The Hermitage

The warm days are rushing me onwards, from first light of dawn I feel the same pulse and impulse of the ginger sprouting from winter-hidden roots, each day taller, flushing with urgent green to catch the gifts of the sun. It is time to plant, and i have started earlier than in past years. The…

Loquat and Mulberry Cobbler (grain-free; Paleo)

 We stopped in at my mom’s house in town to pick mulberries from the ancient mulberry tree in her front yard.  The tree is huge and covered with berries, but the birds have begun to eat the ripe ones already and we mostly found berries which had just recently fallen.  My mom tempted the girls…

Spring Soup

I have been very much enjoying the warmth and beauty of this 35th spring I have experienced. The garden is covered in flowers, and it is the time when the laurel and live oaks shed their old, tough leaves, and they come down like rain in gusty swirls with each gentle breeze.  One morning I…

Unfolding Spring

Spring is just so beautiful, when the bright little leaves look like lace in the dark forest, and the air is sweet with flowers.   The branches are dripping with blossoms in the unrelenting damp.  The wild herbs have woven themselves into a tapestry of many colored greens, embroidered with delicate flowers. Their names murmur themselves…

2019 Kale Trial

I love to try different varieties side by side because it gives you a good idea of the variability in flavor, appearance, and production. Besides that, i find it fascinating how different varieties can be from one another. They almost have their own personalities.  Just like with meeting people, I will find myself drawn to…

Gardens of Dreams

All around spring is flowering in the branches.  The croaking of the Sandhill cranes will now and then fill the blue-clouded skies as they pass along on their long pilgrimage.  From out of the earth the green force of life is brimming in a flowery haze, all things stretching forth with new, fresh growth.   Except…

Kale, Apple and Cheddar Salad

It was the middle of the night when I seemed to hear the dogs barking in the midst of a dream, gradually drawing me back from an immaterial world and into the loft under the dark rafters. I lay listening for a moment, wanting to roll over and drift back to sleep, but the voices…

Spiced Rice With Fresh Turmeric

Sunday was just about the most awful day possible, beginning very early with a leak in the kitchen roof. All morning I did chores outside in the almost freezing rain, and in the afternoon Mirin and I had to clear brush from the road so we could get a hay delivery to the cows back…

Turmeric-Coconut soup with Calamondins

These are the cold, cold days of January when the fronts come through in the pattern of hot and sticky, silver chilly rain, and then the glittering mornings laced with frost.  The rain has already come through, which is why it hardly ever snows, though it is cold enough to. It leaves a damp, chilly…

Grilled Pork Medallions with Fresh Turmeric and Calamondins

The weather has been mostly cool and beautiful since the December Warm Period is over.  Every December we get a couple of weeks of hot, damp awful weather and everyone starts talking about climate change and doomsday and turns on the AC.  I just plan to start all my eggplants and tomatoes and peppers those…

An Irreverent Ramen

Looking back over the past twelve months, this year has been a difficult year. I think if I had known it would be so fraught with peril, I would have wanted to just give up and stay in bed for all of 2018. It started right out with two long-time friends being so horrible to…

Solstice – Birth and Barley

Erce, Erce, Erce  Mother of all good green growing things. May the barley grow tall and shine like gold. May the milk flow in rivers, And the cattle grow fat in the marrow of their bones. Let the pastures grow tall and be filled with flowers, And the fruit trees be leaning and laden. May…