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

garden · nomadique · recipes · wild foods

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

Pop Culture · Uncategorized

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

herbal · nomadique · ritual

Sugar Water Tree

Acer saccharum Spotting, tapping & learning from the maple tree. This tree which represents Canada in many ways is actually not apparent across the country and is largely found in the southeast mixed forest in the Canadian Shield.  Maple is big business and small operations have thousands of taps.  Even people with 100 or 200… Continue reading Sugar Water Tree

healing · nomadique · wild foods

Chaga :: How NOT to harvest

Allow me to cut straight to the chase, here. If anyone wants to harvest food or medicine from the wild, it must absolutely must be done with the safety of the plants in mind.  When harvesting the burdock root, only take less than 1/3 of the amount from a large patch.  Leave the flower of… Continue reading Chaga :: How NOT to harvest

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7 Sisters :: Buckwheat

I have been enamored with companion planting ever since I started observing and building permaculture designs.  The attraction and repelling properties that plants have on each other is so difficult to detect to humans.  A lot of the times you cannot see the effects that a parsley or yarrow plant will have on a tomato… Continue reading 7 Sisters :: Buckwheat

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Poison Partners

Poison Partners We’re still a long way off from any sign of new, green growth outdoors up here in Wentworth-Nord but I can see that pretty much everywhere else things are a bit different. On this day I’m dreaming of my poison pasture that I established last season. Poison pasture? Yes, I made a portion… Continue reading Poison Partners