On my recent trip to visit my son in Brooklyn, I made sure to schedule the class Cooking with Wild Foods and Weeds at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, because you never know when a dandelion will be your last meal and it would be taught by Marie Viljoen- a woman a greatly admire.
Ms. Viljoen (who authors the blog 66squarefeet and a new-to-be-released cookbook), is a master forager and cook.
Hers is the blog that got me started- that inspired me- that is my touchstone, and the chance to meet her and to be taught by her, was too much to resist. So off I went giving Chase an afternoon away from entertaining Mom.
I took a cab asking to be driven to the classroom building on Washington Ave.
I was dropped off at Flatbush and Empire ( I don’t know the area, and sadly, neither did the cabbie because just the week before he had left his home in New Deli for the first time in his life).
I approached a glass enclosed ticket office and was further advised by a glass enclosed ticket taker to follow the path through the Gardens to the left- to the left- follow the path to the left.
Thankfully a security officer took pity on me and asked to help.
“To the classrooms sir.”
“You’re off base.”
“If only you knew.”
Entering the correct building, winding my way down to the correct classroom, still on time, and being greeted by Marie, all six feet of her with her lovely South African-accented welcome of “A Pleasant House!” was like finding the campfire after a long day hiking- except it was still 11am…
|Brooklyn Botanic Garden
900 Washington Ave.
The Main Entrance at last!
– front row center-
with my always present notebook, umbrella and ice tea.
Marie had a goody bag with a serviceberry cookie
and a sample of her soon-to-be-released cookbook recipes
|A cold soup
made with field garlic and knotweed.*