herb vinegars

Recipes: Sinus Reliever and Sore Throat Tea!

Sinus Reliever

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon raw local honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric

Enjoy!  

Sore Throat Tea

  • 2 tablespoons local honey
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • add to your favorite tea, I like to add it to “Traditional Medicinal” sore throat tea, or echinacea tea. 
Home Wash

To clean you home during  and after an illness to help with healing. 

One of the things I do after there has been some kind of illness or cold in my family/home is clean my home. Open the windows, let the sun in. Burn some sage and rosemary. Burn some lemon verbena. Wash the sheets and then hang them out in the sun. Most of all I wash my walls and floors. Like any modern witch I do use your standard cleaning liquids, but I also like to mix up a little something more to put in my wash water.

You will need some rain water if you have it and some clear and rose quartz. (Rose quartz will fill the home with a warm positive energy. I use clear quartz as a purifier.) I start the stone water at the beginning of my cleaning so that the stone water can sit out in the sun for a few hours to charge.

After a few hours

I take out the stones and mix in my herbs.

 Peppermint to cool things down and promote healing. Also Mint can be used as a purifier.

Rosemary is also a purifier and  promote healing, but is can also be used for protection from new illnesses.

Lemon Verbena cleans the energies of an area very well and I have found the it can add to the power of spell very nicely. (I once had a friend say that I will put this herb in just about anything…it kind of true. I love this stuff and even started growing it myself :3

I let it sit in the sun for a few more hours

Once done it’s a lot like a sun tea. I strain it out and now mix it with my wash. (If you are not a fan of chemical cleaners. Mix the herbs in vinegar in one jar, and make the stone water in another. Mix the tow jars when they are ready. Wash)


One way I charge my mix is every time I pass it as I clean, I give it three taps with my fingers. Pushing in my intent of washing away what made us sick and protecting us from new illnesses. 

Passive Magick [Part 1]

As a witch who works full time, suffers from a couple of chronic illnesses, and has two furbabies to care for, I’m finding that I have little time or physical energy to carry out full blown rituals or spells when practicing magick. For a long time, I felt like I was neglecting my practice because I wasn’t “doing enough” until I realized that you can be a witch and do spells with a minimal amount of tools and supplies. I’m not necessarily saying that you don’t need to put in just as much effort, but there are plenty of ways to practice magick in a minimalistic manner.

  • Correspondences - while it’s totally fine to have a physical grimoire that’s beautifully written, it’s not always time effective to flip through pages and pages of notes just to find a correspondence for an item you want to use, regardless of how organized you are. This is where technology comes in. I use OneNote for my grimoire - it’s an app that can be synced across various platforms such as your PC, smartphone, and tablet. There’s the option to add tabs at the top of the page (when using it on a PC), which is great for organizing your grimoire by subject. There’s also a search function, which comes in handy when you want to do magick on the go or need to quickly and easily find something.
  • Apps - I’d dare to say that most people have some kind of smartphone these days, so if you do, find some apps that you can use in your practice. Some of my favorites for Android include Phases of the Moon, Aquarius2Go, Galaxy Tarot and Galaxy Runes, and Runic Formulas.
  • Pre-spell Preparation - if you’ve been practicing for a while, you probably have an idea of the kinds of spells you like to do the most, whether they’re for protection, cleansing, relaxation, peace, grounding, cursing, whatever. With that being said, stock up on various ingredients that you know you’ll use, and separate them based on intent. In the same sense, you can prepare and charge various spell components ahead of time so that they’re ready to use when you need them - things like moon water, powders, and oil blends come to mind. I tend to do a lot of spells for success, so I’ve made a success oil in the form of a roll on perfume that I keep with me at all times - it contains a few different essential oils that match my intent (and are skin safe), a carrier oil, and some gem chips that keep it charged. I dab a little bit on the insides of my wrists when I need a boost, and sometimes I’ll even use it to draw sigils on myself that also match my intent.
  • Use items you already have - this bit is especially useful if you’re trying to cut down on the cost of “made for magick” items, i.e. things you’d find in a metaphysical store. There are tons of household items that can be used for magick that you likely already have - tea bags, herb blends for cooking, vinegar, body wash and soap, perfume, distilled water, etc. You can use these items as is, or combine them to make whatever you need. [disclaimer & warning: be smart about it, don’t go around mixing bleach and vinegar]
  • Speaking of using stuff you already have: Find out the correspondences of the things lying around your house and combine mundane action with magick. Gotta take a shower? Need to clean the house? Time to cook dinner? Figure out the correspondences of the stuff you’re using and make a quick and easy spell out of it. 
    • I tend to do bath magick a lot - everyone has to bathe at some point, so why not make it magickal? Places like Bath & Body Works and Lush are really good about listing the herbal and floral ingredients they use in their products, so pick a few of your favorites and go to town!
    • I use a Swiffer WetJet for the kitchen and bathroom - the liquid cleaning agent that I buy for it smells like lavender, so not only am I physically cleansing my space, I’m also inviting peaceful and relaxing energy into it. 
    • When I go to buy a new candle, I open up my OneNote grimoire and quickly find the correspondences of the color and scent and use it accordingly - so not only does my house smell good, it’s also filled with a particular energy based on the correspondences of the candle. 
    • When cooking, look up the correspondences for both the meal as a final product and the ingredients that go into it - I use olive oil a lot, so sometimes I’ll even draw a sigil in the bottom of the pan or dish to add a little boost.

