The Elder’s Gifts

18 May

Strawberries & Cake Overhead
Once upon a time, the Elder Tree was considered sacred, inhabited and protected by a female spirit named the Elder Mother, and the tree’s gifts were regarded as her blessings. Today’s recipe honors my own Italian    [. . .]

Edible Wild Urban Foods

13 May

Feral Kevin GG Park
Kevin Feinstein leads Wild Food Walks in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and surrounding areas. Originally from Tennessee, Kevin grew up with the standard American diet and lifestyle, never having eaten a fruit from a tree until his    [. . .]

A Forest Swim

6 May

Morels & Mistletoe too
The morel mushroom is the fruit of a fungus that sprouts in the moist soil of woods and forests. The most common are the black morels and yellow “blondies.” Both have a stem and conical body covered with pits and ridges like a h   [. . .]

Fellowship Found

1 May

Madani Stirring
Foraging is less about the finds and more about the intangibles.  Into the woods and wild blue yonder where the wild things are.  A “forest bathing” or shinrinyoku, as it is called in Japan, is simply a    [. . .]

Imperfectly Perfect

23 Apr

Overhead Plated
  Wabi-Sabi is a concept derived from Buddhist teachings.  It embraces the beauty in the imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.  The Japanese words do not translate easily, but Wabi in the modern age connotes    [. . .]

Sweet Nothings

13 Apr

Banana Bread Butter Spreading
It’s a guarantee. Life throws curve balls. Life also waits for no man. Commitments, gatherings, appointments, deadlines and dishes. All of it, good stuff. Every day, everyman stuff. The daily stuff of goodness. But when those darn cur   [. . .]

Grey Sky, White Bowl

30 Mar

White Bowl
Wide open spaces and empty vessels reinvigorate my creative juices after the confines of the weekday routine. I’m talking about big sky weekends, a simple hand-thrown white ceramic bowl and a grill-press packed in the car trunk &mdash   [. . .]

Turkey Tail Tea Time

26 Mar

Turkey Tail Tea
While awaiting my spring foraging trip for the delectable morel mushroom, I’ve been reading about a medicinal mushroom called the Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor.)  This funny looking mushroom grows unassumingly on fresh, o   [. . .]

Eat like a royal!

19 Mar

Pulled Chicken Close-Up
Some days are not exotic. They’re everyday days. When you’re workin’ like a feudal farmer, and want to eat like a King or Queen, preparing good nourishing food needs to be simple. On these days, Bon Appéti   [. . .]

Marbled Halvah & Babylon Dreams

18 Mar

Ali Baba's Halvah
My mother was many wonderful things, but above all, she was a storyteller and an educator.  She posted large vocabulary words on the kitchen wall for us to saturate in while eating breakfast and dinner, cleverly using the words in idle   [. . .]
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