Chocolate-thyme flapjacks

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There are two thymes in the world. There’s the thyme that that carries on a warm summer breeze, flowers waving in the wind. It’s the thyme that hangs in bunches from rafters, and that scents chowders and stews. It’s the thyme that intoxicates you when you least expect it. The other thyme– thyme number two– sits in [...]

And then the rains came

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“And as he drove on, the rain clouds dragged down the sky after him for, though he did not know it, Rob McKenna was a Rain God. All he knew was that his working days were miserable and he had a succession of lousy holidays. All the clouds knew was that they loved him and [...]

White Sage Oatcakes

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(powerful and gentle: a trait shared by fantastic herbs and humans alike) My favourite white sage patch is a long way away. A 40 minute drive from civilisation, and then a 2 hour hike through yerba santa, juniper and pinyon forests, a couple of stream crossings, through some scratchy bushes, until finally you emerge into [...]

Banana-almond muffins

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Some things are just meant to be eaten on top of a mountain. You know, picnic style. With the cold wind whipping around your face, and the ocean far away in front of you, and the sweat on your back starting to chill but not enough that you need to get moving again. Mountain top [...]

Goat cheese cake: Tourteau de Chevre

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This is my friend Leandra. It was her birthday last week, and, once again, I volunteered (read: bulldozed) my services to make a cake. Except making a cake for Leandra is slightly difficult as she is allergic to cow’s milk protein. It’s a relatively unknown allergy– most people hear ‘allergic to dairy’ and think that [...]

Buckwheat Beer Crepes

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Buckwheat and beer crepes. When I was five, I had a friend named Laura Penny. She lived on a little farm just outside London. To me, as a five-year-old, her house was the coolest house ever. There were 2 staircases for starters, so when you’d play hide and seek or tag, you could chase each [...]