garden recipe

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The first pic is the lil greenhouse I built for $100. I used old planks of wood from when we rebuilt the porch and the glass panes from when we replaced all the windows in the house. The second picture is last year’s herb harvest: two types of basil, some parsley and cilantro, dill, tarragon, and oregano. The last four I took this morning. Dill and an amaryllis (that refuses to flower), spinach and lettuce in the outside planter, although it’s still been too warm for the lettuce so it’s been trying to seed, beans and peas, and basil and oregano.
The weather has ranged from really hot to really cold over the past few months, and I’m learning about what grows best where in the greenhouse, so some things have been growing well and other haven’t been. 

♡ Magickal Lemon Spearmint Green Tea ♡

Hello there, my dears! This is my own personal recipe for lemon spearmint green tea imbued with luck, healing, prosperity, and protection. It’s very simple and easy to make, and it’s especially refreshing on a hot summer day.

Ingredients:

♡ Spearmint leaves (you can use any type of mint you want, I just happen to be growing spearmint at the moment)

♡ Green tea bags (I buy the large store brand ones)

♡ Lemon juice or an actual lemon

♡ Sugar or honey

Put a pot of water on the stove to boil. I use a big pot because I like to make a gallon at a time. Wash your mint leaves and set them aside. Add your tea bags to your water (it won’t be boiling yet). The box will tell you how many to add for the amount of water you are using (or just eyeball it like I do). Before you add your mint leaves, center yourself and focus your energy. Tear each leaf in half and drop it into the water. The tearing helps to release more flavor and put your own energy into the leaves. As you drop the leaves into the water, chant the words luck, healing, prosperity, and protection however many times you feel is necessary. I tend to say each word as I drop in a leaf, imbuing that leaf with the power of that word. Let your tea come to a boil, while stirring here and there. I also tend to chant while I’m stirring. Once it has come to a boil remove the tea bags, take it off of the heat, and transfer it into whatever container you wish to use. I have a trusty plastic gallon sized pitcher than I use for my magickal teas. Add in your sugar or honey. I use anywhere between a half cup and a full cup of sugar for a gallon, but add however much you wish. Add some more spearmint leaves as well. Add in a few squirts of lemon juice for happiness. Alternatively, just squeeze a lemon into the container and/or add lemon slices. That’s it! Stick it in the refrigerator to cool off and serve over ice. 

Pro tip: If you are harvesting the mint yourself, make sure to thank the plant for allowing you to harvest it, don’t take more than you need, and don’t harvest in a way that injures the plant. (you can always google how to properly harvest certain herbs without harming the plant itself)

Happy tea making, dearies ♡♡♡

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Foodie Friday: Candied Violets

*WARNING: This recipe uses raw egg whites and flowers. Please make sure that your flowers are of an edible variety, and grown pesticide-free, for safety’s sake (especially in this recipe, be sure to avoid using African violets, which are not edible). Be sure that if you are in the US, your eggs are of a high grade, and that the egg whites are properly prepared for use. 

Servings: Varies
Ingredients:
-Whole edible violets, fresh and with stems still attached
-1 egg white per cup of loosely packed flowers
-1 cup superfine or castor sugar
-A fine paintbrush (if you don’t have one dedicated to food, then get one… please do not use a paintbrush from the studio…)

1. Gently wash the flowers by placing them in a sieve and gently spraying them with water. Gently shake off excess moisture and set them out in a single layer on a rack or absorbent towel to dry.

2. Allow the egg white to reach room temperature. Use a whisk to gently whip it until it is slightly frothy.

3. Using the paintbrush, gently coat the flower petals with egg white, holding the flower by the stem. Then sprinkle sugar over the flower until it is completely coated. Set it out on a sheet of parchment or wax paper to dry.

4. Allow the violets to dry for up to 24 hours so that they completely dry out. When dry, cut the stems off at the base of the flower. Store in an airtight container (shelf life of up to a month) and serve either alone as a treat, or as an edible garnish on cookies, cupcakes, cakes, et cetera.

