A magical night and day with amazing writers/artists from Toronto Bloggers Collective. We played, explored, learned and, shared. Than you for a delicious vegan meal from Copper Branch Bowmanville and Twenty 1 Desserts. Big thanks Central Counties Tourism, York Durham Headwaters & Durham Tourism and everyone who made it happen! View the video.
Sometimes special people come along and give you what you didn't know you needed. What an incredible gift from Shayne Traviss and Timm - a Holi Celebration at the Timm David Shampoo Company. It was a feast for the senses - kundalini movement, meditative music, indian cuisine, flower confetti and a community of people to celebrate with. So much gratitude. View the video.
Soon edible wild plants will be everywhere. It is the perfect time to take advantage of the power of plants to strengthen our immune systems with a high dosage of nutrients. Did you know that every part of the dandelion is edible and full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants? And there are many others plants that can help too... It's easy to make a tea, salad or pesto with wild food. Learn more about plants that heal: www.thehivecentre.ca/
Did you know that every part of the dandelion is edible and full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants? Dried ground roots can be used as a substitute for coffee. Use leaves in a salad and flowers in your favourite cookie recipe. Learn more about plants that heal.
In March, I made it part of my routine to gather maple water from the trees and boil it throughout the day. I also drank the maple water frequently. Full of electrolytes, the fresh maple water kept me alert, hydrated and connected to the earth. The whole process lead to one pitcher of maple syrup!
I am adding more nutrient dense wild plants to my diet. These are some of the foraged greens collected in my yard. I have been sautéing day lilies (smooth green stalks) with wild garlic mustard, stinging nettle and lemon balm. I also enjoy daily teas with chaga, mullein, cedar, olive leaves and other wild plants.
I am always in awe of the natural environment, particularly in Spring when everything begins to bloom. Plants and trees amaze me for their ability to endure and grow despite challenges. Thankfully, I was able to forage for fiddle heads before they became ferns (avant le petite snowstorm). Blink and you miss them – you have to move quickly if you want to enjoy this delicacy (make sure to cook them thoroughly).
Some interesting mushrooms are popping up at The Hive.
Birch Polypore is not considered a delicacy but it is a powerful medicinal mushroom that is anti-viral, anti-parastic and anti-bacterial. Makes a good tea!