Thursday, June 28, 2007

The Kitchen

The Kitchen

This is the room where we not only prepare the food that nurtures body & soul – we also concoct potions & elixirs, dip candles, dye eggs in Springtime, and where many of Life's Little Problems are discussed and resolved over such mundane tasks as washing the dishes.Such a special room deserves special blessings and protections.

In mine, I have made and hung a braided strand of garlic. For extra protection, I include bay leaves, for peace – a few sprigs of dill ,some chili peppers to keep things exciting, marjoram flowers for love, and dried orange peel for prosperity. It looks lovely!

Simmering Potpourris are a good way to fill your home with "Instant Magick". Say, for instance, the dog is harassing the cat, the kids are fighting, your spouse is grouchy and every few minutes a salesman is calling on the phone. Toss some herbs in a little pot along with a few drops of fragrant oil and put it on to simmer .As the properties of the herbs and oils are released through out the house, just watch the atmosphere change! Since this is a "Quick Fix" most of the recipes include ingredients readily at hand – just grab and go!

Simmering Peace: vanilla extract, almond extract, lemon balm, apple slices and/or apple oil or simply use apple juice or cider in place of the water you would simmer the herbs in. Toss in a bit of cloveor cinnamon as a catalyst to kick the whole thing off.

Simmering Prosperity: chamomile flowers, lemon slices, basil, bayleaves, pine needles, ginger,

Simmering Love: pink rose petals, rose oil, cardamom.

Simmering Romance: red rose petals, coriander seeds, patchouli, andred wine to simmer it in.

Simmering Creativity: yellow rose petals, star anise, orangeslices, peel or oil, instant coffee.

Simmering Protection: 3 bay leaves, peppermint, rosemary, elderflowers, hyssop, lavender oil.

Apple Peel Divination: This was passed on to me many years ago bya delightful old Mormon friend: The next time you are peeling apples, try to remove the peel in one long single strand. Using your right hand, toss the strand over your left shoulder. The letter of the alphabet that it forms will be the initial of (a) in old folklore, your future husband or (b) for teenage girls, your next boyfriend.

Divination by Pancake: Some Sunday morning when the family is gathered round, have each member try this: Scoop some pancake batter in a ladle and, with your eyes closed, drizzle it onto the pan. Then see what shape it forms (rather like seeing pictures in clouds or tea leaves). Children are especially good at this.Of course, afterward, everybody must eat his or her fortune!

Love in the Kitchen…… why is it a man always seems more aroused by the sight of a woman busy in the kitchen than any other time or place? It seems that the busier you are, the less he can keep his hands off you! You, barefoot, in jeans, T-shirt and an apron, up toyour elbows in suds is more seductive than high heels, plunging neckline and diamonds over a candlelight dinner! Go figure! But for those of us who aren't complaining (!) try this: Dab a bitof vanilla extract at the nape of your neck and throat, behind your ears - and don't forget your cleavage... especially if your man is a Taurus, Pisces or Cancer!

Bake a Friendship Cake: Start with a regular, golden vanilla cake mix. Follow the instructions on the box and add a teaspoon of almond extract. Pour the batter into your pan then lay fresh Rose Geranium leaves in a random design on the top. As the cake bakes, it becomes delicately infused with the flavor of the herb. Instead of frosting, a thin transparent glaze over the top is much more effective. Steep orange zest and rose geranium leaves in some hot white wine (you can also use apple juice) – about 1/3 of a cup should do. Strain and add ½ tsp vanilla and then enough powdered sugar to make a thin glaze. Spread over the cake while both are still warm. Decorate the edges, if you like, with fresh rose petals and fern leaves. Serve with a delicate sorbet on the side and ligh ta pink candle, even if it's daytime.

A lovely cake to begin or strengthen a friendship.Raspberry Vinegar… Although I've never seen a man go into paroxysms of orgasmic ecstasy over chocolate the way most women do, it stillis an excellent aphrodisiac.

Here is a little "potion" that will enhance that effect- especially for women: Add a bit of raspberry vinegar anytime you're baking something chocolate. It will boost more than just the flavor – though it does that too! To make raspberry vinegar - fill a bottle ¾ full with fresh raspberries (okay, frozen works also) then add a good apple cider vinegar to the top. Set this in a sunny windowsill for 2 weeks(besides the warmth helping to "cook" the concoction, the lights treaming through the ruby red potion is beautiful!). Strain; add more raspberries and set it back for another couple of weeks. Add about 2 or 3 Tablespoons to a chocolate cake batter or a batch of brownies; a teaspoon or two to frosting, hot cocoa etc.Sweetened & combined with sparkling water, this also makes a refreshing, old fashioned summer drink.

Fresh mint leaves (slightly bruised) added to this also taste wonderful! – but don't use them ifyou are making "the Potion". Mint does nothing for the libido -it's more "cerebral"

.A pot of basil in your window sill will attract prosperity to your home...

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Blogger Sacred Suzie said...

I can't imagine putting raspberry vinegar into my baking! I bet it's a beautiful potion though. Wonderful ideas Autumn and lots of fun. I hope one day you can post a picture of that braided strand of garlic with all its little culinary treasures.

June 28, 2007 at 3:08 AM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

Thanks for sharing the potions!

June 28, 2007 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger "Early Bird" said...

A very interesting post today...I've been meaning to tell ya that I've enjoyed looking at your recipe does sound like you work some Yummy Magik in you kitchen

June 28, 2007 at 11:38 AM  
Anonymous cathy said...

I'm going to try the pancake divination next time I make them. Thanks for sharing this.

June 28, 2007 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Autumn said...

Sorry, I should have made a note on the post that I was not the author. Those ideas were sent to me in an email from a friend of mine..Not sure where she got it from but probably an e-group. She sends me lots of things.
I don't think the braided garlic would be to hard to do though if you go to a local farmers market you should be able to find some with the tops still on. or better yet buy one of those long plastic ones at a craft store and hang them (you can always sit a real clove or two on a shelf for good luck)

June 28, 2007 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger kim said...

I am learning so much from you!

July 1, 2007 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I love all your household hints! thanks for sharing!

July 31, 2007 at 5:42 PM  

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