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Plant Spirit Medicine & Traditional Foods Made Modern

Herbs & Food for Menopause

In traditional cultures menopause marks a time for celebration, for this is when a woman has completed her childbearing years and will move into a deeper level of self-discovery and spiritual awareness. She is now a wise woman.  She will be looked up to and honoured, is counselled for her advice, and her opinions are part of…
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Sour Flour Muffins

“Even oats deserve a soak” -Herbal Mama The benefits of rinsing, soaking, sprouting, and souring grains are plenty; Sourdough is the traditional way of making bread rise. During this slow souring process the grain becomes pre-digested, breaking down most of the gluten in spelt and wheat flours. Soaking, souring or sprouting grains will also break…
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Wild Fermented Salsa

I wanted to call this the “Wild and Weird Salsa”, because of the ingredients, well mostly the one weird ingredient: Pomegranate seeds.  I kept thinking what red vegetable (I know it’s a fruit, I was just relaying my thoughts) would be a symbol for the holiday season. I made a red bell pepper and kale…
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Water Kefir

Did you know that Moonshine was originally named during prohibition when it was made under the “moon shine” so to be hidden at night. That’s NOT what kefir hooch is… at all!  And, I think I may be the only one that calls water kefir juice “Hooch”.  Myself and a dear friend shared a giddy and…
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Festive Fermented Salsa-Kraut

  I made this festive salsa-kraut for a Health Fair and Fundraiser event (raising funds for the Edmonton Food Bank’s Tower Garden project) where I did the quickest 30 minute fermentation demo ever!  I just speedy-chopped the veggies while I talked about the virtues of probiotic, enzyme and nutrient rich ferments… the demise of the…
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Damiana & Herbal Smoke Blends

Damiana herb (Turnera aphrodisiaca), I find very relaxing yet invigorating to smoke. It tastes a bit like incense, but when mixed with other green herbs, it’s a great taste! Smoking Damiana has been shown effective for weaning off cannabis or tobacco, probably because of it’s mild euphoric effects. My ‘Herbal Mama’ smoking blend contains Damiana,…
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Coconut Flour Pancakes (that work!)

4 Eggs (room temperature, that’s how I store mine. Farm to counter.) 3 Tbsp. Oil (olive oil) 1/4 cup Coconut Flour 1/4 cup Milk (coconut milk) 1 Tbsp. Sugar (dehydrated cane sugar or palm sugar) 1/4 tsp. Baking Powder 1/4 tsp. Sea Salt Pre-heat the griddle to medium…. Medium low for a cast iron I…
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Slow Cooker Spagetti Sauce

I am falling in love with my old hand-me-down slow cooker that was given to me by a dear friend who’s mom passed away.  She is someone that I wanted to be in the kitchen with and learn all the things that she knew about food and the KITCHEN!!  This is a regret that I…
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