In Spring I was all about rhubarb & dandelion greens because there they were, growing in my yard.

Now I'm loving rose petals. And basil.

There's no basil growing in my yard because I am profoundly not a gardener. But it's abundant at the farmers market. As are fresh blueberries & vast heads of romaine.

But the roses I can gather myself.

Thanks to someone unknown, who once planted roses in my yard.

People move, but roses belong to the places where they are planted. They are familiars. Reminders of the relationship between humans & home; that we have ever sought alliance with plants in the places where we live.


Pick roses.

Put them in a mason jar in your bedroom overnight.

In the morning, make a rose petal smoothie & pour it in the mason jar.

Be affiliated.

Be affinity.

Humans have been cultivating roses for 5,000 years & I can feel an ancient & abiding affinity between our species, like a friendly hum.

BE proactive

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I sleep better when there are roses in my room.

And rose petals in my smoothie? Make me happy.

I feel as though I get imbued with a little of that ancient affiliation.

A relatedness that seems to come from wilder, earlier times, long before domestication was the norm.

When there was something truly magical (& a little defiant) about coaxing something beautiful to grow by one's stoop.

I feel the echo of that domestic activism, the creation of human spaces, beyond shelter. Not just functional, but beautiful.

Perpetually encroached upon by the untamed tangle that was seething everywhere else.

Though barely tamed, we invited roses to co-evolve as we became the people we are now. To co-habit as we created the spaces we now inhabit.

Of course, in the intervening years we've destroyed the primordial world.

Now we carve space inside crumbling civilizations. Misguided & destructive  nutritional ideologies. Unsustainable patterns of living.

We need allies for that, starting with plants.

Rose Petal~Basil Green Smoothie (AIP & WahlsPaleo+)

Servings: 1-2


Time: 15


  • 12 large leaves romaine lettuce
  • Petals of 4 large (or 6 medium) unsprayed roses
  • 4 large basil leaves
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • ½ cup coconut cream (see below)
  • 2 cups water


If you are on the Autoimmune Protocol or avoiding food additives, use an additive-free brand of coconut milk. The only one I know of is Natural Value. Other brands contain guar gum…

Refrigerate a tin of coconut milk until chilled. The cream will separate from the coconut water.

Scoop out the hard coconut cream  into a bowl. Use the coconut water in place of water in your smoothie.

Add the vanilla powder to the coconut cream, if using.

Whip with an electric mixer until creamy.

Store the leftovers in the refrigerator for tomorrow’s smoothie!

Coconut Cream

Servings: 2-4


Time: 15


  • 1 tin chilled full-fat no-additive coconut milk (‘Natural Value’ brand)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla powder


Refrigerate a tin of coconut milk until chilled. The cream will separate from the coconut water.

Scoop out the hard coconut cream  into a bowl (Use the coconut water in place of water in a smoothie or your stock pot).

Add the vanilla powder.

Whip with an electric mixer until creamy.

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