Foraging in the Oltrepo’ Pavese Countryside

At the end of April “Joia Academy” organised an interesting course on wild herbs. You could call this “foraging” as the group, led by Pietro Leemann, trekked through the Oltrepo’ Pavese countryside near the Boscasso farm to collect and learn how to use these herbs. This was truly a “hands on ” experience as these herbs were also prepared in the farm kitchen and served to the group. A wonderful getaway from our day to day routines and immersing ourselves in nature at its best! Continue reading

Green Herb Hummus

Green Herb Hummus complete with freshly gathered parsley, rosemary, thyme, basil and marjoram. A delicious and healthy variation of the classic hummus. I even started humming “Are you going to Scarborough Fair, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme……” I guess all the herbs that I was using that were mentioned in the song brought me back to the Simon & Garfunkel hit. Actually it’s an old English ballad about Yorkshire. Haven’t tried using sage though…could be an idea. Anyway choose any combination of herbs that you like or even what you have on hand. Maybe even singing this tune will help you remember which ones to use. Continue reading