The art of survival (and video games)

(Originally posted in 2014. Updated and edited November 2020) When I first got into foraging, it was because of one thing: survival and one of the most unusual reasons why I love food so much is my fascination with wild food and living off the land. I’m a geek at heart, and when it comes…

The Survival Series Part 14: Purslane

Surviving in the wild is not easy – not only do you have to weather yourself against the elements, but you also have to find a way to sustain your energy too! This survival series looks at the many wild foods that you can come across on your travels, that you can safely forage and…

The Survival Series Part 12: Periwinkles

Heading out to the beach this week and looking for something wild to bring home? Look no further! This week, the survival series is back on the coastline where I’m looking at the small treasure that is: Periwinkles Though some may flinch at the idea at cooking and eating snail-like creatures, these little molluscs are…

The Survival Series Part 11: Horn of Plenty

Walking across woodlands and along old ruins and walls, my inner forager leaps into action. This week on the survival series, I’m going back to fungi and am looking at other edible treat that’s worth nabbing if you’re in a hurry: Horn of Plenty or the Trumpet of Death Don’t let this mushroom’s ominous-sounding name…

The Survival Series Part Ten: Dandelions

Escapism can be such a release, but when combined with real world scenarios and food it can also be quite fun! Inspired by my love for post-apocalyptic survival, wild food and adventure, part 10 of this series is focusing in on: Dandelions Often considered as one of those pesky weeds that hang about your garden,…

The Survival Series Part Nine: Comfrey

Some day when all hell breaks loose, there will be a group of us who will be able to make our way in the wilderness and embrace survival. A little knowledge goes a long way! This series is inspired by my love for post-apocalyptic stories and foraging, and this week I’m looking at: Comfrey A…

The Survival Series Part Seven: Dillisk

Wild food, ahoy – Grab your buckets and scissors, we’re off on another seaside adventure! This week on the Survival Series, I’m taking a closer look at a rather tasty cold water algae: Dillisk Also known as dulse, this algae species is mostly found in the middle to lower shore. Characterised by its red or…

The Survival Series Part Eight: Pepper Dulse

If you’re a fan of foraging food and finding edible treats in the wild, this series is for you. For those who’ve been following this blog for a while, they may have noticed that I have a love for zombies and post-apocalyptic scenarios and so, this is how the survival series was born! This week…

Word of Mouth: Foraging with Darach Ó Murchú

“This place is in my blood” ~ Darach Ó Murchú The wind blew the smells in my direction as I feverishly sautéed the pot of chopped almonds and eyed the seaweed like a hawk. This was an Easter Sunday like no other. Based in Kerry, for the past few years Darach Ó Murchú has been…

The Survival Series Part Six: Stinging Nettle

In a world that seems to be dominated by fast and convenient food, do you ever wonder if there’s such thing as a free meal? This series, inspired by the “obviously impending” apocalypse and my love for survival, aims to share the best of food that can be found in the wild. Remember, when you…