food is the new oil

Foodie Friday: Garlic Rosemary Chicken

- Skinless, boneless chicken breasts
-Black Salt (the edible kind, not the witchy kind)
-Garlic, crushed
-White Wine
-Olive Oil

1) If you have the flaked black salt, gently crush it into workable pieces. If you’re using dried rosemary instead of fresh, grind it with the salt in a mortar and pestle (or food processor - I prefer working it by hand so I can have more control over the consistency). Preheat your oven to 450 degrees (Fahrenheit).

2) In a baking dish, combine olive oil, rosemary, salt, pepper, garlic, and zest from the lemon*. Place your chicken breasts into the dish and coat them with the oil blend. Slice up your lemon and give it a nice squeeze over the dish, then add the slices to the pan.

3) Place your chicken into the oven to roast until done - the internal temperature of the chicken should be at 165 degrees (Fahrenheit). About halfway through roasting, add a splash of white wine to the pan (both for flavor and to help keep the chicken moist).

4) Serve, garnished with a sprig of fresh rosemary and a slice or two of grilled lemon. Excellent with rice!

*Tip: If you want to ensure plenty of flavor in your chicken, it’s best to make the oil blend ahead of time. In a jar or other container, add fresh rosemary, garlic, salt, pepper, lemon zest, and a slice of lemon. Cover this with olive oil and allow it to rest. By infusing the oil in this way, you’re guaranteeing a flavorful chicken!

Magical Ingredient!

It sometimes amazes me how sometimes a single, seemingly simple plant can do so much for us both magically and practically. And sometimes, these very same plants are used as much for decoration as they are used for medicine, food, and magic! It’s difficult to see anything to dislike about rosemary, and many witches are agreed that rosemary is one of those “necessity herbs” - that is to say that if there had to be any kind of herb in the cabinet, it should be rosemary.

This hardy shrub has been used for medicine and food for about as long as humanity has lived in the Mediterranean and Asia, and has been cultivated worldwide because of its survivability. It is fairly resistant to cool climates, and thrives in areas with milder climates. Various cultivars have been developed, either to increase flavor and leaf size, to increase flower production, or to allow it to grow as ground cover.

Its medicinal properties are varied. As a tea, rosemary is excellent for providing relief for mild headaches and congestion. As such, this herb is a great cold and flu remedy. When made into a tincture, rosemary can help with migraines and can help regulate menstrual cycles. The tincture can also be used to help with heavy blood flow during menstrual cycles and can be used to help alleviate the symptoms of menopause.

The Greeks and Romans made use of rosemary for helping to improve memory, as well - wearing a sprig of fresh rosemary or sleeping with it under a pillow is said to help a student retain more information. This tradition continues today, so much so that rosemary oils are bought en masse by students during exam season.

In food, rosemary has many uses, but is typically used to flavor stuffings and meats, while also imparting a strong aroma. The flowers are also edible, and sometimes used both as a garnish and cooked. 

Because of its characteristic scent, rosemary is also frequently used in cosmetic products and incense, as well as cleaning products, further enforcing its versatility!

Traditionally, rosemary is worn in remembrance for fallen warriors and soldiers, giving it an association with both memory and death. This goes back into the past as well, with sprigs of rosemary added to a casket before burial to protect a deceased loved one in the afterlife and to protect the grave site.

Rosemary has a strong association with protection, and is used in incense much like sage for smoke cleansing and purification. Its shape naturally lends itself well to making brooms and besoms, adding an extra punch to cleansing spells involving those brooms. On top of all of that, it has been used to assist in exorcisms! Because of these associations, rosemary can be used as a substitute for frankincense!

During the middle ages, rosemary was used as a love charm, worn by all attendees to a wedding. For bride, it was also a fertility charm.

For sympathetic magic, rosemary can be added to poppets, bags, and jars for fertility, love, luck, lust, protection, cleansing, money, so on and so forth. Taking dried, powdered rosemary and using it to feed these spells is particularly helpful, and is fairly easy to come by.

All of these same associations can be used in the kitchen for tinctures, oils, and foods. For new witches, rosemary is not only potent, but also very easy to enchant as it takes up intention very well!

The list goes on and on. In short, rosemary is exceptional for nearly any spell and purpose. Whether experienced or new to witchcraft, spend some time with rosemary and see what kinds of benefits it can bring to you! It is certainly an herb perfect for witches of all paths!

