Along the Grapevine


irisesAlmost four years ago, my husband and I moved to a seven-acre property near a small town in E. Ontario. The three large fields adjacent to our house were overgrown, and as far as I could see, had nothing but alfalfa, buckthorn, thistles, and lilac. Bit by bit, we have cultivated enough plots to grow a variety of perennial plants, and enough berries and vegetables to keep us going all winter. The buckthorn et al. are still thriving.

My gardening has always included a fair bit of foraging, but this is one area which I find more and more compelling. And apparently I am not alone -now there is so much information on wild foods, I no longer feel like the freak who serves weeds for dinner. What is new to me is all the nutritional information available now, and the sharing of useful hints and recipes for these ingredients.

I have not ventured much beyond our property to forage, because I hesitate to damage, trespass, or break any rules, so the wild leeks and ginseng this area are known for are out of bounds as far as I am concerned. There is still plenty I am finding right here to keep me busy, and thinking about new uses for things I have been using for years, like wild grape leaves, lambs quarters, dandelions.Ā  The combining of wild and cultivated plants (mine or store-bought) is giving some tasty and original results, and I look forward to learning more about this subject as I create this blog.

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  1. Hi there! I’ve nominated you for the versatile blogger award. Acceptance is purely optional, but if you’re interested come and check out the rules for acceptance at my blog!

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  2. I just love the fact that you are using wild plants and herbs and growing your own produce. Good for you! I am in awe of people who do that.


  3. Hi,
    Nice to meet you. I just found your lovely blog & I am off exploring it now.
    Greetings from a gardener & Foodie from Belgium!


  4. Hi, Hilda. I nominated you for the Liebster award. You can check out my post if you’re interested.

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  5. Glad I stumbled by your blog with lovely collection of recipes!

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  6. Hi Hilda. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and your comments! Looking forward to hearing the news about your gardening and the recipes from the “vineyard” Will look into your blog more thorough if it has Scottish recipes!


    • I’m afraid I don’t have much in the way of Scottish recipes as such, although I still cook them. I have made my own haggis a few times, but that is not something I would post on this blog. And of course we have a lot of shortbread, but no one needs a recipe for that. I do use whiskey a fair bit, but that’s about it. I hope you find something you like on my blog nonetheless. I have lived in 10 countries or so, including Scotland, so my recipes do tend to be a bit eclectic.


  7. That is really awesome that you have food growing wild! My mother used to pick and eat dandelions from our yard growing up. I am enjoying looking around your blog šŸ™‚

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  8. Interesting Blog! Looking forward to reading more on wild foods!

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  9. Hi Hilda. I seem to have lost your email and want to offer you some of our very bountiful black walnut harvest if you are interested. Large number of huge nuts this year.
    Cheers, Mary Jo


  10. Hi Hilda:

    Just discovered your blog following a Google search for recipes etc. for Puffballs.

    A quick look around your blog and I discovered you also live in a small south eastern Ontario town on a couple of acres. I personally live in the Stouffville/Mt. Albert area.

    I would be interested in signing up to receive your blog on a regular basis – but I couldn’t find anywhere to register. Consequently, could you please add me to your list using the attached contact information?

    Thanks, Nancy

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    • Thanks Nancy for your comments and interest in my blog. I will try and add you to my subscriber list if I can, but not sure why there was no ‘follow’ option on my page. Otherwise, you could sign up to my FB page if you yourself are on it, just search Hilda Cowan, as I usually attach my posts to my page.


  11. Good Morning I was delighted to stumble across your posts when we, my husband actually, were looking up Elderberry Cordial recipes. I’m not sure if you are still exploring new ideas but would love to know more. We live in Eastern Ontario in a heritage home we are planning to re-establish the walled garden and are looking for ideas of what we should plant in it.


    • Thanks so much for visiting and introducing yourself. Yes, I am still exploring ideas as always, but not getting them onto my blog these days. We have a new country property just north of Cobourg now with a very different topography – lots of water and very hilly. As we haven’t been there for more than two seasons I am still discovering many new things and hope the spring brings me lots of surprises.
      Reestablishing the walled garden sounds like a lovely project. I would be happy to offer any help I can, but once this covid business lets up I know there are lots of good gardening groups in the region.


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