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

ReSTOCKing the Freezer: Bone Broth

I started off this week by reSTOCKing the freezer with bone broth (you see that little pun nestled in there?  Aw yeah). Chicken back, two chicken feet, some old turkey bones, kombu seaweed.  All of these meats/bones are from a local, traditional farmer. I then add a splash of apple cider vinegar.  Some sea salt.  … Continue reading

The Modern, Manufactured Woman

A rant?  A poem?  You chose. The modern manufacturing of the detached, disempowered feminine We try to suppress her cycles with birth control pills. We don’t give her space or support to breastfeed. We expect her to be back at work two weeks after birth. We don’t give her space to feel, grieve, express her … Continue reading

Peanut Butter Paves

It was 2007.  San Francisco.  Coconut butter had just come on the scene.  For me, at least.  I stuffed dates with its textured, coconut-fleshy fat goodness and dunked them in chocolate to cool and harden (and soon after, completely devoured). About that time, my friend shared some recipes with that illuminated some alternative fudge-making ways … Continue reading

Dear Madhupa Maypop, Thank you & Farewell

I finally got around to changing the name of my website. Many of you know about my site, Madhupa Maypop. There have been so many mispronunciations and question marks about this name, that it’s just high time to change it. And, it’s high time to step into my own name. It’s newness. It’s rightness. It’s … Continue reading

Wintertime Motto: An Ounce of Prevention

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  ~ Benjamin Franklin Every winter, I sense that the viruses going around — flus and colds — well, I sense that they are getting worse.  Partly, I blame the hyper-speed we Americans seem to move at (especially during the holidays).  I also look to our … Continue reading