May all your meals be blessed! )O(

White Bear, Flushing, NY

White Bear is a quaint hole-in-the-wall nestled in the middle of Flushing’s Chinatown that’s easy to miss, but should not be overlooked…

The place is basically a small kitchen with three tables and six seats…

But they make some of the best homemade wontons you’ll ever eat in this side of the Pacific…

Especially if you like spicy food! Get the #6 for five bucks: wontons in hot sauce with no soup. The dumplings come covered in hot chili oil and a fiery vegetable “chutney” that adds not only heat but crunch…

Be sure to go early though as they only make a certain number of wontons a day and sometimes sell out.

White Bear is a great place to start… or finish… any Flushing food adventure, all depending on how your stomach can hold up to Chinese chiles!


135-02 Roosevelt Ave.

Flushing, NY 11354


Hemp Timeline


American farmers are required by law to grow hemp in Virginia and other colonies.

1776 The Declaration of Independence is drafted on hemp paper. 1797 The U.S.S. Constitution is outfitted with 60 tons of hemp sails and rigging. 1790s George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, our founding fathers, grow hemp and extol its benefits. 1840 Abraham Lincoln uses hemp seed oil to fuel his household lamps. 1890- 1940s USDA Chief Botanist, Lyster Dewey, grows five varieties of hemp at Arlington Farms in Virginia, the current site of the Pentagon. 1916 USDA Bulletin No. 404 shows that hemp produces four times more paper per acre than do trees. 1938 Popular Mechanics article “New Billion Dollar Crop” explains that new developments in processing technology could use hemp to manufacture over 25,000 different products, “from cellophane to dynamite.” 1942 Henry Ford builds an experimental car body made with hemp fiber, which is ten times stronger than steel. 1942- 1946 American farmers from Kentucky to Maine to Wisconsin harvest over 150,000 acres of hemp through the USDA’s Hemp for Victory program. 1957 Hemp is last grown in the U.S. due to government confusion over hemp and drug varieties of the plant, while new government incentives for industry replace natural fibers with plastics, ultimately bankrupting key hemp processors. 1998 The U.S. begins to import food-grade hemp seed and oil. 2000- 2010 New processing technologies arise to commercialize “cottonized” hemp, hemp concrete, high-tech hemp composites and other novel hemp applications. 2004 Ninth Circuit Court decision in Hemp Industries Association vs. DEA permanently protects sales of hemp foods and body care products in the U.S. 2005 A bill is introduced in the U.S. Congress for the first time to allow states to regulate hemp farming, but to date no committee hearing or floor vote has taken place. 2007 The first hemp licenses in over 50 years are granted to two North Dakota farmers. 2010 HIA uncovers diaries and photographs of the USDA’s Chief Botanist Lyster Dewey, who grew 5 varieties of hemp on the current site of the Pentagon. 2010 Rep. Ron Paul makes Congressional statement in support of Hemp History Week. 2010 1st Annual Hemp History Week produces 200 events in 32 states exposing 100,000 people to hemp and the cause. 2011 Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) introduces H.R. 1831, The Industrial Hemp Farming Act, in the House of Representatives. 2012 Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduces S. 3501, the Senate companion bill to H.R. 1831. 2014 President Obama signs the Farm Bill legalizing the production of Hemp for research purposes
We have inherited a definition of security from the last century, a century dominated by two world wars and a cold war, that is almost entirely military in focus. When the term national security comes up in Washington, people automatically think of expanded military budgets and more-advanced weapon systems. But armed aggression is no longer the principal threat to our future. The overriding threats in this century are climate change, population growth, spreading water shortages, rising food prices, and politically failing states.
—  Lester Brown, The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity
Signs as certain scents... (Based off people I know)
  • Aries: spices like cinnamon and paprika, sunscreen. (Ok I don't know anyone with an Aires sign personally so I'm thinking really hard).
  • Taurus: cut grass, lumber, caramel corn, homemade cookies, lucky charms, pine.
  • Gemini: fruit, bath and body works,(i think i'll do a post on this), nail polish.
  • Cancer: flowers, that certain smell when your computer heats up, peppermint.
  • Leo: real jewelry, a glass bottle of perfume, old pictures, pets.
  • Virgo: paper, Home Depot (you know), new car, leather, shampoo that smells like cucumbers.
  • Libra: Fair food, makeup for little kids (like that weird glittery lipgloss), play dough.
  • Scorpio: clothes straight out of the dryer, hair dye, the smell of Abercrombie and Fitch (it just reminds me of scorpios idk).
  • Sagittarius: the grandma house smell, old records especially from grandma's house, McDonald's ice cream and fries.
  • Capricorn: oil pastels, hobby lobby, baby food, vegetables, bread.
  • Aquarius: new clothes smell, some "scent-free" lotion, pool smell, movie theaters.
  • Pisces: strawberry cake, a rollerskating rink, crayons, foreign candy.

anonymous asked:

Hey Emily! I was wondering if you could explain to me the difference between say 500 calories of strawberries vs 500 calories of chocolate? Just intrigued with how it all works! x

Sure sweetie! So there is a big difference between calories coming from fruits or veggies, and calories coming from junk food. I’ll use your food examples to explain.

