Missed opportunity for Portfolio Recipes
1. We missed an opportunity to mark our “Portfolio” recipes for St. George’s Day (and Shakespeare’s Birthday) with hints for “a spot of rough cooking” in a letter to the Times 24/04/10 from Duncan Mackay, Rear-Commodore of Henley Sailing Club and author of Eat Wild, exercising a suggestion to “create new traditions” in foodie contexts He writes: “St George’s Day has always been the day for dandelion wine in my calendar, as well as the time to collect St. George’s mushrooms (Calocybe Gambosum).”
2. He writes: “On May Day we will be eating Henley Sailing Club Hop Shoot Soup to welcome the hedgerow abundance of Humulus Lupulus in our boat park and creating a new relationship with the wild hop plant. It’s rough cooking – the antidote to too much fine dining – but it is a joy.”
3. This is something else we can consider for our celebration of the “sallet” day next year. We have followed it this year with a May Day message with a more serious purpose, which we have had to publish without a timely explanation (nonetheless it’s due to appear shortly on our www, owing to “circumstances beyond our control”).