Salt pickled cherry blossom

If you’re going to use cherry blossoms. The large frothy ones are just blooming here in the north. They have the most bite/substance and the aromatic marzipan flavour is best before fully opened. I have salted some I picked when the buds were still tight and dark and the aroma is extraordinary

Btw all cherries and all cherry blossom is edible.


Give them a soak to clean, and rinse off the debris then gently pat them dry, save the young leaves and leave stems attached


You can buy a special pot for fermentation or use a plastic food grade bag, or two ceramic bowls, one that fits inside the other. Whatever you use will need to be sterilised.

Use rock or sea salt. I had some pink rock salt I used. Its recommended that you use between 20-25% of the weight of whatever youre preserving. You should weigh carefully to make sure you use enough to inhibit the growth of any bad bacteria. Cover the blossoms evenly with the salt.



I packed mine into a ceramic bowl placing another on top with a weight. I placed a towel over and another bowl with wright on top as i wad leaving ot out on the worktop. You need to leave this for 2 or 3 days in a cool dry dark place


When you go back to this you will notice the aroma I described earlier! You may need to gently squeeze any brine out before placing them in another clean vessel or jar.


Fill with Ume Shiso (plum) or other pickling vinegar so the blossoms are just covered. One way to ensure they stay submerged is to leave enough space at the top to place a bag of water into the jar, if your using a kilner jar the lid screws on over the top do it lightly so as not to tear the bag

DSC_1609Let them sit another 3 days in a dark dry spot. They looked lovely in my cupboard 🙂


Then drain and place out evenly in a single layer to dry on a warm sunny day.


After 3 days of pickling. The smell again is incredible.

After drying pack them in a jar with salt to store in the fridge.

They will keep a long time. Rinse before use as you would capers.

You can use them in a roll with pickled plum, sushi rice and nori for a special spring celebration, you could make a tea from them to go with it.

They are beautiful garnishes and look amazing in clear jelly, and cooked with savoury or sweet rice where they will impart flavour too.I


I am adding pictures of a new batch as I go through the process.







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old pallets

An old post from a previous blog worth sharing again as we’re at that time of year and it kicks off this new waste not want not category nicely!
Permaculture and pallets
I know a few people with a crazy pallet obsession 😀
They can be very useful. I decided to have a go myself.
I was quite keen to introduce more herbs and salad leaves that I use everyday around the kitchen door to ‘zone one’ as the ‘permies’ might say.
It turned out that a couple of spare pallets donated from a friend were perfect for this.
No need to purchase/buy/invest in a single thing. Little effort for a lot of reward.

“The purpose – where I start – is the idea of use. It is not recycling, it’s reuse.” -Issey Miyake

 View from the doorway.
Salads and herbs close to hand.
How much might I be spending on bags of fresh salad leaves and fresh herbs to use everyday?
This has cost absolutely nothing
and I haven’t contributed to any destruction of the environment either through supporting the farming practices that would have been used to grow something I could have bought in a supermarket.
“We live in a disposable society. It’s easier to throw things out than to fix them. We even give it a name – we call it recycling.” -Neil Labute
 No DIY skills needed either turn the pallet over stand it up and secure it with bricks in the bottom or anchor onto the wall.
Makes a useful storage or tidy space too
plant pots sit right in
“There is no away” Barry commoner. 
These are his 4 laws of ecology.
  • Everything Is Connected To Everything Else.  There is one ecosphere for all living organisms and what affects one, affects all.  Humans and other species are connected/dependent on other species.  With this in mind it becomes hard to practise anything other than compassion and harmlessness.
  • Everything Must Go Somewhere.There is no “waste” in nature, and there is no “away” to which things can be thrown.  Everything, such as wood smoke, nuclear waste, carbon emissions, etc., must go somewhere.
  • Nature Knows Best.  Humankind has fashioned technology to improve upon nature, but such change in a natural system is “likely to be detrimental to that system.”
  • There Is No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.  Exploitation of nature will inevitably involve the conversion of resources from useful to useless forms.  In nature, both sides of the equation must balance, for every gain there is a cost, and all debts are eventually paid.
  I have also reused containers from the kitchen that were saved waiting for a use
 My two year old put this little empty pot in here after we’d finished some raspberries. Its *that* easy.
You will undoubtedly have seen this but it always makes me smile
“The world generates about a billion tons of garbage a year. Those who live with it and from it are the poor – like the people of Cateura, Paraguay. And here they are transforming it into beauty. Landfill Harmonic follows the Orchestra as it takes its inspiring spectacle of trash-into-music around the world. Follow the lives of a garbage picker, a music teacher and a group of children from a Paraguayan slum that out of necessity started creating instruments entirely out of garbage. Landfill Harmonic is a beautiful story about the transformative power of music, which also highlights two vital issues of our times: poverty and waste pollution.”

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I made a flower crown.

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First signs of spring and preparing to celebrate Imbolc

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Approaching Midwinter

The light is shortening dramatically now, at 3.30 the daylight is fading and the night is drawing in.


We are almost at Midwinter, already halfway through the darker half of the year.


Around the time of midwinter many celebrate Yule, and or Christmas and the winter solstice

The largest part of the traditions bring a little warmth and cheer in darkness.


Most of out traditions at this time of year are about combating the cold and dark


Reminding ourselves of natures green that stays fresh and lives on seemingly eternal even when all else has diappeared at this time


The decidious trees are stripped bare by harsh biting winds

revealing their core their strength

It’s strange to think that now of all times they have chosen now to be naked and vulnerable

 we know that they are conserving energy to survive


underneath the frost roots are storing that energy, in the warmer quieter earth buried deep, ready to push forward riotously, providing a stronger than ever foundation


I recently celebrated my birthday my 40th birthday

One of the things I chose to do was plant some trees

Bare rooted trees travel well and can be planted now, ready to miraculously unfirl their leaves in spring. If youve bnever planted a tree that looks little more than a stick at this time of year and waited to see if it really is alive in springtime, then you should do it. Magical.


Little saplings that will grow with the challenge of each winter and celebrate each spring with a lush green and blossoms that will be fertilised by pollinators to provide fruit and nuts in summer.

Slowly return the last of their energy to the earth the nutrients in their falling leaves in the Autumn.

Another gift was a reminder of these pollinators, hand carved into an old upcycled lucky silver sixpence. If we’re lucky we will have lots of these for a long time to come.


I have also been making my own presents to gift


and some upcycling