Wandering the fields and hedgerows, phone left at home. I sense a deep peace and freedom. Unplugged, my awareness stays present with the moment and the elements. Chancing upon a lovely patch of nettle in seed, I gather. Slowly. Methodically. Breathing. The simple act of gathering allows me to sink deep down into my bones. Relaxed. At home I dry them on the floor, then store them for later use. Green and wild, wild and green, oh how it feels to be so serene. [Read more…]
I love Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica), it has so many potential uses in drinks, savoury and dessert recipes. Recently I gathered some young nettle tips, new growth that had appeared after the council had done some recent strimming. Remembering the recipes I used to create when I was a raw food vegan back on the mid 1980s; I thought that I would try and recreate an old recipe from a booklet I wrote from those dietary exploration days called ‘Biogenic Nutrition: A Living Foods Lifestyle‘. This is the result; a nourishing raw, sugar free energy lifting nettle sweet recipe. [Read more…]
Slipping and sliding over the rocks, I eventually hit the edge of the world. “Is it flat” I thought? Peering out to nothing but ocean. And thus began the start of this kelp recipe.
I love kelp! I have it powdered in my daily breakfast smoothie. I add it to my bath; it’s great for the skin. But most of all, I love it in stews, and especially pork stews. If you aren’t anywhere near the coast, then you can always find it in your local Asian grocers, but that really defeats the whole object of foraging for your supper! And shop bought kelp is usually farmed inland, and then flown over from Asia… Hmmm, if needs must, then so be it I suppose… BUT… [Read more…]
Discover how to make a 100% leaf protein from wild green plants, especially stinging nettle (Urtica dioica). In this interview I talk to Michael Cole who has been making Leafu (leaf protein) for many years on his animal-free, rewilded farm in Devon. Michael is considered to be the leading expert in the UK on making leaf protein. [Read more…]
Frank Cook was an herbalist, teacher, botanical explorer, activist and pollinator who turned people on to the abundance nature provides and the ability to self-actualize. In this episode of the Eatweeds Podcast; friends of Frank Cook remember the man and his mission, and how he inspired thousands of people around the world to walk the Green Path. [Read more…]
It’s mid-July and Smooth Sowthistle (Sonchus oleraceus) is cropping up everywhere at the moment. I skip out to my local patch to gather some of these tasty greens. Did you know that sowthistle contains as much antioxidants as blueberries! Yup, I just checked it out, they are an uber super food! [Read more…]
I’ve been pining to return to Laos recently. I left some good friends in the forest there, and I miss them. They taught me things about plants that I will never forget. Simple humble folk who knew the forest in such a deep, intimate way that I felt that I knew nothing. I suppose experiences like that keep me humble. The more I know, the less in fact I do. This recipe is for Pon, one extraordinary human being, whose feet I could have sat at for years learning his plant knowledge. [Read more…]
Food and medicine exist all around us if we have the eyes to see. During this 3 hour London Wild Medicine course, Alex Laird (one of Britain’s most experienced medical herbalists) and Robin Harford (a leading light in the foraging community) will show you the “medicine at your feet”. Forget about buying overpriced herbal remedies from a shop, there is nothing more healing than learning the many uses as food and medicine of the graceful plants that have co-existed with humans for hundreds of years to help heal body, mind and spirit… Read more.
This Edible Seaweed course runs from 11.30am to 2.30pm, and will cover safety, nutrition, history and the numerous ways that you can start bringing seaweeds into your life.
In this interview Craig Holdrege director of The Nature Institute discusses how the methodology of Goethean Science can enhance our ability to observe and experience plants and guide us into a whole different way of knowing and understanding the plant kingdom. [Read more…]