Herbalism & Herbal Recipes
Homebrewing: Mead, Wine, and More
Welcome to Pixie's Pocket! I am Amber Shehan, and I am a hobbit-like, tipsy fae creature who resides in Western North Carolina - herbalist, author, educator, brewer of wines and meads, and a lazy gardener.
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When there’s a chill in the air, I soothe myself with a warm cup of tea. I often indulge in strong, black tea like Earl Grey or Irish Breakfast, but there’s something special about spiced Chai. Not only is it creamy and rich, but the spices that lend themselves to the complex flavor are warming and healing.
Grumble. Mumble. I have a fever…a mild one, mind you, and I should be in bed. But I promise I’ll do that in a minute. First I have to tell you about what I am drinking right now. I am drinking some mulled wine. Mulled wine is not just meant to be delicious, hot alcohol for…
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When life gives you lemon cucumbers, make delicious pickles!
The berries on the brambles, the sweet-smelling flowers, the medicinal leaves and herbs of bushes, grass, and briar – the hedgerow weeds and wildflowers have many delights to offer.
Pesto is a perfect way to preserve the wild greens that grow in your yard and garden. Go beyond basil and forage some goodies to include in your next batch!
Summertime means berries, and berries mean jam, wine, and mead. There’s nothing like having a bottle of summer to warm you in the middle of the winter!
Ah, it is late June, and the Mimosa trees are blooming! These pink, fluffy trees are cartoonish but beautiful, looking like “truffula tuft” trees from Dr. Seuss books!
Mint infused sugar is a delicious ingredient for baked goods and all kinds of recipes. It’s a great way to use up an abundant mint harvest!
When you get started with making fermented foods, it is easy to be intimidated. If you weren’t raised with cultured foods in your diet, it is natural to be afraid of making something that might be dangerous to eat.