Quick Spiced Pickled Asparagus

Asparagus is one of the first vegetables to lift its head in spring, proof that the world is coming back to life or at least waking up from the rest it was having where you live. These tender green stalks contain lots of fiber, helping keep that full feeling longer. They have an amino acid […]

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Wild Violet Syrup & Jelly

Before the last of the violets were washed away by all our liquid sunshine, I had to make a choice; vinegar, jelly or syrup? Deciding I could squeeze small amounts of two out of three,  the vinegar would need to wait until next year as I can already see the first crop of dandelions opening […]

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Sugared Violets

Flowers are the perfect decoration for Beltane as it is perfectly symbolic to the energy of the season. Procreation. If the weather has been reasonable the landscape will be awash with wild and cultivated blossoms, some of them edible! Violets fall into that category. These highly scented and colourful appendages make tasty additions to salads […]

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Fun with Wild Flower Seeds

Earth Day will be here April 22nd and I wanted to do this post now so that if there is time this Easter weekend for family projects, this one could be added to the possibilities. Seed bombs or Seedles are a mixture of dirt, compost and wild flowers seeds, combined and dried and then offered […]

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Chocolate Easter Bunnies – Freehand

Last weekend I was scheduled to teach two children’s chocolate classes making Easter treats at a local museum. Upon arrival for set-up, I realized that the bunny mold was still sitting on the counter in the laundry room, too far away to drive home and collect. What’s a girl to do? Thankfully the first group […]

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Mini Beeswax Tulip Candles

Beacon hills are networks of bonfires, optical telegraphs, often used to signal the next village that invaders were coming and to man the defenses. They were placed on high points (hills) in the landscape so they could be seen as far away as possible. In England, the Michael leyline, an earth energy line, runs from […]

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Wild Violet Sugar

I have posted in the past about making lemon, orange and vanilla flavoured sugars for use throughout the year. At this time of year the violets are out and violet sugar is a simple way of preserving some of that lovely aroma for Beltane/May Day….. …and the rest of the year. Spring time is flower […]

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Butternut Quinoa Leek Casserole with or without Turkey Sausage

There are not a lot of dishes with quinoa that I think of as comfort food. This is one of them. It is an all in one ( protein, carbs and vegetables ) casserole that is easy to take along to potluck and gatherings. It is also a pop a couple of scoops in a […]

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Using violets to test ph from My Kitchen Wand

Spring has arrived where I live and the wild violets are in bloom. In the weeks to come look for candied violets, violet sugar, wild violet jelly & syrup posts but today I wanted to focus on violet’s ability to indicate ph. From simple.wikipedia.org comes this definition “pH (potential of hydrogen) is a scale of […]

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Evergreen Needle Honey

In some parts of the world, spring has sprung and it may already be too late to gather fresh needles but if you are still buried under snow and ice, feeling like spring will never arrive, there is something that can be done before the shoots push up or buds open; collect new growth evergreen […]

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