps predict how an animal behaves when searching for food. Although obtaining food provides the animal with energy, searching for and capturing the food require both energy and time. The animal wants to gain the most benefit (energy) for the lowest cost during foraging, so that it can maximizeContinue Reading Optimal Foraging Theory
What exactly is foraging? it’s a classic question that may be answered in a number of ways depending who you ask. All the beekeepers I’ve ever asked tell me that foraging is what the bees do when they go out looking for nectar and pollen. If you were to ask me I’d almost agree withContinue Reading What is Foraging?
I’m really happy to announce our first Totally Wild UK, wild food, kitchen is set to open in Macclesfield in February 2017. From here we can test new recipes out and cook up our well loved recipes in a clean and professional kitchen. The wild food kitchen will give us the opportunity to really getContinue Reading Totally Wild Kitchen
As part of a larger art project called ‘the lost gardens of Stoke-On-Trent’ I was invited along to conduct a weekends worth of foraging and wild food exploration of these Lost Gardens. I had a large number of ideas for the weekend but eventually settled on this: Friday – A full day of foraging andContinue Reading Lost Gardens Foraging and Wild Food Weekend
Wild Food has become a bit of a fad word within the chef world and I’m forever seeing it on cooking programmes, which, in one way, is absolutely brilliant because wild food is becoming more common and more normal to use, but in another way it worries me slightly that it is just becoming aContinue Reading Foraging with Chefs
Towards the end of the summer this year I was asked to meet a Hen party as they were making a trip via canal barge for a night out. There was a number of options we could have done: Met them by a local wood and taken them off the barge to explore the woodsContinue Reading Hen Party Cocktail Making
I was asked to help out on one of the summer NCS (National Citizen Service) programmes this year. A brilliant programme running over four weeks that takes teenagers of all walks of life and capabilities out of their comfort zones and gets them interacting with their local communities in a positive way. I believe there’sContinue Reading Foraging with Teenagers on NCS
Who knew that the edges of the sea could be so bountiful, recently I’ve spent a lot of time over the coasts close (not really that close) to where I live investigating the abundance and potential uses that seaweeds could play in my regular day to day cooking. I must admit that I found aContinue Reading Seaweeds Foraging in the Shores