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Honey Infused Garlic

  Winter is ticking into springtime and a lot of our garlic braids are starting to germ! There is nothing wrong with the herb, but we have so much left over and ready to be transformed into a delicious & soothing remedy for the changing seasons. I start by clearing any shrivelled or mouldy cloves… Continue reading Honey Infused Garlic

garden · nomadique · Urban sprawl

PARANGA EXPERIMENTAL FOREST FARM

Paranga is named after the Scarlet Tanager, a bird that nests on this 17 acre land situated in the Laurentian Forests of Quebec.The experimental part comes from the question we often ask ourselves here: can we gain a livelihood from this land and respect the integrity of the surrounding forest? The site was cleared in… Continue reading PARANGA EXPERIMENTAL FOREST FARM

garden · nomadique · Straight Outta The Kitchen

Cold December and Chickens

Here on these frayed posts along the highway is where we hold court and give visual evidence of our worshipping   Took the battery out of our 1984 Ford F150 and parked it for the next 4 months, got the chickens moved into a used car tempo and ate most of our winter supply of… Continue reading Cold December and Chickens

herbal

Agroforestry

Shamanism and Forest Gardens: reconnecting the pathways to productivity. (is there a bustle in your hedgrow?) It could be argued that forest gardens were the precursor to present day agroforestry innovations; whereby the planting of trees alongside the planting of annual crops of grains or vegetables produces,eventually, a secondary crop of wood, fruit,nuts, and biomass,… Continue reading Agroforestry

herbal · ritual · wild foods

Herbal Grey

Time for a wee afternoon pickup, eh? If you’re like me and haven’t really been digging the black tea parade then you know what I’m missing.  You know those giant bags of Twinings Earl Grey?  That is what I am craving.  Not any fancy Nepal Black or Assam Banaspaty or even Darjeeling.  The cornflower and… Continue reading Herbal Grey

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Topinambour

Helianthus tuberosus The topinambour; sunchoke; Jerusalem artichoke; any other names I am missing?!   For years these Plants have been shooting up great green sprouts and soon enough October rolls around and they finally begin to flower.  Topinambours are a staple to the NorthEastern NorthAmerican diet (or so they should be!) as they are perennial… Continue reading Topinambour

recipes · wild foods

Fermentation Basics

Lacto-fermentation as a “foodie” thing is of course raging in popularity right now.  The simplicity of preparation, the dense aroma of semi-rotten, bacteria-eaten vegetables, the infinite variety.  The fact that this dish (and it is a dish, never a side) is raw is also quite interesting as the process of fermentation releases mineral content and… Continue reading Fermentation Basics

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Film Review :: Julie & Julia

Or; an exercise of eating on-screen For a food film (or a film about food), Julie & Julia sure does include a lot of eating scenes.  I am especially impressed by the number of eating/meal scenes. I was so moved, in fact, that I almost forgot about Meryl Streep’s part as Julia Child. Instead I… Continue reading Film Review :: Julie & Julia