Author Archives: Stephany

I wrote this article back in 2016, for Natural Herbal Living Magazine but I had to throw it up on the blog today because someone called goldenrod a weed and I felt like sticking up for one of my favorite fall ornamentals. I also wanted to share that you most likely aren’t allergic to goldenrod.  The pollen produced by goldenrod is quite large, heavy and sticky.  It is too heavy to become windblown and relies on insects to spread it.  It’s almost impossible for people to be exposed to the pollen aside from touching the plant. 

Whenever I think of goldenrod, I think of this poem by Clement Wood, that I found when writing my first monograph on the plant many years ago.

Coin of the Year
NOVEMBER, you old alchemist,
Who would have thought
You could turn the high arrogance of golden-rod To still plumes of silver?1

Today it seems odd to think of goldenrod as a plant of “high arrogance,” however thru the early part of the 20th century, our friend was held in much higher esteem. Continue reading

Pitcaithly  Biscuits

This biscuit recipe is based on an old bannock recipe that I have.  There’s a lot of nonsense out there written about bannock on food blogs and we all know how I love to set things straight.  First off, bannock describes the shape of the bake.  It is a round, flat loaf.  So it can be savory or sweet. It can be baked in a skillet, or in the oven.   The only requirement is that it is baked into a flat circle and cut into wedges when served.  So it’s really just a word the Scots use for scone or shortbreads.

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