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A gaggle of good ole' nasturtiums.

My lover brings me pretty blooms
To brighten up my dreary rooms,
But when my darling love is gone
I’ll eat the petals one by one.
—R. L. Brown, 2010

Whilst eating petals from florist-bought flowers might not be a great idea, a surprising number of beautiful flowers are indeed edible and make fantastic additions to a romantic salad; after all, why waste flowers when you can eat them?

Edible flowers which you can probably find in and around your garden include nasturtiums, marigolds, and rose petals. Nasturtiums have a delicious peppery flavour which can really add interest to a leafy salad whilst rose petals are almost sweet and are ideal for sugaring and using to decorate baking. Even so-called weeds can be delicious; lawn squatters such as dandelion (petals), daisy (petals) and clover flowers are all edible.

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It seems a shame that, of all the ‘well-known’ herbs, lavender is probably the most neglected in terms of the kitchen. This year, instead of making sachets to scent your drawers, why not explore the culinary side of lavender?

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Making yogurt in our home kitchens is an easy feat, part of reclaiming the mysticism of food production. Indeed, it’s so easy, we must ask ourselves: why did we ever stop? Yogurt is of the oldest known ferments, and certainly one of the yummiest. Yogurt contains active live cultures of bacteria, collectively known as “lactobacilli,” which improve human gut flora, and are often sold for high prices in health food stores as “probiotics.” Since this author began eating home ferments, she rarely gets ill. Improving our gut flora improves our immune systems overall. So, on to the making!

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There are more than a few household tasks that we have forgotten we still have the ability to perform. When we do experiment with these activities, we awaken our hearts and hands to the idea that in fact, this is what we were made to do. Some of them are a bit complicated (making soap) where as some are so simple, I can’t think of why we’ve stopped do them. One that easily comes to mind right now as the spring turns into summer is the sensual task of shelling peas.

When I shell peas, I feel connected to generations of surly teens, multi-tasking mothers, and no-nonsense grannies hunched over mixing bowls with bright green shells gathering around their ankles. They’re sitting on the porch, or outside the kitchen door, maybe the evening news is on in the background, and probably there’s someone around to chat with. Even though I myself am actually sitting with the bowl resting between my folded legs on my couch, and all that’s outside is a tar roof and the neighbor’s window, I still can feel the sense of relaxation that comes from doing a kitchen task not-in-the-kitchen.

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Join Onalistus Reveler, Daisy Jane Danger, Ernistine Cabins, and Briar Reveler for this New Old Event where we will learn how to make kombucha and kimchi, discuss the history of these two mysterious edibles, and learn about some of the benefits of putting them in your belly. Below are the details:

“Kombucha and Kimchi Talk and Giveaway”

Saturday May 29, Brooklyn, NY
Sponsored by These New Old Traditions.
$5 suggested donation.
First ten people through the door get free kombucha mother.
Bring proper containers (jars) for kombucha mothers &/or some kimchi.
Please RSVP if you’d like to attend.

WHERE: The Good House Brooklyn, 599 E. 7th St., Apt. 6F, Brooklyn, NY, 11218

WHEN: Saturday, May 29, 2010

WHAT TIME: 1:00pm — 3:00pm

HOW MUCH: Suggested $5.00 donation

If you’re on The Facebook please check out the event there and RSVP. If you’ve taken a stand against such mind-numbing social networking mediums, then A.) well done, and B.) email us to RSVP.

newoldtraditions [at] gmail [dot] com

Note: You must RSVP in order to come.

So please do, ’cause we’d love to have you!

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Join Onalistus Reveler, Daisy Jane Danger, Ernistine Cabins, and Briar Reveler for this New Old Event where we will learn how to make kombucha and kimchi, discuss the history of these two mysterious edibles, and learn about some of the benefits of putting them in your belly. Below are the details:

“Kombucha and Kimchi Talk and Giveaway”

Saturday May 29, Brooklyn, NY
Sponsored by These New Old Traditions.
$5 suggested donation.
First ten people through the door get free kombucha mother.
Bring proper containers (jars) for kombucha mothers &/or some kimchi.
Please RSVP if you’d like to attend.

WHERE: The Good House Brooklyn, 599 E. 7th St., Apt. 6F, Brooklyn, NY, 11218

WHEN: Saturday, May 29, 2010

WHAT TIME: 1:00pm — 3:00pm

HOW MUCH: Suggested $5.00 donation

If you’re on The Facebook please check out the event there and RSVP. If you’ve taken a stand against such mind-numbing social networking mediums, then A.) well done, and B.) email us to RSVP.

newoldtraditions [at] gmail [dot] com

Note: You must RSVP in order to come.

So please do, ’cause we’d love to have you!

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Looking outside, I can see the fullness of spring. Cherry blossoms litter the streets, flowers jut from the cracks in the sidewalk, dogs playing, children laughing. Generally, everything’s been made a mess of. Spring-cleaning time! With sun outside and the world renewing itself, the time of year has come for us to do the same. But before you haul out harsh, hazardous detergents, disposable dusters, and ozone-axeing aerosols, remember that nature’s trying to clean, too. What good would it do to clean our room but dirty out backyard? Try this instead.

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