Caramelized Rhubarb Mini-Pies topped with Maypop Passionfruit Curd, Glacéed Chinquapin Chestnuts, & Prickly Pear Glaze.
Made these last month for the wedding of a wonderful, beautiful, inspiring couple, @everybodycolors
Dairy and gluten free (crust and crumb top mainly sprouted oat flour, sorghum flour, and sweet potato flour). Filling made from boiling down and caramelizing fresh rhubarb stalk, Iceland style (high heat, constant stirring), flavored with maypop passionfruit syrup and honey. Maypop curd on top made from ripe maypop fruit pulp, sugar, and carrageenan (seaweed-based thickener). Chinquapins peeled by hand, then semi-candied like standard Marron Glacé, boiled in syrup, then oven dried, then soaked in more syrup. Prickly pear glaze from the large-fruited cold hardy Opuntia cactus I'm always going on about.
Made with a lot of love and my favorite rare autumn foods, these were nevertheless just a first try. The texture left something to be desired, the whole thing could have used more maypop, more chinquapin (which could have used a re-boil), more sweetness (I was trying to not go too sweet), and more color (the prickly pear fruit were underripe, so the flesh and the resulting glaze lacked the hot pink color I was going for, though did bring a nice watermelon-like flavor), but most people still seemed to enjoy them. I'm pretty sure I can do better next year.
The wedding in the Pine Barrens was a total blast and it was an honor to be there.
Congratulations Bri & Ethan!
#pinebarrenswedding #weddingdesserts #latergram #briethan #chinquapin #maypop #rhubarb #caramelizedrhubarb #iceland #glutenfree #dairyfree #minipies #cookietable #maypopcurd #sorghumflour #sweetpotatoflour #sproutedoat #organicfood #wildfood #foraging #perennialplants #perennialfood #passifloraincarnata #castaneapumila #opuntia #kitchenexperiment
Herblore. This is a word I keep coming back to again and again. Recently a woman at the store asked me, "are you an herbalist?" And I responded, "kind of". I feel like the term Hedgewitch truly describes what I do, and the term herblore describes the knowledge I hold and foster. The history and folklore of plants to me, is sometimes more exciting than their medicinal uses. Now don't get me wrong, I use herbs daily for health and happiness, but the contexts, or the places where the timeline of their stories dwells, that is my favorite spot to curl up and learn. .
This Winter Solstice season I'm excited to be teaching at Raven and Crone on the folk magical and medicinal uses of plants through wreath making as well as a class on Yuletide Herblore. The wreath classes are sold out, but the Yule class is open to all! Come meet some of the most fragrant and beautiful plants, from Rosehip to Virginia Pine. December 15th, at @ashevilleravenandcrone
#hedgecraft #hedgewitch #appalachia #witch #witchcraft #traditionalwitchcraft #folkmagic #appalachianfolkmagic #herbalism #herbalist #folkherbalism #folkmedicine #folkmagic #foraging #forager
The eastern Canadian coast is a mix of Norwegian and Scottish landscapes, a mix of wild endless spaces with small fishermen villages.
Nine new winter-themed pieces released today: all listed in my Story. DM me if you like anything or get your butts down to @littleheathbarnstudio
this weekend. 🎅🏼
I've been having success using soapnuts instead of laundry liquid so now I'm giving conkers a go. They contain saponins just like soapnuts do and that's what makes the soapy foam (so I read). *
I put 4 conkers in the muslin bag, bashed them with a hammer, soaked them in water for a few minutes them put them in the machine along with the water I soaked them in. *
They seem to have worked just as well as the soapnuts and they didn't need to be imported (so virtually no carbon footprint) and they were free!
