Lockdown Leaves

During the Covid-19 Lockdown season we all focussed our attention on our immediate environment, so came to appreciate the undervalued beauty of blackjacks, for example.  We also tried out new foods as access to our usual favourites was restricted. This post features easily accessible wild and weedy edibles, with some nutritional information and preparation tips….

Eating Weeds

I am very enthusiastic about eating weeds. I have recently been sharing this (and other wild ideas) with a variety of audiences.  More talks and walks to come, but I have compiled some notes for new foragers to refer to. Free food is everywhere – right under your feet. Along the path, in the supermarket…

Mnandi

I am feeling pleased a punch.  The cook book I have been working on for absolute ages as a fundraiser for the Mpophomeni Conservation Group has finally been published.  My design diva pal, Des, put it together just the way I dreamed it and I think it looks delicious. My friends in Mpophomeni are the…

Wild Greens

Wild Greens are wonderful things. Jam packed with nutrients, often far surpassing that of more commonly eaten leafy greens like Swiss Chard and cabbage. Around here we call them imifino. In other places around South Africa, marog is the common word to describe all manner of leafy greens. Across the globe, many communities seek out the new growth…

Mountain Wheat and Other Wonders

My friend Christeen spends a lot of time in Lesotho.  Recently, she brought me a little packet of wheat grown in the mountains  by one of the women she knows there. Clever Christeen knows exactly the sort of gift I treasure – I was utterly delighted. Lesotho is a completely magical place I think. It has…

Summer Solstice

Many, many years ago, we gave up Christmas. Not being partial to Christianity, Capitalism or Consumerism, it wasn’t very hard.  However, being Cancerian, I do like to lay the table, and celebrating life on Earth can only be a good thing. So, we settled on a Solstice Celebration.   I particularly like the fact that the…

Weeds Glorious Weeds

I love weeding. I’m sure there are plenty of people that consider it a chore, but not me. Firstly, I don’t really mind the weeds in the garden. As a child, I remember admiring the pretty, unwanted plants and telling my Aunt “When I grow up I want a garden full of weeds!”.  She replied, “Well, no one…