Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Backyard Foraging: Nasturtiums

Special guest blogger Carol Emert talks about nasturtiums!

April 2020

Nasturtiums have been growing in wild abundance in my backyard for years, but I’ve never taken full advantage of them until Covid-19 started gobsmacking my usual notions about our food supply.

As the Bay Area’s incidence curve climbs, my family’s Trader Joe’s habit has come to a screeching halt. Instead, we’re sequestered at home, thinking a lot about minimizing waste and doing more with what exists within the bounds of our house and gardens in Oakland, California.

For this morning’s omelet, I found myself with none of the traditional cooking greens and had no choice but to put nasturtium greens to the test. I’ve long used nasturtium flowers as garnish, and occasionally added the greens as a flavorful supplement to salad. But I’d always considered nasturtiums an intense, peppery novelty -- not a vegetable.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Brew Yer Own Part 2

Here are some photos as a follow-up to my Brew Yer Own post from a few days ago!




Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Brew Yer Own

UPDATE: I added some step-by-step photos here.

Today is April 1, "April Fool's Day".

My Facebook feed is full of jokes about governments banning sales of alcohol.

It must be a joke, because it could never happen, right?


It can happen, and it is happening in some places. And in other places, alcohol production and distribution are being deemed "non-essential". (Beer production and distribution will stop in Nuevo León)

I think this is a poor choice. Alcohol is an excellent and safe anti-anxiety treatment for many of us.

Which is why if you drink, now would be a good time to try your hand at brewing.


Keep reading and I'll tell you how to turn a bottle of apple juice into hard apple cider!