Can you imagine a garden where everything can be eaten. Can you imagine a garden up north, in Norway, where you grow all what you eat through the year? British Stephen Barstow moved to Norway in the 80ies and soon afterwards started collecting edible plants. The other day Terje and I were invited to come to Stephen´s garden together with friends from Nepal, Sharmila and Kamal and their three years old daughter Rissika. Kamal is a botanist, Sharmila is a wonderful cook, and little Rissika turned out te be a perfect colourful salad apprentice.
Unfortunately it was a gray, rainy day, but still it was easy to see what a great view Stephen has among his edimentals.......Stephen has invented the word edimentals himseld, a mixture of edible and ornamental.
The view through the kitchen window. Amazing, isn´t it?
Before starting the cooking, Sharmila and Stephen walked around in the garden, collecting plants. Stephen has quite a few plants from Nepal and Himalaya in his Norwegian garden, and these were what they were looking for.
I would love to learn from Stephen. From time to time he invites people to come to his garden and he will take them on a teaching tour.
Too soon we had to go indoors to start cooking,
but not until we had walked over to look at this plant, an "Allium wallichii from high elevations in Nepal, but feeling quite at home in the lowlands of Malvik!"
Indoors, a delicious smell soon started to fill the house.
Sharmila and Kamal busy cooking, Stephen and I busy photographing. Terje busy looking forward to the meal and Rissika busy running though the house.
Stephen loves to call himself "The Crazy Salad Man", he must have the world record in making a salad with the most different plants. More than 500. I must be quite crazy as well, as I volunteered to bring ingredients for a colourful salad from my garden.
Rissika helped me make it, and she is the one in charge of the decoration :-)
Thank you Stephan, Sharmila, Kamal and Rissika for a lovely night, and as you can see Stephen, I have "stolen" a few of your photos ;-)
You can buy Stephen´s Book, Around the World in 80 Plants from amazon.co.uk. Click on the photo to get there.