Foraging. Something about that word excites the Explorer, the Girl Guide, the Cook in me. And sunny Ireland has the goods – in abundance. Not so sure which part of the hedge to choose? Not sure what to do with those leaves once back in the kitchen? Brook Lodge Hotel at Macreddin Village is home to Ireland’s only certified organic restaurant (see their truly free-range chickens, above) and they have recently launched a Wild Foods masterclass. Over two days, participants will have the opportunity to discover, prepare and eat seasonally found ingredients – apparently, we have access to over 327,000km of hedgerows across the country: wouldn’t it be nice to know not just what to pick, but also how to cook or preserve it?
Classes run twice a month; the next one commences June 13. Prices (€195 per two people sharing; €230 for single places) include accommodation, breakfast and tuition. For more information, including a full timetable or to book, phone 0402 36444 or visit www.brooklodge.com
The BrookLodge Hotel & Macreddin Village, Aughrim, Co. Wicklow