Look out for part 2 of this post, where I’ll be making an actual list of various ways to perform passive magick and incorporate it into your daily routine.

CunningCelt’s DESTROY THAT NAZI SCUM curse jar

Gather at your workspace:
- chilli flakes to burn
- cloves for their foul bitter taste
- ground black pepper to burn and irritate
- ground coriander (optional, as I find it to be a foul and disgusting herb)
- white vinegar for bitterness
- habenero hot sauce to burn
- a candle and match
- a jar with lid
- paper and pen.

Start by writing on paper the names of your targets, a slip of paper each. Under their names, write them for what they are: NAZI. On the back of the paper draw The Poison Dagger by @qedavathegrey (link at the bottom of the post)

Cut the top off of the candle, and hollow out the bottom until the wick is exposed, creating an inverse candle. I did this to invoke the dark, subversive energies of nature. Light the candle.

Layer into the jar equal amounts of the herbs, until the jar is approximately 1/8 full.
Hold aloft your target’s name, and speak his name aloud, along with your desires for his destruction and the destruction of his way of thinking. Light the paper in the candle flame, and drop it into the jar, allowing it to burn out. Repeat this process with each slip of paper.

When the papers have burned to ash, layer more of the herbs (equal parts) on top. Fill the rest of the jar now with equal parts vinegar and hot sauce. As this mixes with the herbs and hot ash, it will begin to bubble and sizzle, oozing like a foul sludge. In this your targets are now buried.

Hold the candle in front of you, and pour all of your hatred, anger, and disgust into it. Speak aloud your desire again, for the destruction of these vile creatures who call themselves men, for the downfall once and for all of Nazism. Plunge the candle flame-first into the jar, extinguishing the flame with smoke and sizzle.

Seal the jar tightly and keep it in a dark place.

LINK: The Poison Dagger by @qedavathegrey reblogged by me
https://cunningcelt.tumblr.com/post/164172129390/qedavathegrey-the-poison-dagger-used-to-bring

Cooking vocab!

@coyotetrails asked me for a cooking vocab list, so here it is! Enjoy!

Faire sauter- to stir fry

Faire bouillir- to boil

Caraméliser- to caramelize

Faire - to fry

Cuire- to bake

La protéine - protein

Le glucide- carb

L'huile - oil

Le plat- dish

Faire cuire au gril- to grill

Sucrer- to sweeten

Le vinaigre- vinegar

L'herbe - herb

S'émietter- to crumble

Rôtir- to roast

Fondre- to melt

Le goût - taste

L'ingrédient- ingredient

Fouetter - to whisk

Verser - to pour

Holy Vinegar

Holy Vinegar has strong magical properties that make it ideal for cleansing, purification, exorcism and warding. It can also be used in curse breaking and reversal. When clearing a space, it can be sprinkled around with the fingers to help drive out unwanted energy and unwelcome spirits.

Materials
     -Airtight jar or bottle

Ingredients
     -White Vinegar
     -Lavender
     -Cloves
     -Anise
     -Rosemary

Simply place all your herbs in the bottle or jar using generous portions and then fill the jar up with vinegar. Make sure everything is fully submerged and then seal the jar and give it a hearty shake. Let the mixture steep for about two weeks or so if possible, or if left in direct sunlight, a few days. Make sure to shake the mixture again every so often. After that, strain the Vinegar thoroughly and replace it in a clean, airtight container for storage and it will be ready for ritual and spell work.   

