In case you’d forgotten (how could you?!) it’s Pancake Day soon, and falls on February 28th, this year, but with many people looking to enjoy a healthier, more natural option, we thought that we would source a recipe that will have you licking your lips in an instant!
As people all over the country begin their annual flipping attempts (and fails), we take a look at what is on offer away from the traditional pancake recipe, which can be paired with a successful day’s foraging, that way you can make a tasty meal with pancakes and freshly sourced fruits, for example. You can follow our tips on foraging here:
Learn what’s what
It’s important to be familiar with the wide variety of weeds, herbs, bushes and trees you can find in the Great British countryside, or indeed, the plants which grow in any environment you plan to forage within.
It’s important to know what is toxic, so as to avoid making yourself or others ill, as well as to know what uses there may be for any given plant.
It’s also good to know what other species may be reliant upon a particular potential foodstuff – as taking too much of it could leave the localised eco-system with a deficiency in one part of the food chain which can have a knock-on effect.
Don’t be greedy!
We’ve already made the point you shouldn’t overharvest an area or a certain food stuff – and that’s particularly true of anything which may be an endangered plant species. Instead of harvesting any rare plants you may come across, why not sow their seeds in the wild?
Avoid contaminated areas
Goods growing in a particular area may look incredibly tempting, but you should never harvest them if they’re in an area which is subject to pollution.
That means roadsides, areas near to heavy industry, or adjacent to farms where there is heavy spraying of pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers, are all out of the question. Anything growing in areas like this could contain dangerous chemicals which could be harmful to your health.
Rather than just harvesting the goods on offer from Mother Nature, why not take a little time to give something back every once in a while?
Casting the seeds of native species to the winds is a good way of doing this, as well as sustaining the crops available.
Leave no trace
When out and about hunting for food, make sure never to leave any litter behind. Again, an obvious point but one worth making!
Know when to harvest
Knowing when to pick certain food stuffs is key for any forager. Any weeds or shrubs should be harvested before they flower for maximum nutritional content. Roots are best in autumn, after their foliage has faded.
Generally speaking, you should begin harvesting when the plant has enough foliage to maintain growth. Plants should be picked early in the morning, after the dew dries, but before the heat of the day.
Stay away from nature reserves
This is an obvious point, and probably one we needn’t make, but nonetheless it is worth making.
Nature reserves are areas set up to protect wild species, so give them their space and leave them to grow in peace!
Now you know all you need to know about foraging, let’s take a look at our sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan, pancake recipe.
Check out the recipe and method below:
Recipe Serves 1
- Get your blender.
- Put 1 cup of oats, 1 cup of plant milk/almond milk, and 1 small ripe banana into the blender. This quantity makes around 9 small pancakes.
- Blend into a thick batter.
- Leave to sit for 10mins, then check consistency. If needed, add a touch more liquid.
- Cook pancakes slowly over a low heat. Leave the pan for about 10mins to heat up evenly. Aim to cook the pancakes on this temperature too.
- Cool the pancakes on a board or cooling rack while you cook the remainder of the batter.
Don’t just reserve these for one day a year though. You can always have these for breakfast when you’re staying in our glamping Wales abodes. Yum!