Strawberries (and other fruits/vegetables) are a whole food. They grow naturally from the earth. They contain water, fibre, a perfect amount of protein and fats, and ENDLESS micronutrients that our bodies need to function optimally and allow us to feel our best. Our bodies recognise these sorts of foods better than any processed food, because they are the foods we are physiologically designed to eat. So when we eat a strawberry, our body instantly starts using the vitamins and minerals to help keep our body working, it uses the water to hydrate our cells, it uses the fibre to slow down the release of the sugars so that we have sustained energy and don’t experience a dramatic increase in our blood glucose and insulin levels. These whole foods work in perfect harmony with our bodies.

Chocolate on the other hand is a man made ‘food’. It takes small parts from various other foods and puts them together to make this new food. It takes the cacao powder from the bean, the oil from the palm tree fruit, the dehydrated milk proteins from cows milk, the sugar from the whole sugarcane plant, etc etc. As you can imagine, when we start to dissect foods and put them together to form new foods, the nutrient levels become skewed - there is too much fat from the oil and milk, there is no water, there is very little carbohydrate except from the refined sugar portion, and there is certainly no micronutrients (and if there is, there is only a small amount and in an obscure ratio). So when we eat foods like this, it throws our bodies off balance. Our bodies don’t instantly recognise these foods. With chocolate, for example, it is so high in refined fats and sugars that when our blood glucose levels rise in response to the sugar present, our insulin can’t effectively bring our blood glucose back to a healthy level because there is too much fat coating the sugar molecules and our cells. There is no water to hydrate us. There is no fibre to slow down the digestion process. There is barely any protein to help our muscles grow and repair, or to make new enzymes.

So as you can imagine, when we eat 500 calories of food our bodies are designed to eat like strawberries, we don’t put on weight - we simply burn it off and become more efficient, healthy beings. When we eat 500 calories of foods our bodies don’t recognise, like chocolate, it throws us off balance, causing weight gain and other health issues long term x

  • Grantaire ends up getting a job in a coffee shop because he is needing to pay for art supplies and rent. Grantaire can easily forget to buy food and basics, if he is wanting to get new paints and supplies that are extremely expensive for what they are. Joly is the one who manages to get Grantaire a job in the coffee shop, after Grantaire fainted after ‘forgetting’ to buy food for new oil pastels. Grantaire likes working in the Musian, as he likes to meet new people and he gets a rather generous paycheck that allows him to buy art supplies as well as food. 
  • Grantaire likes going to work and he never complains about doing so, even though he works every day and it leaves him with very little free time to get his art work done. When the Musian is going slow and all of the other jobs have been completed, Grantaire likes to draw while he waits for the next rush of people. Grantaire takes up to drawing on the coffee cups for people, and he has become well known for his artwork and people leave requests for him for their coffee cup artwork.
  • There is one customer that Grantaire likes to annoy in particular. The customer looks as if they have been carved out of marble, and they have this air of pure determination and pompousness around them. Grantaire knows that the customer’s name is Enjolras, and Grantaire spelt it wrong when he first heard it. Grantaire knows how to spell Enjolras’s name-as Enjolras gave him a five minute lecture on how to spell and pronounce it, but he takes a joy in deliberately misspelling it, or scrawling 'Apollo’, on the cup. Grantaire likes to draw pictures of Enjolras on his cups. Enjolras claims to hate them, but Grantaire has noticed Enjolras staring at the picture with a smile on his face.
  • Enjolras comes in everyday and when the cafe is quieter, Grantaire likes to have a debate with Enjolras over something-this is usually politics or the correct way to spell Enjolras’s name, 'My name is not Enjy. Grantaire.’ Grantaire looks forward to arguing with Enjolras every day.
  • Enjolras never requests Grantaire to draw on his cup, but he does one time. Grantaire gets bits of paper given to him, as that is the way people ask for drawings-mostly as the coffee machines are too loud to get heard over. One day Grantaire gets a request from Enjolras, that says 'Write your number for me on the cup. P.S, stop calling me Enjy.; Grantaire happily gives Enjolras his number, but he still calls Enjolras 'Enjy,’ but you can’t have everything. 
  • Enjolras later revels that he doesn’t like coffee, but he went into the cafe and ordered coffee, just so he can see Grantaire. And as a result of this, Enjolras and Grantaire don’t go on coffee dates, they go on tea and hot chocolate dates instead.