Echoes of the Garden

Culinary

Without the Broom, You’ve Got the Furze

Given our Noble Interest’s apparent desire to take over the world, it seems to be curiously averse to being in the kitchen. It was used in at least one recipe for pickled buds in the 17th century. However, given its… Continue Reading…

Culinary

A Hopping Good Meal

There are a fair number of uses for our Noble Interest in the kitchen. I must state that I have spent the better part of a day trying to find older recipes (medieval and before) and have been utterly unable… Continue Reading…

Culinary

A Feast To Cry For

Onion recipes abound. They are used in every type of recipe imaginable and in combination with every foodstuff imaginable. From Apicius: FRIED [1] PUMPKIN, SEASONED WITH PEPPER, LOVAGE, CUMIN, ORIGANY, ONION, WINE BROTH AND OIL: STEW THE PUMPKIN [in this]… Continue Reading…

Culinary

A Pot To Cook In

Willow is not used as a food; however, it did make a major contribution to the kitchen. It is believed that the start of fired pottery began when someone who needed to boil water covered their willow basket with clay… Continue Reading…

Culinary

True Blue Treats

Blueberries are and their relatives are very popular in the kitchen. This week my problem wasn’t finding enough good recipes for our Noble Interest, it was narrowing it down to a few. I gave up. The first mention of the… Continue Reading…

Culinary

Sweet Flowers and Pink Cakes

Before we start cooking with our Noble Interest, I would like to point out that this is one of those cases where parts of a plant are edible and parts are toxic. It is not uncommon. Just please be aware… Continue Reading…

Culinary

More Than A Salad To Me

Lettuce was very popular in Ancient Rome. It is said that it was often served twice in a meal although I was unable to find a lettuce dessert from any time period. Have you got anything for me there? Post… Continue Reading…

Culinary

Finders, Eaters

This is the first of our Noble Interests that cannot be bought for the kitchen but must be foraged for. So the first step you must take in order to sample the delights offered here is to find your linden… Continue Reading…

Culinary

A Sweet Harvest

Elderberry has long been as comfortable in the kitchen as it is in the stillroom. It is versatile enough that there is a recipe for every palate.From Apicius; [135] ELDERBERRY CUSTARD OR PIE PATINA DE SAMBUCO [1]A DISH OF ELDERBERRIES,… Continue Reading…

Culinary

Spring Greens

Our Noble Interest of this week has been in the cook’s pot far longer than the cook has been in the kitchen.This recipe is one of the earliest recipes humankind was using. I’ve copied this recipe directly to here only… Continue Reading…

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About Me

About Me

My interest in plants started young. While most of my friends were playing with Barbie or dreaming of horses, I was out in the fields of our farm creating imaginary villages and caching collected seeds, roots and herbs against winter need. When I discovered the library and field guides, I realized that I had found my passion- the interaction between plants and people. While my caching habits have switched to saving more useful plants, some things don’t change. I still …
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