Beauty of the Dark

Beauty of the Dark

‘Tis Samhain, and the veil is thin. Remember your beloved’s who have passed on. The oaks have turned earth/air/fire/water and more into lovely acorns, and I went to pay homage to Grandmother Oak for her gifts this morning…she is an elder among oaks...
Prick or Treat

Prick or Treat

Happy Halloween! I couldn’t resist the title. Looking for some sweet treats for Hallowmas? Would you like to honor and feed your ancestors with some wild treats? Here are a few ideas. The first is a delicious prickly pear cheesecake, that really held its...
Prickly Pear Stucco ‘n a Side ‘o Barbecue Sauce

Prickly Pear Stucco ‘n a Side ‘o Barbecue Sauce

(Photo courtesy Mikey Sklar) What a prickly trip! Mikey Sklar emailed me about his adventures making stucco out of prickly pear paddles. He and his girlfriend Wendy Tremayne are building an off-grid, eco-friendly bed & breakfast called Green Acre, in Truth or...
Prickly Pear Conserve

Prickly Pear Conserve

Another fine recipe idea from Carolyn Niethammer’s The Prickly Pear Cookbook. Original recipe calls for walnuts and pineapple, but I think this conserve tastes delicious and uses local ingredients available here in southern California right now. It’s...
Prickly Pear Onion Jam

Prickly Pear Onion Jam

This recipe comes from a wonderful cookbook called The Prickly Pear Cookbook by Carolyn Niethammer. The original recipe calls for red-wine vinegar, but I had made some Mexican elderberry (Sambucus mexicana) vinegar previously, so used that instead. A whole chicken was...