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Caroline Davey
West Cornwall
Fat Hen's Forager
Interests: foraging, cooking, eating, creating, living outdoors, sunshine, beaching, yoga, cycling, reading, wildlife, celebrating.
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Nettle rotolo with ricotta and wilted wild greens (nettles, mallow leaves, alexanders leaves, watercress, 3 cornered garlic). A rotolo is one of the less common Italian pasta dishes. Rotolo literally translates as a coil or scroll and this dish uses... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2013 at Fat Hen
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We've now come to the end of the events for 2013 (with the exception of private foraging walks). My last event was with the Porthminster beach cafe on the 18th November. Check out the 6 course tasting menu: Baked Porthminster... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2013 at Fat Hen
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Last Friday saw the final Foraging Friday of the year at the Gurnards Head. As usual, the weather held out, the company was great and as luck would have it some shaggy parasol mushrooms bestowed their fungal beauty right across... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2013 at Fat Hen
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website link Last week the latest edition of Country Homes and Interiors magazine came out (July issue) with a 6 page feature of Fat Hen. We photographed it last summer on the beach and I'm more than happy with the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2013 at Fat Hen
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It's been a long ole year and a half on maternity leave wiping bums, pureeing vegetables, playing blocks and getting up at all sorts of ungodly hours but i'm now back in the world of the living (sort of) and... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2013 at Fat Hen
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One of the most unusual poisonous Autumn berries is the berry of the Spindle shrub (Euonymus europaeus). It is thought to be highly toxic though there don't appear to be many recorded incidents. The pink fruit capsules eventually split to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2011 at Fat Hen
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Have you ever dropped a live lobster into a pot of boiling water? Not something I had ever wanted or ever intend to do in my life. So, when I was asked to cook a wild foraged recipe with lobster... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2011 at Fat Hen
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Pieminister, the posh pie folk from Bristol came down to stay here with us for a couple of days earlier this year to forage for their new cook book (A pie for all seasons) and to use our place as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2011 at Fat Hen
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Back at the end of May Waitrose came to take photos of me foraging and cooking for a photographic feature on people who work outside with food. It will be in the August edition of the Waitrose magazine. "It won't... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2011 at Fat Hen
People normally use glyphosate (Round Up) for spraying on knoweed. Good luck!
Toggle Commented May 12, 2011 on Countryfile Re-visited at Fat Hen
Countryfile came down to film me again a couple of weeks ago. It was aired last Sunday 8th May. Follow this link for BBC I player to see the programme. It'll be on i player for another week and is... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2011 at Fat Hen
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Just returned from Bristol last week after heading up there with a car full of freshly foraged ingredients for Flinty Red's Wild Food Tasting Supper. It's the second one we've done and was a roaring success. I did this supper... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2011 at Fat Hen
Come on a Wild Food Coastal Walk on Good Friday, April 22nd 2011 from the Gurnards Head, with Caroline Davey Followed by a 3 Course Wild Lunch in the pub, cooked by head chef, Bruce Rennie featuring wild seasonal local... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2011 at Fat Hen
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Pieminister, purveyors of posh pies, came down to stay last week for a couple of days of pie making, pie eating, pie photographing and pie ingredient foraging for their new cookery book on pies. They've devised over 100 pie recipes... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2011 at Fat Hen
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Last October I took Nick Baker, the naturalist, of 'The Really Wild Show' fame, foraging for a day which will be aired tonight on Inside Out. This is a regional BBC series, so you'll get to see it if you... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2011 at Fat Hen
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Pasta drying on my clothes drier I had a great day last Wednesday foraging with Ross Bruce, the head chef of the Felin Fach Griffen. We went to my usual haunts and foraged laver, sea beet, fool’s watercress, alexanders, black... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2011 at Fat Hen
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On the approach to Christmas my wild food activities ground to a halt and the focus changed to festive merriment. We hunkered down next to the new wood burner, with food and family in excess, celebrating in traditional Christmas fashion.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2011 at Fat Hen
Fat Hen is on Countryfile tonight. BBC1 6.30pm. I take a group of West Penwithians foraging with James Wong and we cook it all up back here. It should be an 8 minute film within today's Countryfile episode. X Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2010 at Fat Hen
The Countryfile piece with me and James Wong has been postponed till another episode. It will not be on Sunday 31st but in the next few weeks. Will keep you posted on date. Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2010 at Fat Hen
Whirlwind half term to Bristol.... loved it....great to leave the land of pasties and top up on a bit of diverse food and culture...wonderful dosas at the Thali cafe (twice), plates of gorgeousness at Flinty Red (Of course), tapas at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2010 at Fat Hen
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Wow. I've finally come to the end of the most manic work phase so far in the history of Fat Hen. It's been a fantastic Autumn with loads of interesting things happening. Food Fairs, Gourmet Weekends, Taster Days, Days for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2010 at Fat Hen
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OMG - How scarey - I did my first public cooking demonstration at the Cornwall Food and Drink Festival in Truro on 25th September. I looked down at all the cooking kit I brought with me and wondered how on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2010 at Fat Hen
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Off we went this morning, baskets in hand, children in tow, down to the woods on a mushroom hunt. A perfect Sunday morning jaunt with the kids and their two friends Jacca and Rosie. Rope swings, fungi in abundance, a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2010 at Fat Hen
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Back in June I went full steam ahead into mass elderflower cordial production. This year's harvest was to be turned into 300 litres of cordial. I ordered 100kg of sugar, 5kg of citric acid, had an order for hundreds of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2010 at Fat Hen
The Saturday Telegraph listed Fat Hen as number one in their list of the best holiday courses teaching sustainable living. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/picturegalleries/7590648/Ten-sustainable-living-holiday-courses.html Ten Sustainable Living Courses From making your own cheese, to shearing sheep and fly-fishing, we pick the best holidays... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2010 at Fat Hen