Culturing Vegetables

While it seems cultured foods have popped up as the latest health food trend these last few years (Kombucha anyone?) that are considered expensive “specialty” foods & drinks, fermented products used to be known as food for the poor. Yes, that’s right.  Naturally fermented foods were borne out of necessity: lack of refrigeration. You see…

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The Amazon Jungle of Ecuador

The first steps I took in the Andes of Ecuador were like walking through thick molasses. Immediately I had no choice but to slow down.  Literally.  Adjusting to altitude pressure is a peculiar experience.  Though I wanted to move fast, I had no choice but to move in slow motion.  The altitude in Quito is…

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Herbs for Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease

With so many cases of Hand, Foot & Mouth (HFMD) Disease causing a stir in my home community I’m compelled to write about this common infection – namely to let folks know that it is not as dreadful as it’s name. First, this illness is not related to Foot & Mouth Disease (aka Hoof & Mouth Disease)…

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Autumn Rituals: a respiratory tonic

Autumn is definitely my favourite season. While some feel overwhelmed by the chores the season brings, I relish them. I adore decanting, pressing, and bottling all my creations from spring and summer. Nothing is more satisfying for me then sitting back and admiring these herbal potions made with all the plants fresh  and in their prime. As…

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