Wild Woodlands Morning Brew

Wild Woodlands Morning Brew

There’s nothing like breathing in the richness of the forest while waking up to the beauty all around us. Witnessing dawn erupting in shades of magenta and gold over the horizon while immersed in the taste of the pine trees and oak forest is an incomparable experience that even the most hardcore coffee junkies should take a morning to gift themselves with. No, it won’t send you out of the door in 30 seconds or less on an adrenalin high from hell, or keep you awake for that all nighter you’re about to pull.  Instead, it’s more likely to center you in the present, open up your lungs and your heart to the possibilities of the day, while warming your limbs and bringing the forest into your body and soul. I have chosen common woodland plants for this...

Sweet Medicine: An Overview of Honeyed Healing and Sensory Delight

Sweet Medicine: An Overview of Honeyed Healing and Sensory Delight

  The taste of a drop of rich wildflower honey, a lick of peach elixir or a sip of spice infused cordial is sensual, comforting and ecstatic all at once. Humans crave and love all things sweet, and while it’s clear that this is the taste most easily overdone and abused, it still retains its own medicine and magic.  Bees, maple trees, beets and other sweet creatures gift us with their rich blessings, and when used wisely they can be powerful allies in the healing process and add a special magic to the amazing sensory experience that is life. I’ve chosen to do a general overview of a wide variety of Sweet Medicines this month’s blogparty post, including recipes, tips and insights where appropriate. My favorite sweet medicines are always those...

Primal Flax Donuts – Four Variations

Primal Flax Donuts – Four Variations

We’re celebrating my 29th birthday today with an amazing meal, and one of the stars at the center of it all are these amazing primal (or nearly so) donuts (which also happen to be gluten free). I’ve done four variations in this recipe, and they were all amazing, with the Blueberry/Pecan being the most hardcore primal and the Chocolate having the best texture and the Vanilla Maple (w/ or w/o Pecans) being the sweetest and perhaps most reminscent of traditional bakery donuts. All of these though, are firm and nutty, with a rich flavor and satiating effect that the carb rings and krispy kremes just can’t even begin to compete with. I actually prefer them to commercial donuts, and even the pickiest dessert eaters take very well to these delectable...

Smooth & Creamy Winter Squash Delight

Smooth & Creamy Winter Squash Delight

All Winter long, we keep baked apples and winter squash roasting away in the wood stove. They get distributed into nearly every meal and snack, along with copious amounts of spices and butter for a special cold season delight that warms both belly and soul. We don’t eat flour based pastas and so find spaghetti and gila squashes to be a great base for tomatoey or creamy sauces as well as thick stews. They also make phenomenal desserts and soups when creamed. This recipe is one of my all-time favorite winter snacks and it’s so simple! The combo of smooth, sweet squash and savory, creamy nut butter is rich and nourishing. It also totally fulfills my craving for something comforting without being too carby or sweet. I sometimes make this as a quick lunch...

Acorn Meal – Essential Nourishment of the Southwest

Acorns are one of the great traditional foods of the Southwest, they have been savored from peoples as varied as the indigenous peoples of southern California to the Irish settlers of New Mexico. I cannot speak for the Oaks of other parts of the country, but I can say quite definitively that the acorns of my home region are of unparalleled tastiness. In fact, I prefer them over every other nut I have ever tasted and that covers quite a range. While I once preferred Hazelnuts, I have been slowly but surely won over by the local acorns and pine nuts to the point that other nuts almost seem strange to eat. There is the unfortunate misconception that acorns are always very bitter, but this is simply not true. ~No boiling or leaching necessary!~ Our acorns need but...

Banana Acorn Cake (Flourless, Gluten-Free)

This is SO yummy and quick to make. It’s not exactly low-carb but it is free of grains. If you’d like it to be less dense you can add a tsp or so of baking powder, but I like it this way. 1/4 Cup acorn meal 1/4 Cup cocoa 1/2 tsp salt 1/3 Cup unrefined coconut oil 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup or Honey 2/3 Cup mashed bananas 1 egg 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional) Mix dry ingredients together, then mix wet ingredients together, then mix all incredients together. Pour into pre-oiled pan (a smallish bread pan works good) and cook for appr. 20 minutes at 350. Keep in mind we use a wood stove, so I’m guessing on the temp It’s lovely with chocolate added, or some cardamom and ginger or grated orange peel. Yum,...