The Harvest Transition

(Link to my Midpoints post) but to those familiar with my personal practice I follow my own wheel that has moments for celebration, moments for rest/relaxation and moments for action. The transition periods between seasons are the moments of action and we are currently in the harvest transition!

Transitions are always incredibly strange, awkward yet magical times if the year that feels like liminal space. We are just waiting for the next season while it’s no longer currently the last (like it’s still technically summer but 61 degree New Jersey with cool breezes doesn’t feel like it, yet it’s still not fall). The transition phases are all about preparation for what’s to come but also moments to take advantage of the unique time to create magical tools you can not create to the same effect any other time of year.

The harvest transition is unique since it’s the time everything is ready to be harvested and is ripe! We are in a transition of preserving and storing. Funnily enough two of my witchy friends call it the potion making season and it’s very true. This is a heavy kitchen witch magic intensive transition and as I’m currently in the middle of cultivating some tools I’ll share some activities with you in case you would like ideas!


🍺 The first thing I always associate with this transition is cider. This is a huge cider making transition of all and any ciders. If I had the means I would definitely hands down be brewing fresh apple cider right now in my basement but I don’t have the proper yeast or the money to buy bags of apples lol.

🌶 This is a fire cider season. This will be my first year making my own fire cider and my overly ambitious ass is going to make 6! (I’m going to make them color coordinated and have different associations. One for example is white fire and it will have garlic, white chive flowers, white onion, cardemom, white pepper, rosemary and white radish in it. For emerald ember it’s going to have parsley, cilantro, lime peel, horseradish and green peppers. I really want the green one to have that refreshing nose opening spice that’s super herbal and icy hot. There’s also going to be a gold, red, orange and violet one with stuff from my garden that are of those colors).


🍷 Apple cider vinegar is powerful and creates intense and healing elixirs. If you have a garden (like me) or access to a farmers market you can make a combination of healing elixirs from fresh herbs. Also infused vinegars are healthy and taste good if you add it into salads or any other food. A great elixir that comes to mind that is healthy for your urinary tract and menstrual health is red clover, raspberry leaf and dandelion leaves. (Get dandelion from an organic herb shop since most in the wild are either sprayed with pesticides or growing somewhere toxic. In general it’s wise to get herbs from a farm or organic shop if you can’t find it in your own backyard that you know you didn’t spray).

🍸 For more infusions and magic a lot of fruits, vegetables and herbs are in season and if you are into mixology like me or enjoy cooking with alcohol you should make infusions. Vodka is usually the best in that it has no flavor so it would taste like what you infused. This also makes excellent cooking extracts! Gin infuses best with herbs (though you could still use vodka cause gin is literally just vodka with herbs), rum infuses best with fruits, whiskey with spices and fruits mixed with honey, tequila with peppers and herbs (tequila is so summery for me I ignore it usually this time of year but since we talked about fire cider all that stuff you can put in fire cider would make an EXCELLENT fiery tequila infusion). And with your sweeter vodka infusions if you want it to be a cordial (something sweet you can drink straight up or that can really add to other drinks) you can take the same fruit you chose for the infusion and make a simple syrup with it (same parts water and sugar and let it simmer all together) and in a bottle pour 1/3 syrup and 2/3 infusion. (Can be ¼ syrup and the rest infusion it depends on the desired strength and sweetness).

🌱 Not everything has to be potion crafting though. If you are blessed with a dehydrator or oven you can dry herbs and fruits which would be ideal for tea blends. I dry so many apple slices this time of year for tea. You can also use these dried substances in spells like home made ground incense or magical smoking blends. You can also add dried fruits and vegetables in oil blends (since the water in those foods will be evaporated it will infuse better)

🍯 Speaking of oil infusions (and going back to the potion making lol) since a lot of herbs and produce is in season, making herbal oils would be a great practice. Certain oil blends can be used in hair, food or to anoint candles or wear on the body as magic. You can also add these magic infusions to soap gel potions for baths or mix with home made body creams! Just make sure it’s herbs that’s safe to go on the skin.
Infuse things like rosemary and basil in olive oil for a money oil spell. Put mugwort lavender and catnip in grapeseed for a dreaming oil. I know some oils have certain properties like olive is solar and grapeseed and coconut I know are lunar. I’m unsure about the others but of course correspondences are up to you (unless they relate to nutritional reasons then their correspondences usually have reasons.)