Magical Ingredient!

So it’s been fairly busy in the restaurant of late, as students come back from spring break, and families come into the county to celebrate Easter. The Christian Holy Week is in full force, so I’ve spent a fair amount of my time cooking tilapia, shrimp, and salmon. With this Foodie Friday, I decided it was high time I took a break from seafood in favor of a sweet little spring treat that’s been cherished since the Victorian era.

Flowers are a mainstay in witchcraft, and why shouldn’t they be. Not only do they signify fertility and rebirth, they’re beautiful, and every herb and plant holds some sort of property that we as witches may incorporate into our practice. Witches who focus on herbs and plants, be they green witches, garden witches, or -yes- even kitchen witches, often have entire charts worth of correspondences just for how to use plants in their practice.

Here, however, I’m going to be focusing on our featured recipe and look at violets. The recipe can, of course, be adapted for any edible flower, but if I were to go into detail about every flower that you could eat, I’d be here all night (not a good thing since I have to be back at the restaurant in a few hours)!

Violets are exceptional spring flowers for use in love, luck, lust, and protection spells, as well as sweetening spells. Depending on your practice, the use of the violet may differ!

First, we’ll address teas. Violets in tea are often used to ease pain and fever, a practice that was particularly prominent in Romanian and Chinese medicine. In addition, it was common in Ancient Greece to use violets to help moderate anger, aid sleep, and ease depression - a property that would later also give the violet another common name: “heart’s ease.”

Rich in vitamins A and C, as well as various other nutrients, violets are an early spring edible that can be added to many different recipes, from vinegars to syrups and even salads, giving the kitchen witch plenty of options to play with in working with this little flower.

In matters of love, the flowers can be used in sachets, teas, or foods to help encourage faithfulness in a relationship or to encourage a growth of love and/or lust. Meanwhile, the leaves can be used in green sachets to promote luck and wealth.

The roots are great for cleansing, as they can be dried and added to incense for smoke cleansing.

Combining violets and lavender makes for a particularly potent form of protection and luck, as well as love, spell. This approach can be used in any way that you use the flower, be it burning in an incense, cooking, or creating a witch bag.

For the kitchen witch, violets are versatile and can be used in many recipes. Add the flowers and leaves to a salad, make a floral syrup or vinegar, candy them, or create a floral water. These are just a few ideas of what you can do with violets.

Ultimately, to sum all of this up, violets are a little flower sometimes approached as a weed. But in terms of medicine, culinary use, and witchcraft, this little weed is actually an early spring treasure. Consider different ways to incorporate violets into your practice (and your recipes), and see where this little blossom takes you!

Bonus Spell!

Josh’s Self-Love Candy Jar

-Make candied violets as above, visualizing happiness, health, and confidence as you do so. Channel this intent into the crafting of the snack for extra umph.

-Cleanse a jar and begin adding your flowers, chanting or focusing on positive affirmations as you add each flower: “By the first flower, I find joy in the small things. By the second flower, I see my inner beauty. By the third flower, I see beauty around me…”

-When the jar is full, enchant it as a whole before adding the lid. For added effect, draw or trace a symbol or sigil for your intent on the lid or jar.

-Once a day, eat a candied violet while visualizing that intent. You feed the spell by feeding yourself!

May all your meals be blessed!
Blessed Be! )O(

Homemade Fertilizer

Can’t afford to buy fertilizer or just want to make your own? Here is my magic plant juice recipe (proven to yield awesome results)!

You will need:
- A clean jar
- Banana peels
- Egg shells
- Used coffee grounds OR tea bags
- Coffee filter / paper towel (for straining)

1. Chop up banana peels.
2. Clean egg shells of any remaining yolk and/or film.
3. Collect used coffee grounds (or used tea bags, if you don’t drink coffee).
4. Place all of these in your CLEAN! jar.
5. Top with water. Close jar and shake it up nice and good.
6. Leave it alone in a cool, dark place for about a week.
7. Strain the solids.
8. Keep refrigerated. Or don’t. Personally I just leave it a cool, dark corner of my studio. Just make sure to keep it out of direct sunlight.

