Nettle Seed & Dandelion Blossom Energy Bars: Wild Superfood Goodness

My sister-in-law Gloria is an avid rower who races frequently with her Dragon Boat Team. Last year as a special request, she asked for a wildcrafted energy bar. I knew I wanted to make something with nettle seeds (tell you why shortly) but I could never find enough seeds on hand without decimating entire nettle…

Sweet & Savoury Dandelion Rosemary Shortbread

Growing up with Scottish grandparents, shortbread featured heavily in our family celebrations—Christmas, mainly. Each aunt made a version of my grandmother’s standard recipe, while my mother (a defiant non-Celt) makes a light whipped cookie with neon green and red cherry centres. I like my shortbread dense, crazy buttery and undecorated. Not quite like my grandmother’s,…

Another Recipe for Dandelion Fritters (with Emmer!)

It’s spring and the dandelions are cropping up all over Vancouver Island. That means it’s time for dandelion fritters! Now, I know dandelion fritters aren’t exactly news. However, neither are chocolate chip cookies and that hasn’t stopped bakers from sharing a bazillion different recipes online. No one complains about too many cookie options and I…

The Abundance of Wildfood Cuisine!

I’ve been busy in my kitchen preparing for a series of wild food walks and tasting buffets that Gather will be hosting next year in local neighborhoods.  Guided by recipes from old world culinary traditions, pioneer foods and foraging blogs, I’ve brought back a plethora of foraged edibles for experimentation. So far this fall I’ve…

Dandelions: Old as Time & Twice as Tasty

There’s a lot to know about dandelions or Taraxercum, a large genus in the Asteraceae family. They’ve been around forever or at least a good 30 million years and for most of that time they’ve been revered, first by animals and then by people, all over the world. Okay, well I don’t actually know if…