About

I live off-the-grid, on the remote and wild Salmon River which is sandwiched between  the Marble Mountain Wilderness and the Trinity Alps Wilderness in northern California.   I manage 38 acres with my partner and two kids, who are now 9 and 5.  Being avid gardeners, we grow quite a lot of our own vegetables and fruit as well as the  herbs and spices for our business, The Pepper Forrest Spice Company, that I established in 1994 in British Columbia, Canada.  I am also Canadian.   You can visit us at pepperforrestspicecompany.com anytime to see what we have to offer.

We also have 800 wine grapes of several varieties on our farm and are building a small winery named Chateau Afreaux.  We are excited as a number of the grapes are coming into full production so we have something to play with!

Our gardens are large and we are so happy to be  giving the gift of nature to our children.   As they get older, their own inspiration is also a driving force in our work here.

We are interested in food history and finding and sharing exciting spices and foods and recipes.  Tracing how traditions have evolved, through utilitarian need as well as ritual celebration and plain old desire,  is a personal interest that I hope to share on this blog often.

The versatility of the the blends we make, and the pure paprikas also lend to delving into being able to reach way back into time and all around the world to create and add to many dishes from Indian curries to Cajun gumbos, Asian dishes, Caribbean jerked meats, South American food, Greek cuisine……and on and on…..

We also like to utilize and experiment using the wild foods found around us in the mountains and near the valley floors by and in the river, as well from our gardens.

I also gain A LOT of inspiration from communicating with people about what you like, your inspirations (from my influence or not!), hearing your stories, your recipes and traditions.   So, my sharing on this blog is also an invitation for feedback and hopefully many delicious and inspiring discussions all around!

 

 

 

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7 Responses to “About”

  1. Sakina Bush June 2, 2015 at 2:34 pm #

    Hi, I met you at the Benbow festival. I told you about a book I read about women in your area circa 1900 and their time with the Karok. The book is called In the Land of the Grasshopper Song in case you want to check it out. I would love to visit your farm. It was nice to met you. Sakina Bush- vegetable start nursery woman and green chile enthusiast from Fort Bragg Ca.

    • sweetpaprikaflower February 19, 2016 at 8:40 pm #

      Hi Sakina, thanks and I’m soooo sorry for the delay in this response! I’ve been grossly negligent with this blog! I am newy revived with it and will be more active from now on. I am certainly available on-line thru my website and email too of course!
      I’ve heard of that book, and will look it up further. Thanks again for getting back.
      We plan to be at Benbow again this year too, will you?
      Sincerely, Meui

      • Rose March 2, 2016 at 4:03 am #

        OMG Chateau Afro! You two kill me! So funny. Takes allot for me to laugh Out Loud….that is awesome! Need to order some yummy seasonings…. Out of sweet paprika and garlicky…. Might have some stashed somewhere in our baggage…but lord knows where and we got back home 2 weeks ago, but have been busy making life comfy. Mod cons like hot running water (cistern and pumps and stuff….) and getting the rainwater catchment happening…. It is as of today !

      • sweetpaprikaflower March 2, 2016 at 3:52 pm #

        Im so glad you guys are back safe and sound and having had so many AMAZING experiences! Now THAT is an adventure! Im happy that the SGB got to go along too! Send me some of the new foods and recipes you found, whenever you get a chance. xoxo

  2. Benjamin gifford March 2, 2016 at 4:08 am #

    I love you guys. I love what you are doing and creating. Beauty!!

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