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
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?
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
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
A bread drink called kali is an Estonian version of slavic fermented beverage kvass with sweet-sour flavor and natural bubbles. I remember stories of real kali street vendors that used to drive around towns to sell that soft drink in a same way as ice-cream trucks nowadays. Unfortunately the kali sold in supermarket´s these days has … More Kali – a fermented bread limonade
I visited Aivi(78) on an exeptionally warm autumn day. She is an author of various herbal medicine and natural dyes´ books. She used to be a teacher of natural sciencies) in a local school. Aivi has been drawn to a forest as long as she remembers and still feels that working around plants is very … More Living with the rhythms of nature
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