Crescent Carob seeds just in time for the Full Moon in Gemini ♊️
Carob Seeds are good replacements for Cacao or Chocolate (okay so NOTHING will ever truly replace chocolate- let’s first get that straight buuuttt Carob seeds and Carob bars are worth trying !! ) 🍫🍫🍫
This full Moon in Gemini (Nov 23)🌜♊️🌛 is also going to be great for communication, with yourself and others, it’s going to highlight issues for you (your light and shadow aspects ) and it’s called a Beaver Moon. Things can happen at a pretty fast rate and may have been doing that for you this November- it’s happened for me that way!! ⠀⠀
#carobseeds #carob #crescent #gemini #fullmooningemini #fastpaced #november #natureislit #foraging #foresttrail
🌾🍂🍁 Whimsicsaly wandering through the woodlands, under canvas of the trees. Flow will always take a map with her, not to guide her but to treasure along the way. Maps are older than written history. The magical in that fact alone is infinite. The seas, the coasts, the mountains and the hills. The woodlands and the forest too. Each sharing, aching and wonderment is hers to explore. In each wood that Flow finds herself within, she's always drawn to the eldest tree, it's the wiseness and the wonders that they may have seen being on earth for hundreds of years. A tree will bow down to Flow and welcome her into new found portals of time. 🍁🍂🌾
•• BEAUTY IS MEDICINE ••
I truly believe in the power of beauty. Not in a self-serving, self-absorbed sort of way, but in a deeply integral ancient way, a capacity for beauty that lives in the marrow of our bones. We as humans are capable of creating so much - with our hands, our voices, our tending, our cooking pots and pans, and even in the way we walk through the world day by day, moving with a grace not meant for our own benefit but in the hopes of offering all the plants, animals, houses, and sidewalks we pass a deep breath of delight. And we are absolutely surrounded by every other being on this earth doing the same. Beauty is fundamental to the warp and weft of the universe. Beauty feeds the world. This is deep deep deep medicine, which is why we have been taught that it’s frivolous, and that superficial beauty is the only kind worth striving for. It’s not true, and we know it. I try to prioritize that in the transformation of plants into medicines in the apothecary and fresh foods into meals in the kitchen every day. Slowing down and taking the time to make something beautiful (like these cordials made for family and friends around the holidays) in the hopes of bringing a little more beauty into the world and sparking that moment of delight in the beholding is a little bit of a radical act in this gray, plastic, hurried age. Productivity is not the pinnacle of success. And our capacity for beauty is far, far more than skin deep. 🧡💛
🍂🍁🌿Bow and arrow in hand, off Flow goes across sea and land. A wander in the woods, climbing Ents to greet them as the sun rises and foraging for natural treasures to take home with her. Flow's mother was a siren, her father was a knightling. When corners of the compass collide, a stardust soul is born. Flow was created through a galactic explosion, leaving her in equal essence of North with the nymphs, East with the earthlings, South with the stags and West with the wolves. Each morning she wakes, one particular essence can override the rest and take her day somewhere she has not yet been, exploring the woods through the eyes of a wolf, smelling the scents only a stag can sense, feeling more connecting to the earth than ever as her earthling soul soars and how naive the world looks from the heart of a woodland nymph. The compass of her essence has stardust pouring through her very veins. She's eternally connected to this celestial sphere. 🌿🍁🍂
🍃🌲🌱 A morning in the woods, bow and arrow in hand, gathering all the natural treasures I can find. It's the time of year for Flow to hibernate and make creations from her hand and heart whilst the wild berry bushes grow and her very hands make and sew. Map scrolls entwined in fern branches and notebook covers made from the bark on the trees, sealed by her grandmother wax seal stamp. Flow forages, free spirited yet today she took a pile of books with her too. One was a scout handbook that Flow found amongst her father's treasures when he was just a boy. She admired the craftsmanship in woodwork and how things had been crafted only by nature and nurturing hands. She taught herself how to make a bush saw for her forest hangers to be made and she learnt the pioneering on knots so she's prepared for an adventure, should her pirate friends call by. Along with cartography curiosity from her great grandfather who was the first cartographer of our time, she also taught herself about air maps, sea charts and celestial maps. She knew in her heart and stardust core that today she is grounded with feet majestically in the ground, yet she felt that there was a calling for her across land and sea, and through an eternal galaxy so she learnt to pioneer her very own spirit and let it lead her to where she was always meant to go... 🌱🌲🍃
The history of Tanacetum parthenium 〰️ Feverfew
It has been used for centuries to treat arthritis, headaches and problems with labor and childbirth. Culpeper stated in 1652 that Venus commands this herb, it is very effective for pains in the head coming of a cold cause, the herb being bruised and applied to the crown of the head. Useful for those that are troubled with melancholy, heaviness or sadness of spirits ✨
GO FORAGING - It doesn’t matter if you don’t find anything. A heart in love with nature never grows old. The plant kingdom is boss.
Alexanders (Smyrnium olusatrum) in their winter growth stage, often laying close to the ground to avoid the harsh weather, often causing the plant to have much thicker stems. The floral parsley flavours of this plant lend themselves to an incredible amount of dishes! #foraged #forager #wildfood #foraging #wildfoodchef #rewild #wild
Rufus keeping guard over the foraged fir 🌲 .
The workshop is looking lovely but there’s just one thing missing and it’s flowers and greenery, sure we have plants but until our arrangements are made up and in place it’s not quite finished. It’s one of those jobs too that can’t be started too early so you never really know what the final effect will be until there are just days to go, still that’s half the fun and something to look forward too :)
If you are interested in joining us on Saturday we are now full up for the opening time of 11am but you’d be welcome to come along in the afternoon from 1 till 3. Please DM me for details x
On the blog (link in bio right now - that is forageandharvest.com/7-thoughts for anyone seeing this in the future).
Into the woods/End of season mushroom picking