🥒This is also the season to pickle foods! I will post a few recipes but pickling onions and fermenting cabbage is great for your health. T'is the season for pickling and making jams too!

I might add more to this but for now these are the main activities of the transition!

Winter Tonic Recipe!

Winter is coming. But fear not, this natural recipe is a great way to help battle those pesky winter colds.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of cut Horseradish ( 3 roots sliced thin)
  • 2 Large Onions sliced
  • 8 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 small sized Ginger Root minced
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 cups apple cider vinegar

Store in a glass jar in a dark place for one month. Shake once daily. Strain mixture with cheese cloth and pour into an amber bottle with a glass dropper.

Use one dropper several times a day for a cold/sore throat. Add it to honey to disguise the taste. 

Start now to keep your family healthy and happy through the winter season!

Cheap Vegan Staples🌱

A coworker of mine has decided to try out veganism💚💚💚 (yay!) and asked me for a list of some cheap staple food ideas to buy at the grocery store. So I thought this might help out anyone wanting to transition and not really knowing what to buy!

Produce-
Bags of potatoes
Sweet potatoes/ yams (whichever is cheaper atm)
Onions
Mushrooms
Any veggies that are on sale (I tend to go for broccoli, kale/spinach, bell peppers etc)
Lots of bananas (smoothies/nice cream/oatmeal/baking/snacking ) Any fruit that is on sale (also check your stores reduced price produce shelf- there are almost always lots of perfectly ripe bananas, avocados, and lots of other goodies that are “too ripe” to sell at full price aka perfect.)

Dry goods-
Oats
Rice
Lentils
Beans- black + garbanzos are my fav ( canned are a little pricier but nice for convenience)
Bread + tortillas ( also check to see if your store has a discounted bakery area for stuff about to go stale - I always find herb focaccia, raisin bread, and artisan baguettes for under $2 each so I stock up and store in freezer until ready to use)
Cold cereal/granola (buying in bulk is the way to go for this if you don’t want to make your own)
Canned tomatoes (easily turns into sauce, or add to curries, pastas, Mexican style dishes etc)
Pasta
Peanut butter


Refrigerated-
Non dairy milk ( look for what’s on sale or deals on bigger sizes / multipacks + you can find smaller sizes in the dry goods area too if you don’t plan to use this much)
Non dairy butter ( I’ll buy this on sale only + in the largest size tub so I won’t need it again for a long time)

Optional: Tofu (firm - to make tofu scramble+ silken/soft - to make “sour cream”)


All in all I always keep my eye peeled for sales and bulk deals and know when to pass on something that week. Going into the store with a general plan for meals is always a good idea too so that you don’t overbuy or fill your basket with a bunch of random stuff that you have no idea what to do with once you’re home. I did not include “luxury” items like faux meat/cheese/yogurt/ ice cream etc because they aren’t necessary even if some of them are very tasty. I personally don’t eat them often and you may buy them at your own discretion. The only faux meat I always have on hand is tvp (aka textured vegetable protein, a dry and unflavored meat substitute that is made from soy that you rehydrate with veggie broth or water and seasonings that can replace any kind of ground meat or even bacon bits when prepared properly that can either be found in bulk at a natural foods store or the natural foods baking/flour area in your regular grocery store for fairly inexpensive ). I also didn’t include some basic stuff like flour, coffee/tea, sugar, cooking oil etc but I buy all these things in bulk and avoid most brands of white sugar and choose to buy my raw sugar in the bulk area of my local natural foods store where I am sure that it isn’t processed with bone char, I also tend to use coconut oil to cook with but this is totally a personal preference. Condiments are completely up to you but some stuff I use include veganaise, corn syrup-free ketchup, stone ground mustard, liquid aminos (soy sauce substitute), worstishire sauce ( look for one without anchovies), sriracha, cholula, chipotle tabasco, (I’m a hot sauce queen), fruit jam, balsamic and apple cider vinegar . Herbs and spices are also up to you but by far my most used ones are basic salt+pepper, garlic powder, Italian herbs seasoning, curry powder, cumin, cinnamon, nutritional yeast(even if that’s not technically a herb/spice and I buy it in the dry goods bulk area of my local natural foods store), and fresh cilantro. If you have a local Asian market I also highly recommend checking it out- they usually have inexpensive produce including lots of cheap fresh herbs (hello basil I’m looking at you), they also have lots of affordable accidentally vegan ramen/ instant noodle soup packs, and tons of rice noodles in all shapes and sizes in bulk for cheap, I also prefer to buy my rice here in bulk. One last thing I do to save a little money is keep a large bowl or bag in my freezer and fill it with veggie scraps like onion peels, pepper stems, carrot tops etc that I will use to make my own veggie broth after it is extremely full- simply put it all in a large pot, cover with water and simmer for an entire day, add salt to taste and use immediately or store for up to one week in the fridge or up to a few months in the freezer.

