Why I’m here.
Hi, I’m Rebecca.
I am a Scottish girl who lives in the wilds of Los Angeles, where I spend my time cooking up a storm, painting, running my little business, and getting very messy most of the time. I work as a folk herbalist, gathering herbs, seeing clients, and concocting magic healing potions.
I like words (like gloaming and abhorrent), and colours (like international klein blue and magenta), and plants (like yarrow and sage). I’ve been known to return home from long hikes with pet rocks and feathers and bones. I like wild things- patches of moss creeping up the sides of buildings and overgrown gardens that make Home Owners Associations uncomfortable. I like weeds like nobody’s business. Oh, and the sea. I like the sea. I think the majority of my childhood can be chronicled by an adventure at one edge of an ocean or another. Which reminds me- I tend to travel quite a lot too.
This blog is where I share my interests: I write about cooking with the wild things that grow in my area. I write about the adventures I go on to gather them. I write about foods made with medicinal herbs, most of which are easy to pick up and work with, about things that inspire me, and about the places I travel to. And, most importantly, I write about folk herbalism: remedies, plants, things that grow under our feet and how you can use them. About the intimate connection between food and medicine, on the importance of connecting to where we live and reclaiming this knowledge that has faded into disuse.
You’ll see two main categories up at the top there: one is ‘Apothecary: a medicine cabinet in your kitchen’ and the other is ‘Forage: Gathering and cooking wild things’. The former is about culinary herbs and their medicinal properties- things like basil, thyme, garlic and ginger. I write about what they DO in the context of recipes, while trying to keep it simple. I’m not so much interested in teaching people how to be professional herbalists as I am conveying little snippets of information– then maybe a picture will gradually form and before you know it you’ll find yourself making a cup of basil tea next time you can’t concentrate. The latter category is about foods and herbs that I gather locally. Often these wild foods have medicinal properties, and so the categories will overlap. More often than not, though, they’re just delicious, interesting, or reminiscent of a specific place and time.
If you’re stopping by then come on in, leave a comment, say hello. You can also subscribe to Cauldrons & Crockpots so that you can find it again easily. If you’d like to make one of my recipes but don’t have access to a wild ingredient in your area, email me, or get in contact on Facebook or Twitter- the internet community is immensely knowledgeable so if I can’t suggest something local to you, I’m sure someone out there can.
If you’re desperate to get your hands on something I’ve been waxing poetic about, or want to try some of my creations, check out my herbal CSA box in which I mail out things like infused honeys, salves, teas, sprays, scrubs, smells and spice mixes.
And I love to hear from you guys, so don’t be afraid to shoot me an email to
Rebecca <at> kingsroadapothecary <dot> com