Juniper hummus

Hummus with juniper(Juniperus communis) has always been in association with the darkest times of the year – winter solstice. One of the reasons is that now there istn´t any other berries available and there is plenty of time to pick the tiny berries hidden inbetween spiky needles. The berries can be picked whole year round but in summertime there are so many others to pick anyway so it might be difficult to find time for juniper.  … More Juniper hummus

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Perfect shampoo for travelling?

It can be annoying if oversized shampoo bottle is taken away or while hiking it decides to leak in the bag. I used to carry tiny 100 ml bottles with me but as it only lasts for a short time I switched to shampoo bars. That can be used for washing hair, body and clothes too if neccesary. It is not easy to find a suitable one though. All of them listed down here are vegan and cruelty free.  … More Perfect shampoo for travelling?

Gluten free buckwheat with smoked tofu

Buckwheat is one of the staple foods of Estonia and other Eastern countries. I used to hate it when I was a kid as it was often cooked as porridge in huge amounts at once and therefore needed to be eaten for all courses of the day. Now I can´t imagine my life without those glutem free tiny nutritious nuts as they are botanically called. If I get cravings for buckwheat in other countries I go to health food stores or Russian and Polish supermarkets. … More Gluten free buckwheat with smoked tofu

Päävalurohu smudge sticks

Rhododendron syn. Ledum palustre is a Eurasian relative of famous labrador tea (Rhododendron groenlandicum). Leaves of  the plants that grow in Estonian marshes are tiny comparasing to the one growing in Greenland and North America.

As the plant has so many names it must´ve been used  frequently by all the natives in those regions where the climate and soils are challeging for all living beings. In Estonia it´s called “sookail” or “päävalurohi”(head ache medicine). … More Päävalurohu smudge sticks

Moose marriages

As it is still around 10  ºC at night(warm!) we decided to go hiking. For some reason packing 2 small rucksacks took almost half a day and we left just couple of hours before sunset. Clever indeed! It was beautiful to experience the warm yellowish-orange colours on the trees. We decided to put up a tent … More Moose marriages