Kohlrabi Fritters

Kohlrabi is an alien-looking summer vegetable-you pick one out at the farmer’ s market and have no idea what to do with it. This season marker my first experience diving deep into the vegetable that’s related to the cabbage family and I’ve been enjoying coming up with interesting ways to cook it. Continue reading

Cajun-Style Spicy White and Black Beans (Adapted from Mama Ella’s White Beans)

Cajun food is close to my heart since my mom I from Louisiana and recently after a long and grey cloudy day, I decided to make a recipe that’s pretty familiar to me: spicy beans and rice. I have a great cookbook for Cajun food by Elizabeth Choate (Yes, from the TV show Swamp People!) that featured a delicious looking recipe for Mama Ella’s White Beans, so I decided to adapt that. I made a couple of changes based off of what was in my pantry at the time, but I bet the original recipe is finger-lickin’ good! Continue reading

How to Eat a Cactus

Have you ever eaten cactus? I’ve tried it once before and the thorns and sheer alien-quality of the meal made it hard to enjoy. Luckily, this great article shares tips for eating cactus and surviving the process. I’ll have to try cactus again!

My Heart of Mexico

Have you ever eaten a cactus? It may seem too exotic or even scary to even think about eating a cactus, but it’s actually a delicious and healthy food. This is one way we eat cactus in Mexico!

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Sumac Juice [Foraging]

If you’re into foraging, you won’t want to miss Sumac season! Here’s a great article about foraging the plant, where to find it and how to use it. It even includes a recipe for making Sumac juice!

Sharon Boddy

Thanks (or apologies if you detest pithy wordplay) to Phil Collins’ Sussudio for the punspiration.

Sumac berries are clustered together in heads that easily come loose when the heads are rubbed together. Sumac berries are clustered together in heads that easily come loose when the heads are rubbed together.

Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina) Key identifiers: tight, red to deep purple flower heads; branches have a velvety texture, like the antlers of young male deer, hence its name.

Allergy alert! Sumac is a mild allergen so those who are hypersensitive to poisonous varieties, such as poison ivy and poison sumac, might also have a reaction to safe sumac. If in doubt, don’t ingest it.  

How to make sumac juice: The short version

3 cups sumac berries (unwashed)

4½ cups cold water (hot water destroys the flavour)

Sweetener of choice

Tamp the berries down into your blender then add the water. Start on a slow speed. Blend until the berries are soaked. If you don’t have a blender, muddle the…

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