Johanna Kindvall

Johanna Kindvall is an illustrator based in both New York City and Sweden. At EcoSalon, Johanna draws and writes about the food she cooks at home.
Autumn Foraging: The Neighbor’s Apples Become Your Cider Vinegar
Autumn Foraging: The Neighbor’s Apples Become Your Cider Vinegar

Foraging, whether in the city or country, always provides treasure. In my neighbor’s garden there is an old apple tree. The tree and the garden is in need of care. It always hurts my heart when I see fruit of any kind fall to the ground before anyone even thinks […]

Autumn Foraging: Leaving Brooklyn in Search of Rose Hips
Autumn Foraging: Leaving Brooklyn in Search of Rose Hips

In search of ocean air and juicy rose hips…just outside of the city. The other day I took my bike on a long long ride  to get to the sea through neighborhoods I never new existed. The idea was to get away from the city to breath fresh salty air and […]

Recipe: Fresh and Summery Tomato Pasta
Recipe: Fresh and Summery Tomato Pasta

The tomato comes out of the garden and into a sauce. One of the best things about summer are the variety of fresh tomatoes that are available at the food markets right now. My favorite tomato is the local Beefsteak tomato. The may look ugly but the taste is rich […]

Recipe: Make Your own Kefir Like a True Swede
Recipe: Make Your own Kefir Like a True Swede

The wonders of the kefir grain explored. My temporary landlord Russell Busch, who is also a good friend, just introduced me to kefir making. Kefir is a fermented milk drink that contains plenty of healthy probiotics. To make kefir from milk you need kefir grains which are a live and active […]

Swedish Fruntimmersveckan Recipe: Ginger & Lime Tart
Swedish Fruntimmersveckan Recipe: Ginger & Lime Tart

What’s in a name? Probably a Swedish cake. Like several other countries Sweden celebrates name days, which means that every single day of the year has a specific name of a person. For some people (for example, my mother in law), the name day is more important than their own […]

Recipe: French Lentil Dip
Recipe: French Lentil Dip

Giving up some love for the legumes. It may be silly to suggest cooking dried legumes when you can get them ready to eat in a can. But I still insist that there are so many benefits to cooking them yourself that it’s worth every step. And it’s pretty easy […]

Mustard Herring for Swedish Midsummer
Mustard Herring for Swedish Midsummer

Celebrate the sweetness of of a Swedish Midsummer. This year I will be celebrating midsummer here in NY. Midsummer is the day when Swedes like me celebrate the longest and brightest day of the year. We eat plenty of herring, new potatoes (that you buy freshly picked and dirty), aged […]

Recipe: Swedish Rhubarb Jam
Recipe: Swedish Rhubarb Jam

Rhubarb is meant for more than just pie. Currently I’m in Sweden taking care of an old house in the countryside. It’s as beautiful and lovely as its sounds. In the garden there is rhubarb, stinging nettles and leeks. The strawberries are flowering which shows that there will be delicious […]