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PIGEONS AND THE DOVECOT, Part I©

The reader may well ask what a dovecot is since this structure is rarely seen today although it served an important purpose in times past.  They were intended to house the dovecot pigeon which when delicately prepared graced many a serving platter.  770 more words

19th Century Food

Between the lines

By far the most exciting thing to happen to me in the middle of a rainy and slightly frustrating week was the publication of my new book. 775 more words

Kitchen Garden

SUMAC: Grow Your Own Spice©

I love to experiment with new spices especially one I can plant and have it return year after year for my endless enjoyment.  My most recent venture into the land of perennial foods is sumac.  1,370 more words

New Dairy Goat

Last week we welcomed home our new Great Pyrenees, Mud.  He is doing really well settling into his new lifestyle and getting used to people surprisingly quickly for a mostly feral unsocialized 11 month old dog.   574 more words

Self Sufficiency

Garden words: Purely for medicinal purposes

The Gardener’s Companion to Medicinal Plants
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Confession time: I do like to self-medicate.

Not, I must hastily add, in the alcoholic sense (well, not very often and only in extremis). 705 more words

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Thistle Salad Days©

The title of this post came from “Blackwood’s Magazine” Feb. 1895.  “…the French public was browsing the thistles of the Vicomte d’Arlincourt, or of ‘Lord R’Hoone’ (otherwise Honoré de Balzac himself in his thistle-salad days)…”.  932 more words

19th Century Food

A Quick Discourse on Elderberries©

Elderberries have been planted around farms and harvested for home use and for taking to market since the 18th century and probably much earlier.  They are found wild throughout much of the country and have been used for generations to make various things, wine and cordial perhaps being the most common.  1,627 more words

19th Century Food