Before my extremely long hiatus I visited Shiva Rose's Pacific Palisades home with Bethany Nauert. Shiva is the lovely (and extremely zen) woman behind, The Local Rose. The Local Rose is a blog for health and wellness with a spiritual tone. You can find all sorts of great things on her site about these topics, like this one. (I might have to do my own post on that company, what a great product!) You can also shop her products and others through her site. Check out my interview with Shiva and take a look into her beautiful kitchen and garden!
SNF: What is your “go to” meal to cook?
Shiva Rose:I usually cook what is seasonal at the Farmers Market. I love to roast some kale, beans, cherry tomatoes tossed in olive oil and seasoning and add that to a quinoa bowl topped with sauerkraut.
SNF: What is your favorite ingredient to use when cooking?
SR: Coconut Oil, ghee, sea salt.
SNF: Do you follow a specific diet? (Such as gluten free, vegan, etc.)
SR: My younger daughter has gluten allergies and I feel better without it. We are vegetarian as well but add eggs and dairy for protein.
SNF: Your kitchen is beautiful! (Love that sky light!) Has it gone through any remodeling?
SR: I remodeled the house when I bought it 6 years ago.
SNF: What has been remodeled?
SR: I added the kitchen and master. I added floors and skylight.
SNF: Your backyard and garden are amazing! Have you always loved gardening or was that something you’ve recently got into?
SR: I have always felt more at peace when connecting to mama earth.
SNF: What are you growing at the moment?
SR: Summer vegetables and herbs like basil, tomatoes, melons.
SNF: What’s the trick to keeping your garden healthy? Do you have any green thumb tips for us?
SR: Use sea minerals like kelp and compost, compost, compost.
SNF: You also have some chickens in your yard. How would someone go about getting chickens? And are they easy to care for?
SR: Today there is access to so many kinds of urban chicken coops. The chickens are fairly easy since they keep each other company. They have to have the coop cleaned but we use their droppings for the compost. One trick is to add a few drops of apple cider vinegar to their water to keep them free of bad bacteria.
SNF: And let’s not forget the bees you have! I think that is so awesome! How is it maintaining bees?
SR: The bees are also pretty simple to take care of. With the drought however we need to make sure there is a bucket of water near by for them.
SNF: I really admire your garden; you’ve obviously put a lot of work into it! For people who want to start a garden of their own, what advice and steps would you suggest them to take first?
SR: I would say start small even if its just potted plants. Also composting feels so good. When you reuse the parts of the plants back into your soil you feel like you are adding positive energy and contributing to the cycle of life!
Written by Kristen Tola Hettich
Photographed by Bethany Nauert