Tapestry 2-1

Tapestry 2-1

Out into nature … With a gorgeous sunny day ahead of us, Abigail, Laureli and I headed for the garden to collect culinary herbs. Our goal was to harvest and discuss aromatic herbs, and each collect enough to season one pot of bone broth. This turned into a long...
Sunshine Soup

Sunshine Soup

Seasonal eating is a big part of how I manage our food supply, so now is the time for squash and pumpkins to take centre stage. As we move toward winter, the daylight hours wane and, in the Pacific Northwest, we also have a lot of cloud cover. Enter seasonal affective...
October Tapestry

October Tapestry

Out into nature … Although the weather forecast was not favourable – heavy rain predicted – we were blessed with a fairly dry window of opportunity for our visit to Clayburn Village. En route we took a small side trip to see a horse chestnut tree (Aesculus...
Historic Clayburn Village

Historic Clayburn Village

Nestled at the base of Sumas Mountain in the Fraser River Valley is a charming spot called Clayburn Village, the first company town in British Columbia. In 1905, the Maclure family built a plant to produce bricks of fireclay taken from the nearby mountainside. The...
Wilds for a September Smoothie

Wilds for a September Smoothie

The hot, rainless summer was emotionally draining. Wildfire smoke choked the air and vegetation withered for lack of moisture. My favourite wild greens offered no comfort; instead they hid their faces. Only purslane seemed to thrive. Now that the rain is back and...
The Tapestry Begins

The Tapestry Begins

First, out into nature … Laureli, Cariana and I headed out at ten o’clock to explore Clayburn Village. We parked by the old schoolhouse since much of the village parking was taken up by trucks and utility vehicles. The usually sleepy place was bustling....
Parsley Power

Parsley Power

I’ve been studying a plant medicine course for the last eight days, and was introduced to a herb recommended for heart health and brain function – gotu kola. This prolific little green grows wildly all over southern Asia and is well know in the herbal...
Purslane and Quinoa

Purslane and Quinoa

Purslane volunteers in my plot every summer, so for weeks on end I come back from the garden with bags of this delicious bonus vegetable. Here is the way I most often prepare it. Omit the meat if you prefer a vegetarian meal, which is equally tasty. Print Purslane and...
Garden Relish

Garden Relish

I’ve been planning to make relish for several weeks now, but my time was eaten up by many other demands. Now, cucumber and zucchini production has slowed and I don’t have enough of either to do a batch of relish. Never mind, I’ll try combining them....
Pumpkin Spice Mousse

Pumpkin Spice Mousse

  Print Pumpkin Spice Mousse Dairy and egg free Servings: 6 Ingredients 1/2 tablespoon gelatin 1/2 cup water filtered 1 can coconut milk organic 2 cups pumpkin or squash baked and cooled 1/4 cup coconut sugar (or substitute stevia) cinnamon, allspice, ginger, cloves,...