Sunday, 11 March 2012

Of Sailing Ships and Sealing Wax, of Cabbages, and Kings.....

From the Western Heights above Dover, via the 12th Century Knights Templar church, the North Downs Way crosses under the A2, climbs high over Shakespeare's Cliff, weaving past the crumbling remains of the Napoleonic and 20th Century gun batterys towards Capel le Ferne.

Along this cliff top path  is a wide array of foragables, with the added bonus of sweeping views out to the sailing boats in the straits of Dover, East and West over the cross channel ferry harbours of Dover and Folkestone, and vertically down to Samphire Hoe.

Patches of Alexanders litter the whole path and grassland area, but the best pickings are the two of three varieties of wild cabbages/kales growing tall and proudly along the cliff edge, and across the grassy banks, which are great to pick the new succulent leaves like homegrown kales, for stir-fries, or maybe even finely shredded for 'slaws, added to soups and casseroles, or simply steamed with a splash of balsamic.

For later in the season, the hawthorns, sloes, and abundant gorse flowers ready for late summer brewing lean up the slopes away from the bracing sea breeze.

the view from Shakespeare's Cliff back across to the Port of Dover

Plenty of big wild kale/cabbage, and at this time
of year, fresh, succulent new leaves for
stir fries and soups.

several different varieties of the
wild kales, alongside the freshly
sprouted alexanders.

the perpetually flowering gorse
ready for a spot of gorse fizz
brewing later in the summer

1 comment:

  1. didn't realise...if you look on the dover photo you can see where the cliff had collapsed 24hrs earlier...didn't even know about it at the time.