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Volunteers River of Herbs orchards July 2017

Gardening is good for you. Whether inside or out, spring, summer, autumn or winter, it is not difficult to see why. Being in contact with earth, plants, air and water feeds the soul, tones muscles, lifts spirits and aligns us acutely with the cycles of nature. As research about biophilia, horticultural therapy, woodland bathing and . . . → Read More: Green spirit

Ramson mackerel spread

Urbanherbology ramson-mackerel paste

There seems hardly time to do anything except forage and garden at the moment. Spring has truely sprung and wild garlic / ramsons (Allium ursinum) is on my menu each day! As ever,  I can’t get enough of this herb and have been experimenting with how to stretch the harvest.

Mostly, I have been preserving . . . → Read More: Ramson mackerel spread

Great soil for amazing herbs

een-kleine-eetbare-tuin

​​My friend Madelon Oostwoud has written a wonderful book about growing amazing edible perennials in small gardens. Now in its second print, Een Kleine Eetbare Tuin is an absolute treasure trove of gardening information, perfectly tailored to small urban gardens. Her book is published by the KNNV and is widely available to purchase. I highly recommend . . . → Read More: Great soil for amazing herbs

Japanese Quince

Japanese quince

Japanese quince

At first glance it may seem that these early spring weeks are quite dark and dull. But look a little closer and you will see that there are a lot of beautiful flowers around at the moment. Here is one of my Imbolc favourites: Japanese quince (Chaenomeles japonica) Japanse sierkwee.

This plant has edible . . . → Read More: Japanese Quince

Spring Herbs Risotto

Freshly plucked Fennel and Lemonbalm leaves

This time of year provides a bounty of nourishing and tasty spring herbs. Here is one way that I like to cook them – a simple, no-fuss risotto.

Today I harvested two large feathery  Fennel leaves and three verdant tops of Stinging nettle (from Frankendael herb . . . → Read More: Spring Herbs Risotto

Bones, Bites and Bali

Bali lily and water cabbage

As some of you know, I fell from my bike in November and was out of action for quite some time. In short, I broke my cheek bone in several places, took quite a hit on my bum and was rather shaken up. Illness is one of the greatest teachers so naturally lessons were learned. . . . → Read More: Bones, Bites and Bali

River of Herbs @ Pakhuis de Zwijger

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Are you are interested in: Growing edible & medicinal herbs in public spaces, Encouraging pollinating insects into the city, Increasing Urban Food Security, Creating a community food forest, Learning and sharing gardening skills, Creating an edible wildlife corridor through Amsterdam, by planting tiny unused pockets of land?

Then please come along to the River . . . → Read More: River of Herbs @ Pakhuis de Zwijger

Bifurcated Carrots

BifurcatedCarrots.eu is all about seed saving: Why we should do it. Who is doing it already. And how we can do it. It’s run from Amsterdam by Patrick Wiebe and Steph Mandel who seem to be as passionate as me about increasing food security. They keep us up to date on the attempts of government . . . → Read More: Bifurcated Carrots

Sweet Chestnut & Parsnip Risotto

Sweet Chestnut and Parsnip Risotto

I learned on Saturday, from one of my Willow apprenticeship group, that many Japanese cooks like to peel Sweet Chestnuts when raw and add them to rice whilst it cooks. So today I tried it out and wow – what a sensation this cooking combination can create! I intended to take a huge portion of . . . → Read More: Sweet Chestnut & Parsnip Risotto

Autumn Street Treats and Tricks

Turkish Hazelnut Case

The past few weeks have seen a bounty of free street food falling from trees in Amsterdam. I’ve been enjoying Hazelnuts, Hawthorn berries & Sloes (plucked rather than fallen) and Sweet chestnuts – all absolutely delicious when prepared! The nuts and fruit are still there for the taking in many places but if you have . . . → Read More: Autumn Street Treats and Tricks

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