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 Twitterthe 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

 

 

Comments
28 Responses to “Why I’m here.”
  1. Tristan says:

    Hi there – love the blog! The brownies you wrote about earlier this month looked … well … heart-stoppingly-terrific!

    Anyway…

    My name is Tristan and I run a breakfast blog, Enjoy Life With Breakfast and am continuously looking for passionate contributing writers. I would love it if you’d be interested in posting about your favorite breakfast dish with us. Let me know.

    Thanks!
    Tristan
    enjoylifewithbreakfast.com

  2. Alison says:

    I like your new “about me” page. Sounds like you have a wonderful life!

  3. Shiva says:

    I noticed you on twitter and just went on your site. I absolutely love what you are all about. Can I feature you on my site http://www.thelocalrose.com?
    please email me if you’d like to be on it. blessings to you xx

  4. Kristina King says:

    Oh, yes!!! Thank you and keep living and writing and photographing and cooking and I’ll take heart from it all! xoxo

  5. Renèe A.D. says:

    Jeez Rebecca you are SO COOL!

  6. Cat says:

    Where in LA are you? I live in the South Bay! I am brand new to all this. Do you have a brick-and-mortar shop? Or just online? Oh, I tried to FB you but got an error message.

  7. Cat says:

    Never mind…lol…found the shop link…was just too excited that you’re in LA like me!

  8. Cat says:

    Okay…I take it back…that link also gave me an error message. :( ((

  9. Tammy says:

    Good Day! I am a hospice chaplain that uses essential oils on my patients–especially lavender. Do you have any products or recipes I can use to help the patient feel at peace?

  10. Lilith says:

    I absolutely love your blog! So filled with loveliness…and my Friend Margi from someenergything sent me a link to yours

  11. Nikki says:

    “Or the magic in sitting on your front stoop watching the light change in the morning warming your hands on a steaming cup of coffee and a dream that’s still being woven from the night before. Like I said, practical. ” What wonderful words! Thank you.

  12. Rachelle says:

    I love it, I just saw Rosalee de la Forêt, share your last post and loved it so I had to check out more. In reading your ‘why you are here” part I hear an echo of my youngest daughter who also brings home all found treasures and loves to find wild plants to eat. I have a feeling she might just grow up to be an herbalist as well.

    Glad I found your site, thank you for sharing it.

    cheers!
    Rachelle @ caramelizelife.com

  13. andrea gentl says:

    I love your blog! we are definite kindred spirits!
    xx

  14. Meri says:

    Love your blog, I will definitely use it for some inspirations!

  15. Gina says:

    Inspiring and I agree with your idealology. I’ve been reading/refering to this site for about 3 months. I really love it! and thank you for shedding positive light on unpopular and sometimes darkened areas that we need to embrace and educate ourselves and others. You’ve got an earth sister on the East Coast Rebecca!! Thank you!!

  16. I found your blog through Rosalee’s Marshmallow Post. Still looking for your marshmallows but love all the recipes I’ve found!
    I have some dairy intolerances and on top don’t eat a lot of gluten and I blog over at my own place Sweet Roots. It’s so fun to find another herbal blog with beautiful photography and deliciously gourmet recipes.

  17. Angela says:

    Just found you and I must say that I love your blog, your wit and am finding bit of lovely inspiration here. My favorite catergory you have, “things to eat with a cup of tea in the afternoon”. Perfect!

  18. Angie says:

    Hi Rebecca and fellow blog readers :)
    I found your blog through mountainroseherbs.com. I am new to the organic and herbal world. A few months ago I decided I wanted to learn to make my own soaps, lip balms, and cleaning products. I initially thought of doing this as a sort of hobby. I purchase a few books to learn more about essential oils and their uses. I love to learn so this seemed like a good hobby for me lol. Well here I am months later and I find myself with more questions than answers and a far greater interest than my initial “hobby” idea. Now I am looking into grow lights for an indoor herb garden and purchasing more essential oils than my original plan. I believe I need a mentor lol. Anyhow, I look forward to learning new things from your blog and interacting with you all!
    Angie

  19. Amie says:

    Made the elderberry chutney yesterday…very excited! I now many chutney recipes call to be “aged” for a month or tw0 – is that the case with your recipe as well?

  20. Sarah says:

    Hi, I just found your blog and fell in love :) I’ve devoted the past year to studying the medical side of herbalism, and while it’s been a fascinating journey, it’s also often been overwhelming and exhausting. Your writing has pulled me out of the clinical/business mindset and reminded me of the magic and pure joy that drew me to herbs in the first place. Thank you. I look forward to exploring everything here, trying out some recipes, and keeping up with you in the future.
    Blessings,
    Sarah

    • fairybekk says:

      I just found your comment and, well, thank you. It came at exactly the right time that I needed to hear it <3 :) .

  21. Will you be offering any classes soon!? Im a big fan of your writing and apothecary and would love the opportunity to learn from you!

    Thanks,

    Leslie

    • fairybekk says:

      Hi Leslie,

      yes, I’m putting together a whole list of classes for the new year and they’ll be starting in late January :) .

  22. Karen says:

    Love your blog, writing & recipes!! You’re such a beautiful, magical, inspiring faery!! Thank you for all your life-enhancing work!!

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