Spring Delights

Early spring is rich with the spirit of vitality and new growth.  Green shoots burst forth from an awakened soil, as cellular energy moves skyward.  Many of the plants that are too bitter to eat later in the season, are tender and sweet in this early growth stage, and packed with nutrients. Young Burdock [...]

2019-04-25T19:42:19-04:00April 25th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

February Visions

January encourages us to peek at our potential and polish our dreams, but if new year’s herald of promised change has faded a little, and you would rather stay under the covers than, embrace possibility, I encourage you to get to know the linden flower, or lime flower, as its know in Europe. The Taste....Tilia [...]

2019-02-12T21:53:54-04:00February 12th, 2019|blog, Recipes, winter|0 Comments

Bay Leaf Bon Bons

Tucked away in a plant packed corner of my mum’s garden oasis is an abundant bay tree, or sweet bay.  On summer visits to London, I am usually in town, when this vintage tree is having its annual pruning by the gardener.  So many leaves and branches end up being composted; as I never have [...]

2018-11-21T17:22:59-04:00November 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|2 Comments

How To Eat The Wild Rose

Being in the right place at the right time is everything, especially when it comes to finding a herb, when it is seemingly looking for you!  Last week while spending 24 hours on Shelter Island, I had the privilege to discover  the beautiful, Rosa Rugosa.   Having just completed teaching at Sylvestor Manor, I was [...]

2018-06-25T21:28:45-04:00June 25th, 2018|blog|0 Comments

Wild Spring

Rumor has it, that it's Spring! Those living on the East Coast may beg to differ. New Yorkers have been wrapped up in scarves and down filled coats for months now, and the sniffles and coughs of the winter season are still lingering. Nature is moving forward in spite of the dipped temperatures and signs [...]

2018-04-09T08:59:55-04:00April 9th, 2018|Recipes, Seasonal Change, Spring|1 Comment

Holiday Herbal Treats

Burdock Latkes: I admit that this recipe is about 9 days late, but latkes taste good at any time of year, so I am allowing myself a little "holiday" poetic license. For those that don't know, latkes are the traditional food eaten at the time of Chanukah, which finished two days ago!  Usually, latkes are [...]

2017-12-29T06:52:50-04:00December 23rd, 2017|blog, Burdock, Holiday Treats, Recipes|0 Comments

The Magic Of Blue Vervain

This herb holds itself tall and straight, on a long narrow stem. If you were to flick it with your finger, the plant would bounce back without a flinch. There's a tension in its stature. When I was at Herb School, I learnt that blue vervain was useful for those who hold stress in their neck [...]

2018-01-04T13:38:08-04:00October 29th, 2017|blog, Blue Vervain, Sleep|0 Comments

Early Fall Treasures

Fall has officially arrived, although its a little hard to believe, given the 80+ degree temperatures we are experiencing as we catch the last few whisps of summer air. This is goldenrod time!  These are the bright yellow blooms you have been seeing since mid August. There are over 150 varieties of this plant but, [...]

2017-09-29T22:34:38-04:00September 29th, 2017|blog, goldenrod, Recipes|0 Comments

Its All About The Blooms

Wearing this season’s finest floral confections, the Cherry Trees, Redbuds and Dogwoods are in an abundant springtime expression. Walk through any park right now, ands it’s as if we have all been granted an invitation to the most exclusive Debutante Ball, with each tree in couture, branches bowed under the weight of blooms and unfurling [...]

2017-12-29T13:30:24-04:00April 28th, 2017|Recipes, Spring, violet|0 Comments

Herbal Valentine

A few years ago, while walking past a Supermarket, I spotted this unlikely couple on the sidewalk. The raspberry and the strawberry were next to the garbage cans from the store, but, far enough away from other visual disturbances for me to notice them while others passed them by.  I always knew that these [...]

2017-03-07T23:35:03-04:00February 14th, 2017|blog, Recipes|0 Comments