Category Archives: Food

Extreme salad film

On 19th May 2017, filmakers Ane Mari Aakernes and Berit Børte of Grow UP City filmed me in the garden collecting ingredients for an extreme salad, made with 211 different plants, almost all of them perennials. I’m told that almost all the ingredients are shown in this 6 part film, so settle down and join me in foraging my maximum diversity edible garden where the focus is on sustainable, nature and climate friendly, perennial vegetables ….. :)

Tonight’s slow quiche

100% coarse organic rye and emmer pie crust (flour and butter) kneeded into the pie dish (not rolled out), then a layer of blue cheese, then mixed vegetables and the rest of yesterday’s chantarelles, hedgehog fungi and Russula….and then filled with egg/milk/oregano mix and finished off with Mallow flowers which retain some of their colour at the end!
Greens: Allium fistulosum (spring onions), swiss chard, ground elder, nettle


Mallow Sorrel Fish Soup

I eat wild fish now and again, but there’s always masses of veggies….and today musk mallow (Malva moschata) is at its most productive, with various Russians sorrels, day lily buds and nettles. Also not shown, I used Croatian St. John’s onion (Allium x cornutum), garlic “Aleksandra” (still going strong, stored in my kitchen since autumn), chili and golpar (spice from the seed of Heracleum persicum, Tromsøpalme)P1750386


Scape stir fry

Not garlic scapes as they’re not ready yet, but Chicago onion (Allium cernuum) scapes with Allium scorodoprasum scapes and Scorzonera scapes in tonight’s stir fry!

Slow food at last!

After 11 days of mostly fast food, it was good to get home this evening to a jungle of slow food….
Ingredients: Hablitzia, Rumex acetosa, Rumex patientia, Myrrhis (young seeds), Hemerocallis middendorfii and H. lilioasphodelus (daylily buds), Crambe maritima (broccolis), Crambe cordifolia (broccolis), Nettle, 2* Origanum, Tragopogon pratensis (flower stems and buds), Allium senescens, Campanula latifolia, Asparagus trichophyllus, Chives (flower buds), Peltaria alliacea, garlic, chili and chicory (2 types)
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Hablitzia-Ramsons-Nettle quiche

Tonight’s dinner was a Hablitzia-Ramsons-Nettle quiche with oregano, poppy and celery seeds on top with cowslip-violet-Allium zebdanense-Arctic bramble flowers….wholegrain barley-oat-rye pastry…. not at all bad :)
Anyone else have this tonight?  …no, I didn’t think so somehow ;)



Yesterday afternoon (8th May 2017) before my evening talk at Nabolagshager, I was invited by Heidi Bjerkan to visit her newest project, Vippa, in Oslo and what a fantastic place it is with amazing views of the Oslo harbour, Hovedøya and Ekeberg (see the pictures)! Project Vippa on Vippetangen in Oslo is a response to Oslo Harbour Authority’s wish for serious projects that can contribute to the revitalization of this area. Heidi Bjerkan, who has previously worked as head chef for the Norwegian royal household (slottet) and whom I’ve got to know in Trondheim where her main project is the restaurant Credo, and in particular through our collaboration during the Trondheim film festival Kosmorama in March (see and ). Credo is currently re-establishing itself in a new location in Trondheim.
With these two projects running in parallel, Heidi is an extremely busy woman! Vippa opened only a month ago with its streetfood concept and already has a good reputation (most people that I’d asked knew about it) and the number of people visiting has been over expectations. The aim is that Vippa will be a food, culture and learning centre for the people. I am privileged to have been asked to act as adviser and inspirator for local farms producing the food for both restaurants and planting of edimentals around the restaurants and on the roof of Vippa, in particular perennial permaculture inspired plants! I am happy to do this as sustainable food production and recycling of food waste to make soil is an important part of both Credo and Vippa concepts and the adoption of permaculture in this way may be a first!

 …and this room will be a popular place to hold courses and talks!