Carpobrutus edulis: invasive food & medicine

New wormhole => Carpobrotus edulis (Latin name) Common name in California:  ice plant Common name in South Africa (place of origin):  sour fig, hottentot fig, or sea fig Indigenous names for sour fig (South Africa):  hotnotsvy, suurvy, perdevy and ghaukum As many of you know…this plant is *everywhere* in coastal California. Don’t forget. Invasive plant … Continue reading

The Soul Belongs at Home

If you are dealing with *any* kind of addiction, that is a sign of soul loss. A harm. An assault. An offense. An abuse to your soul. Many people in our culture have experienced multiple assaults to their soul, and things compound, fester, and haunt that person. You can see that the light is not … Continue reading

Wild Blueberry Galette (gluten-free)

My first experiment with a nut-based, gluten-free crust.  I must say.  It was very, very tasty.  Husband said it grew on him and then he was craving it.  My little one gobbled it down.  I enjoyed every crumbly, buttery bite (smile). The crust is not as flaky and crisp as your usual wheat-based galette crust, … Continue reading

Ancestral Blueprints and the Soul of America

This book and I found each other about 6-7 years ago. I was in the throws of running an apothecary in Mississippi, my home state. I was seeing clients…and feeling into the living narratives thoughtfully explained in this book. To say the least, it was affirming. I want to share this book with you. It … Continue reading

Pinole Energy Cakes

A wee bit of kitchen witchery happened tonight.  Thought I’d share. So, what is pinole? As I understand it, the word pinole arrived in California with the early Spanish colonizers who had been in Central America before arriving here. They called the local toasted seed foods they experienced with First Peoples of North America, pinole…as … Continue reading

Super Seed Bars

Cooking and kitchen witchery, to me, are an endless, unraveling narrative…of places I have been…people I have known…and flavors I have explored.  Take this recipe as an example… A friend of mine, from my San Francisco days, gave me this recipe to try.  I was on my way to the desert to camp and needed … Continue reading

For a Friend – For Raw Cacao

Vanilla Orchid * Peppermint Honey * Lavender Citrus * Cloud Forest – Superherbs & Mushrooms * CBD Alchemy * Cacao Alchemy * Appalachian Wild Chai Y’all. I’m helping a friend from Asheville, NC area get the word out regarding his amazing, ethical, organic, and raw chocolate goodness! The thing is, his business is not only … Continue reading

Ginger-Garlic Cabbage Goodness

When my daughter started getting teeth, I began to explore meals that I could rotate throughout the month.  I crowd-sourced ideas on Facebook from my friends.  Many suggested curries. By sifting through their suggestions, some recipes on-line, and my own leanings, I created a Ginger-Garlic Cabbage recipe that has become a staple in our home. … Continue reading

When I Fell in Love with Dosa and Idli

In 2006 I traveled to Tamil Nadu, a region in South India, to visit the long-time social experiment, Auroville.  Back in the 50s a French woman named, the Mother, and Pondicherry native, Sri Aurobindo, created a formula for harmonious living…they launched that vision in the real time with an intentional community. When I visited Auroville, … Continue reading

Donna’s Beets with Walnut Chutney

A little taste of some of my pandemic cooking (hope you all are well). Not survival food, but food for the soul. Very nostalgic making this one. Beets with walnut chutney. This was one of my favorite dishes that they chef (Donna) would make at Southern Dharma Retreat Center when I worked there as Retreat … Continue reading