* Use fertilizer full-strength on plants that really need a boost. Otherwise, you can dilute it with water.
* Banana peels are full of macronutrients like potassium and magnesium, eggshells add calcium, and coffee grounds add nitrogen.

Now go forth and get your plants drunk and happy!!!

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Vegan Chicken Fajitas

This was soooo good I highly recommend to recreate this recipe.

Ingredients:

For the “Chicken”

  • Pack of tortillias
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vegetable stock
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne powder
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsps fresh parsley or cilantro
  • ½ tsp Sriracha sauce
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 10 oz vegan chicken strips (I used garden vegan)
  • juice of half a lime

For the Peppers and Onion

  • 1 red pepper thinly sliced sideways
  • 1 yellow or green pepper thinly sliced sideways
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 yellow onion thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients for the chicken in a bowl and toss the seasonings with your veggie chicken strips. Then set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Wash your peppers, then slice them as well as the onion. In a large pan heat the olive oil then add your onions, the peppers and the remaining seasonings. Fry for 3-5 minutes on medium heat. 
  3. Once the Peppers and the onions have wilted add the chicken to the pan and cook for another 5-10 minutes. 
  4. Now you are ready to assemble your fajitas. You can add some vegan shredded cheddar cheese, or some salsa or maybe you can even add some vegan sour cream. It’s all customizable and easy to make. Enjoy!
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April is National Gardening Month, which means it’s time to pick out veggies to grow. Whether it’s a backyard garden, community garden or simply potted herbs on a windowsill, there are plenty of ways to grow fresh produce perfect for topping your favorite pasta dishes this summer.  

Rotini with Argula and Peppers
Spaghetti with Spiralized Vegetables
Rotini Pasta Salad with Raw Veggies and Egg

Been reading Viridarium Umbris lately, by the author Daniel Schulke. I’d really recommend it to any witch who wishes to work with plant or grove.

Above is a photo of my potions grimoire, in which i have added a lovely tea recipe that i found in the book. It is to be ingested during the sacred process of fasting, during which the practitioner creates a clean, empty, permeable atmosphere within the body, and as such makes of themselves a fit vessel for spirit.

Ingredients:

• Oat straw

• Nettle tops

• Rose hips

• Clover blossom

• Peppermint leaf

• Ginger root

Method:

The ginger root and rose hips are to be brought to boil in eight measures of water. Reduce the heat, letting the mixture cook for a short while, after which the other ingredients are added and the pot is taken off the heat. Let the whole mixture infuse for a half hour, after which the plant pulp is returned to the earth, and the tea consumed.

In regards to measurements, i simply play around with different amounts until i feel i’ve got it right. It depends a lot on the quantity of tea you wish to make. As the Wayfarer’s Tea is intended to be consumed as a sustenance during the act of fasting, i would create enough to sip on throughout the day.

-Brigitte

I just cleaned my dash and NONE of my long-time mutual friends unfollowed me during my YOI posting spree this winter. You??? Are the best friends??? 

Anyway, hi, everyone else. The tumblr app doesn’t run well on my phone anymore (phone is old and dies quickly), so I’m not here much. But since I’m here right now, would anyone like a followback?

⭐Watermelons⭐ when they grow along the fence like this it reminds me of christmas ball balls but much prettier and edible! 😉 #organic #homegrown 

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DISNEY + ASTROLOGY: SUN SIGNS*

PISCES (February 19 - March 20)

In a dreamscape, you’ll discover me, just past my secret garden
Concocting up recipes for the perfect love to fall in
I’m sailing along seas, sacrificing my self for us,
That’s how you know I’m a Pisces: I’m selfless and in love

You’ll stay with me, you’ll be who I want you to, that’s what my dreams have said
You’ll let me save you time again, it says so in my script,
What do you mean you don’t want this? I didn’t plan that in my head
Why be in reality when I can be in my heart’s crypt?

-April (@astrolofae)