1 cup pureed fresh nettle leaves*
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ cup organic cane sugar
¾ cup olive oil
2 tablespoon lemon juice
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon sea salt


To puree nettle leaves, remove leaves from stem and puree in a food processor. Add water or
olive by the tablespoon to help increase this process.

In a mixing bowl, mix eggs and sugar until light and creamy. Once mixed well, add in oil, lemon juice, and vanilla and mix well.

In another bowl, whisk together dry ingredients; whole wheat flour, baking powder, and sea salt.

Now it is time to combine all ingredients. Slowly add ½ cup dry ingredients to egg and sugar mixture and incorporate fully. Next, add in ½ cup of pureed nettles and incorporating fully. Continue this pattern until all ingredients are fully incorporated.

Pour into an oiled cake pan (8 in. square or 6 in. cake pan). Bake for 30-35 minutes. Check for with a toothpick. Let cool before frosting with strawberry jam and fresh sliced strawberries (see photo) or fresh whip cream with sliced fresh strawberries.

*Nettles are a very common wild plant in the Pacific Northwest. You can wildcraft them or possibly purchase them at your nearest Food Co-op during the nettle season. For 2016, they were fresh starting early February.

Recipe Adapted by Kelly Ann Atterberry, March 2016.


1 red onion, minced
1 horseradish root, chopped
4-5 cloves garlic, minced
2 inches ginger rhizome, minced
3 inches turmeric rhizome OR 1 tbs. dried Turmeric rhizome
1 teaspoon dried cayenne powder
1 sprig fresh rosemary leaves, minced
1 sprig fresh oregano, minced
1 part apple cider vinegar
1 part honey, raw and local


Fire Cyder is a cold and flu ‘kitchen remedy’ made from plants that are likely in your kitchen. This recipe can be adapted to your likes and dislikes, if you don’t like ginger, leave it out, if you need more horseradish, add in more. This is a great recipe to practice creativity during your herb journey! Use Fire Cyder to stoke your inner fire and increase your immunity during vulnerable times of the year. 



In a 1-quart mason jar, add in all herbs and cover with 1 part apple cider vinegar to 1 part honey. With a stirring stick (i.e., a chopstick or long wooden handle of a spoon) stir herbs thoroughly to break apart pockets of oxygen.  Fill jar to the very top with vinegar and cover with parchment paper and the metal ring of the mason jar (parchment paper will not be broken down by the vinegar). Label your fire cider with a title, ingredients and date. Shake your fire cider often and put your positive vibes and healing energy as you do. Strain after 2 weeks and funnel the fire cider into tincture bottles.


Preventative: 1 teaspoon per day.

At the onset of cold or flu: 1 teaspoon per hour.