Roselle Honey BBQ Sauce

This is the season of dry, whirling wind, of butterflies and ragged grass, tall plumes of dog fennel, yellow flowers, and change. Lime rock dust hangs over the country roads like fog, and in the quiet nights the almost cool wind stirs the mixing bowl clouds around the hesitating moon. In the hot afternoons, the…

TRAVEL JOURNAL 6: THE MAGIC HOUSE

We wake up the next morning and hear roosters crowing in the yard. I have missed animals. There are chickens, a friendly barn cat, a playful dog with beautiful ice-blue eyes, two cows, a donkey that trumpets loudly from time to time, and a draft horse. The farm here specializes in training draft animals. There…

Chicken and Parsley Root with Pesto and Pink Peppercorns

For several weeks now i have been hearing the scream of a chicken in the night, whereupon i climb down the loft and rush outside, holding aloft a dim little lantern like the Statue of Liberty to where the dogs are already silently loping through the darkness. Nothing has been discovered until morning, and only…

Harvest

This year has lacked a dry season, making the pastures already green and beautiful and filled with flowers.  Walking through the cow-paths, the starry Erigeron flowers swirl past in a green galaxy of grass. It isn’t the usual hot, blue, open skies of May, but chased all over with piled up clouds shadowed with silver…

Goat Stew with Parsnips and Raisins

More than a week ago now i woke up to a grim grey sky. I started the chores right away, hoping to be inside by Calcifer when the rain started. Things went quickly, despite the usual difficulties of the brooder lamp flickering out for the little ducks, and wading awkwardly through the 100 little meat…

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…

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…

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…

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…