Last thursday I spent a mighty few hours with Nick Nairn and Paul Rankin foraging for wild raspberries up in Learmount Forest in Park Village....as you do. The 2 chefs do the most amazing cookery show on UTV 'paul and nicks big food trip' see here, they tour around looking at and exploring local food products/recipes etc etc, anyways....they came to Derry to do some filming and they had contacted me asking if I could take them foraging somewhere so off we went to the wilds of county derry....
and along with the 2 chefs came 2 film crews.....and organisers, director and the likes.....so there were actually quite a few of us in the end lol....far from the few laddies oot picking berries that i've just set as a semi-romantic vision...I chose Park as the site itself is steeped in Ulster-scots heritage (the show is an exploration of ulster scots roots in cooking) and that it is so abundant in wild raspberries its not hard to gather up a load in half hour of picking....something which suits a busy filming schedule...(oh aye...and thanks to Gerry Temple for the all the photos...he was one of my 'wing men' on this one)
now the raspberries are easy to get to....by general foraging standards but are no means sitting at the edge of the path and myself and the boys had to get proper stuck in to get at them...thankfully I had a few pickers to help, thanks to landscaper Leigh Canning for coming along, and thanks to Chairman of the Learmount Community Association Thomas Conway for helping out and for giving the filming crew and researchers some great history of the Learmount Estate...
the craic was mighty and the 2 chefs got proper tore in...Paul loved the chillington hoe for whacking through the undergrowth to get to the berries...and in the short time picking (if truth be told we picked for about 30 mins...none of the boys would leave the car park until katie taylor's fight had finished!) being great sports the 2 chefs allowed me to pose pretending I'd gathered all the berries mesell....aye pretend....thats right lol.
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