Black Cherry Clafoutis: A Native Florida Custard Cake

I am always unprepared for the intensity of this season, ruled by the sun and violent storms. The heat feels suffocating and damp, and when the wind blows, it is a hot wind. Every day the shining white clouds build up into flickering, violet storms piled high in the hazy sky, and where they break…

Spiderwort Soda, A Magical Elixer

I have always been enchanted with the herb Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohioensis I think is the Latin).  The thin, succulent leaves,  like grass leaves,  poke out at a pixie-like angle,  and the luminous blue three-petaled flowers, each petal delicate like a fairy’s wing, whose color delights the eye and changes even as you stare, shifting between blue…

Wild Chickweed Salad with Ranch-Style Dressing

All around the earth is greening. The forest looks lacy with new leaves,  and the pastures have begun to grow.  Not only have the summer grasses thrown off their winter sleep and have started to poke up their heads and send out new shoots, all the pretty weeds of spring decorate the ground between the…

CHANTERELLES: A French Recipe For Wild-harvested Mushrooms

  The goats have been escaping.  They are penned in with electric netting in an area of about five woodland acres, loaded with new, brushy growth and grape vines.  It should be goat heaven, but they can’t stand to stay in for more than a few hours.  I am going in, walking the fences to…

Wild Plum Harvest

This is the time when the wild plums are dripping from the branches.  They are tart, glowing and fragrant.  Some trees bear large fruits, some small.  Some are red and some are yellow.  It is interesting to taste each tree’s offering, getting a different mix of sweet, tart, and bitter plum flavor with each one. …

Wild-harvested Stuffed Grape Leaves

I’ve always wanted to try making my own brined, pickled grape leaves.  Not only are the ones in the store shockingly expensive, they are not organic and have weird preservatives. I always loved stuffed grape leaves, but I haven’t made them in years. This spring the wild grape leaves in the forest looked so green…

Eating Weeds

Anyone who has known me from childhood will remember that gathering and eating weeds has always been something I’ve done.  I would run all over our apartment complex, finding edible plants to make picnics and feasts for my friends and family – and I still do!  This time of year some of my favorite edible…