For Lisa   Well folks it is official, this is the year of the bountiful cornucopia, the horn of plenty in Southern Ontario. The year of abundance that every wildcrafter, harvester in the wild, dreams about. With all the rain and sun and rain and sun and rain and sun and warmth and rain (and […]

Amanita Muscaria Pine woods

 Wild Mushroom Hunt- a Father Son Moment I have been a single father, for, well feels like, Forever. In reality only for this last incarnation the past 2 decades. There was one incarnation where I was a sculptor, then I did an incarnation as a craftsman, then, when I was in my early 40’s, I became a father. […]

Candied Wild Ginger 2013-Apothecary's Garden

Wild Ginger – Asarum Canadense,Ontario Since I posted my recipe for candied wild Ginger made from dry wild Ginger, I have been itching to make the “from fresh” version. I had to be patient, waiting till it had finished flowering and seeding itself, it seemed the polite, considerate thing to do. No one likes to be […]

Well, finally, after what seems like months of babying, nurturing and feeding my dandelion wine during its primary fermentation, stretching it out for many weeks more than it is usually called for, I have given it its final racking and taken it down to the cool basement to sit for the next few months. I hope the […]

  Well, finally, after what seems like months of babying, nurturing and feeding my dandelion wine during its primary fermentation, stretching it out for many weeks more than it is usually called for, I have given it it’s final racking, and taken it down to the cool basement to sit for the next few months. […]

I must admit the resulting candied recipe from fresh Wild Ginger is a little different. A little more succulent and tender than the same product from dry. They both have the same level of yumminess, taste and fragrance, but the winter version from dried is a tad, well, drier. Chewier.

Angelica Archangelica flowering -Apothecary's Garden, May 2013

Angelica Archangelica. There was no waffling or indecision when whoever it was, came up with the name for this stately and aromatic plant, Angelica Archangelica. Ruled by the Sun, Angelica is a fragrant, medicinal and culinary delight in all its parts. Medicinally it is a specific for all things digestion related, yet also excellent  for respiratory […]