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This is where I share the knowledge and skills that I have learned or am in the process of learning, in my quest to live more sustainably and to become the best me that I can.

Mallow seeds, a delicious snack

Today I found a tree mallow (Lavatera arborea) covered in seed heads, so I harvested a number of them and fried them up for a few minutes before putting salt and ground cayenne pepper on. You could take the three leaf like structures off of the seed head before...

Pumpkin seed milk

Pumpkin season is almost upon us, and I have discovered a very easy way to use up all those pumpkin seeds that are left over. Turn them into 'milk'. I used the seeds from 2 butternut squashes, this made around 550ml of pumpkin seed milk. Because the butternut seed...

Laundry liquid

I stopped using commercial washing powder a number of years ago because I tend to wash my washing at 30degrees which seems to be too cold to fully dissolve some powders, leaving a whitish residue on dark items. So for years I have been using commercial non-bio laundry...

Butter and tallow candles

With talk of power cuts, ones thoughts turn to candles and alternative forms of light (and heat for that matter) Here is one that Dee spearheaded. He read about making emergency candles from all sorts of things like tins of tuna in oil, cheese wax and butter etc....

How to quickly fix a zip

It can be really annoying when a zip's slider comes free of it's rails. This problem is typically easy to fix if you can find the slider, if not another one can usually be purchased or removed from another zip.For this fix, you will need a needle and some strong...

Dandelion coffee

Roots ready to be chopped Let us be clear about one thing, dandelion root coffee will not give you the same kick as regular coffee, but it makes a pleasant, homemade substitute for decaf. It is also easy to make, and it transforms a weed into a pleasant beverage....

Getting the most out of windfall apples

I know that apple season is coming to an end, and that this post would have been more useful about 2 weeks ago, but anyway, I would like to share here how I got 4 (or 5) products out of apples that were not the best to start with.You will need: Loads of applesA...

Nasturtium capers and haw-sin sauce

Two quick recipes today.Nasturtium capersIngredients Ripe, yet still green nasturtium seedsBrine (100g salt/ liter of water)Spiced vinegar (vinegar that has been steeped with a spice of your choice, eg. pepper corns, mace etc.)MethodPick enough nasturtium seeds as...

Apple Vinegar

This is undoubtedly the easiest, most frugal, most useful and hence the most pleasurable substance that I have made recently. (And it is delicious) This recipe is adapted from Katz's brilliant book 'Wild Fermentation' where he calls it fruit scrap vinegar. I use apple...

Elderberry cordial/syrup and elderberry jam

Stripping elderberries from stems with a forkThis has been the first year in which I have properly utilised the abundance that hangs on elder trees at this time of the year. Now is the time to go find elderberries as the birds are now munching on them. Elderberries...