gather and grow

Homegrown, hand-spun living in the city

This is the best part about the Scandinavian summer, if you ask me. Nothing beats eating the summer’s first handful of ripe wild blueberries fresh from the woods. When the sun is shining and the forest floor is blue with tiny blue berries, a self-confessed berry addict like me will easily spend an hour or …

Continue reading

The theme of this weekend was local food — both cultivated and wild. Farm-to-fork and, hmm, forest-to-fork food, if you will. Urban wild food foraging is something I’d already been introduced to when we were still living in Portland. I’ve written here before about my adventures with nettles, dandelion and cat’s ear, and elderflower. Alas, …

Continue reading

We’re traveling from monsoon-drenched mountains to the dry desert of Rajasthan today. The last three weeks in the hills around Dehra Dun — first volunteering at Navdanya, then quieting down my mind on a retreat — have been (mostly) a relief from Indian summer heat. The dramatic downpours have brought with them cool, comfortable breezes. …

Continue reading

Elderberry (Sambucus) flowers always reminds me of the times when, visiting friends in Austria or staying at Dan’s grandmother’s childhood home in Northern Italy, I have enjoyed glass after glass of elderflower cordial mixed with mineral water. It’s the perfect summer afternoon drink, with a unique flavor. There’s nothing quite like drinking flowers. We do …

Continue reading