Fire Cider and other Drinks

fc2Fire cider was invented in the 1980s by American herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, and has since become pretty famous as a winter tonic. There‘s no exact recipe as such – the only staples tend to be onions, garlic, chilli, raw apple cider vinegar, and honey. And I should point out that despite the name, fire cider isn’t alcoholic, although a slug or two of whisky or brandy added to a shot of it certainly wouldn’t go amiss on a dark night.

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Yard to Table

20140726_123215I’ve been a fan of Farm to Table for many years. But there’s something even older and better- Yard to Table. Not only do you control your food source, but you do so at a significant financial savings. Plus- how tasty is food picked just moments before use? Here, it’s the end of July and the garden is in full swing. But what can we do with all the bounty?  (For more info on gardening, see my many other posts)

Setting a goal to use mostly items grown at home is a bigger challenge than the actual growing part. While anyone can go to the grocery store and pick up pretty much any ingredient at any time of year- sometimes shipped thousands of miles from where it’s in season, making use of only what you can harvest at that moment is quite difficult. Sometimes the lack of variety is an issue, but right now- it’s the abundance of a few items such as the ever proliferate zucchini.

So, when Ami came to visit – the “original” vegetarian friend- I decided yard to table was happening. Here’s what I cooked up (pun intended).

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Round 2: The Warm

2014_20140424_0085 What’s growing in early summer? I realized that I’ve neglected to update this site, usually relying on en locale updates to facebook as I’m working in the garden.

My last post was about what was happening in the cool Connecticut springtime   …which isn’t much. But now that we’re in June, things are a little different. -But only a little.  I’ve been watching the facebook feed of all the local farms, CSA, markets, etc…   Yes, facebook can actually be useful if you use it like that! Most farmers agree that the crops (most, but not all) seem to be growing very slowly right now. I’m glad it’s not just me

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