Foraging Frenzy

Foraging Frenzy

The plant, native to Britain, is also known as Bear leek, Bear’s garlic, Broad-leaved garlic, Buckrams, Ramsons, Wood garlic and can grow to heights of between 45 and 50 cm.

The leaves and flowers are edible. Young leaves are delicious and impart a delicate flavour. Leaves appear in March and are best picked when young. The flowers emerge from April to June and can add a potent garlic punch. Wild Garlic likes damp ground and has health benefits as well as been used in recipes.

Woodland walk sorrel and isca

Dad likes to make Pasta, vibrant green, tasty and healthy! As we get to eat the leftovers each day it’s a good job we are from Italian descendants!

Pasta is fun and easy to make

250g of Straong flour • 4 Egg Yolks • 1 whole Egg • 5g salt • 50g Wild Garlic Leaves

Blitz Wild garlic Leaves and flour together in Food processor, add other ingredients , Pulse until crumbed bring together by hand using a little water if necessary • Leave to rest • roll out & put through Pasta Machine • cook Tagliatelli 2 mins in salted boiling water with a little Olive oil.

If you don’t fancy making your own Pasta you can just make a great tasting dressing

Wild Garlic Pesto

1 bunch wild garlic • 2 packs basil • 50g of pecorino • 60g toasted pine nuts • 1 lemon, zest & juice • 30ml light vegetable oil • 30ml olive oil • salt & pepper

In a blender, blitz most of the wild garlic and basil (if eating with pasta leave a handful for later to fold through the pasta at the end) with the grated Pecorino and toasted pine nuts • Add the zest and juice of the lemon, then gradually add the two oils while the blender is on • Taste, adding salt and pepper.

Fantastic with Salmon or Chicken and some fresh garden Peas.



“Tails” at the river bank

“Tails” at the river bank

You can drive over the hill from Sidmouth the views are fabulous mum took this one through the sunroof!

A favourite on a hot day, because a girl loves to paddle! and Isca is a canine olympic swimmer and is essential for fetching my toys for me as they float away!

Otterton Mill is just 3 miles from Sidmouth

You can walk along a well trodden path down to the mouth of the River Otter at Budleigh Salterton or as Isca and I prefer up the River to Colaton Raleigh. The paths follows the river bank, Kingfishers, Ducks and if your really lucky maybe a Beaver or two! Find out more here – River Otter Beavers

We just love splashing about, and shaking over hoomans to cool them down! At the end of the path you can choose, turn left to go through a working farm and visit the Church.

The parish church of St John the Baptist was certainly in existence before 1226. It was substantially rebuilt in 1875 retaining some features of the 13th century interior and the 15th century tower. There have been bees in the tower for more than a century, which parishioners protect, there are also 6 bells which are rung regularly!

Or you can turn right and go over the bridge and head towards Newton Poppleford or for those that are really hardcore you can walk up to the top of the ridge my four leg drive helps me enormously hoomans huff and puff going up the steep track to the top and out onto Mutters Moor at the top of Peak Hill looking down over Sidmouth.

Here’s where we turn around and head back to the Mill. When you are nearly back take a minute to look at the beautiful weir with a fish ladder to help Salmon and Trout get up river to spawn.

There has been a working mill at Otterton since at least Norman times, when King William the Conqueror granted all the local land hereabouts to the abbots of St Michel of Normandy. The earliest written record of the mill is in the Domesday survey in 1068. The ancient mill workings are fully open for public viewing and our millers are always happy to chat to visitors and explain how the mill works. You can even taste the flour as it emerges fresh and warm from the flour chute.

Otterton Mill Shop

A welcome cuppa awaits at the mill on your return and if your naughty cake treats or a snack too! The little food shop sells bread made in their bakery using their own flour of course and other Devon artisan food too. There’s other unique gifts too glassware and ceramics, handmade jewellery, scarves and candles.

How about a visit to

Bicton Gardens on the way back, they have a little train that takes you around the grounds, It’s also something special for railway enthusiasts, because BWR runs on the only 18-inch (457 mm) gauge leisure line left in Britain. The train operates all year, making regular 25-minute trips, for which there is a small extra charge.

The Botanical Gardens have their roots in the early 18th century, but Bicton itself dates back more than 1300 years set in 63 acres with many rare plants with origins from all parts of the world, including one of the finest collections of trees in Britain.

Sorrels First Post

Sorrel and Isca at blackberry camp, East Devon
Isca left, Sorrel Right

Welcome to my new Blog!

 I am a 2 year old Spinone and with my best friend Isca, I’m going to be exploring East Devon. I want to find the best walks, attractions, places to stop for tea and to see which ingredients I can get dad to  cook with at The Salty Monk.

My First Outing in East Devon is going to be The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth watch this space for my day out.

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