The thick red copper cauldron (sṭal – سطل) is rounded perfectly to the base, mottled with spots, it shows years of work, even though to me it is new. Its handles are also perfectly rotund, nailed to the sides with two handmade splints. An arm’s length in diameter, it sits plump on the stove. I fire it up.Continue reading “The Red Cauldron”
My experience of seasonal living has been deepened immensely since living in Fes, and I never realised quite how revolutionary this would be to my body, heart and soul.Continue reading “The Changing of the Seasons in Fes”
These words may have been repeated a thousand times in a thousand different ways, but I’ve only recently really embodied these truths. It is ALL about the process, this life.Continue reading “In Praise of the Process: A Call to Arms”
Did you know, that at Cordoba, in the 9th century, the gardeners of Abd el-Rahman I built the first botanical garden on European soil?
Did you know, that it wasn’t until over 600 years later, that the same was attempted in Christian Europe?
Did you know, that the first tulip came to Europe via Turkey to Spain, 500 years before it was taken to Holland?
What if all the horticultural history of Europe you’ve read, was wrong?Continue reading “On Andalusian Gardening: The Hidden Link in the Chain of Horticultural History”
This is another special recipe I learnt from my wonderful mother-in-law, which is super versatile and delicious with almost anything.Continue reading “Recipe: Honeyed Pumpkin Jam”
The Interview Collection
I’m lucky to be surrounded by inspiring friends, and often take for granted that I get to have inspiring conversations on a daily basis.Continue reading “Interview with Hamza: The Ecosystem of Wisdom”
Distilling with Sherifa
It’s an overcast day in March, occasional clouds drizzling soft trills of rain onto the courtyard.
Optimistically, I set the alembic up in a corner, knowing that unless it pours, we’ll be safe under the cedar beamed edges of the open roof.Continue reading “The Boiling Pot: Spirituality and Herbal Distillation”