Plum gummies

I’ve been making superb plum jellies and gummies with my seasonal abundance of backyard plums. There are plums galore at the farmers’ markets at this time of year. On Sunday I saw several different varieties: Black Doris, Fortune, Luisa and more. There are five plum...

Magic milk cultures

My two favourite milk cultures are kefir and Caspian Sea Yoghurt. I’m a big fan of traditionally fermented foods. I love the zing, the flavours and aromas that they add to my everyday meals. And I also love the DIY aspect. I can make kombucha, apple cider vinegar,...

Cabbages: the raw and the cooked

I’ve been appreciating cabbages recently – raw, cooked and sauerkraut. Richard Cato has been selling superb savoy cabbages at Hamilton Farmers’ market. And also at the market, there’s Marea Smith’s delicious GoodBugs sauerkraut. Savoys are among the prettier members...

Parsley and her cousins

I have a favourite plant family. Apiaceae or Umbelliferae – both names are commonly used. It’s also known as the parsley, celery and carrot family. So many plants I love to grow and eat belong to this family. Parsley is my favourite green herb, as readers of this blog...

Free fruit – foraging ethics

I’ve just come home with a bag of superbly ripe mandarins. And they were free. My friends Melissa and David have a huge mandarin tree, which produces far more than their family can eat. It’s having a bumper year. I love foraging. Otherwise known as getting food for...