Quinoa ‘n Yucca with Chef Bob

Quinoa ‘n Yucca with Chef Bob

Chef Bob, featured in Wild Living with Sunny: episode 1, came over to help me weave the flavors of North and South America together. It’s almost the full moon, so I took advantage of all the sap running up the plants to harvest a not-yet-flowering Yucca whipplei...
Wild Living with Sunny: episode 1

Wild Living with Sunny: episode 1

Sorry dial-up users…I’ve entered the world of videoblogging. This is the first, in what I hope to be a once-every-other-week show, about wild foods and sustainable lifestyle topics. This first show has all sorts of flubs; like forgetting you can’t...
Fried Black Sage Leaves

Fried Black Sage Leaves

Have some leftover oil from making elderflower fritters? Have a recipe that calls for fried sage leaves? Step out your backdoor and you just might find some black sage (Salvia mellifera). This is a really common plant in this area, and I like to use the tender leaves...
Mariposa Lily Tubers

Mariposa Lily Tubers

The Mariposa Lily is an elegant little plant….but it’s got some substance! Found in the grasslands and coastal sage of the Santa Monica Mountains, we are at the tail end of its flowering period. Mariposa means butterfly in spanish, and there was a large...
California Sagebrush Roasted Chicken

California Sagebrush Roasted Chicken

This simple roasted chicken has turned into one of my favorite meals. California sagebrush (Artemisia californica) is a common plant in the chaparral, and can be used fresh or dried in this recipe. The Chumash call the plant khapshikh and say it brings back pleasant...