I hope this post helps you out and shows you that being vegan can indeed be very cheap if you know how to shop, and gives you some ideas for next time you’re at the grocery store. If you have any questions I’m always ready to help! 💁🏻

Yesterday I dyed.

Top: “Squash Blossom,” onion skins and random orange and green food-safe dyes on Knitpicks’ Bare Swish Bulky (100% Superwash Merino)

Second: random application of food-safe pink and cyan on Knitpicks’ Bare Stroll Fingering (75% Superwash Merino/25% nylon)

Third: dried sage herb + iron chain/ vinegar water dyebath on Bare Stroll Fingering

Last: dried calendula + a tiny bit of turmeric/vinegar water dyebath on Bare Stroll Fingering

anonymous asked:

oh jeez oh me here goes my horrible idea for BatMomma! Could you do one where BatMomma is Italian? Like, calling Bruce amante and her sons maschietto and daughters bambina? Maybe their reaction to her cooking something to get the sugar out of and into sauce? Being Italian myself and having friends eat my pasta sauce, a lot of them say it's exteremly sweet. Maybe some hcs of that too? Pretty please?

(I just wrote it here because it’s way too short for an actual post)

- Bat Mom always sending her older kids off with leftovers. Like here Dick I made you some baked ziti. It’s literally enough to last him all week. So he eats nothing but ziti all week, and then he calls and complains about how his stomach hurts.

- And you’re just like….You weren’t supposed to eat all of it, I kind of expected you to throw away half of it…..Or at least share.

- You make actual Tiramisu, and everyone in the house is astounded, because they’re used to the cheap shit you get at restaurants where the lady fingers are just vanilla cake, etc.

- “Oh my god, is this what it’s supposed to taste like? BRUCE YOU’VE BEEN CHEATING US OUT OF THIS???”

- Your fridge always having a container of meatballs.

- Like if there are not meatballs in your fridge, something is really wrong

- All the kids go, and just eat meatballs for a snack whenever they’re hungry.

- YOU BAKE THE BEST BREAD IN THE ENTIRE WORLD

- Sometimes they pretend to be sick just so you’ll make some more for them.

- “Mom I’m sick.”

- “…….Do you just want some bread?”

-”……………Not just because I want some bread, maybe some olive oil too.” 

- You pickle your own olives in a special herb/vinegar/oil blend (I don’t know how to pickle stuff, I just know my mom uses vinegar.)

- “Are the olives ready?”

- “No you have to wait another day at least.”

- They don’t listen.

- “Mom this doesn’t taste good!”

- “Yeah, because they’re not ready yet!”

anyways, basic warding spray? i went with this because i live in an apartment so i can’t really draw lines around the perimiter

dollar store spray bottle, dollar store mesh strainer, a pot and stove, protection herbs of choice, salt, vinegar, water

water, salt, and herbs go in the pot on the stove, in an amount that should about fit in your bottle. stew em together for about 10 minutes. 

you can add the vinegar with the rest of the ingredients, or you can wait until it’s done- hot vinegar has a very distinctive smell so people will probably ask questions if you’re trying to keep it on the down-low. (i said it was a cooking experiment.) in any case i recommend vinegar mainly because it can help keep the plant matter (or plant juices if that’s how you’re going) from going bad. anyways i went with 60% water to 40% vinegar.

once the liquid’s taken some the color from the ingredients it can be removed from heat. let it cool completely!!! before bottling it, otherwise it’ll cool in the bottle and do that weird suction thing and the heat may not be too good for a plastic bottle anyways. 

i chose to strain the plant matter out of mine, but i feel like that’s mostly an aesthetic difference.

i do strongly recommend cleansing your space first, so you don’t accidentally seal anything you don’t want up in your space with you. but once it’s bottled up, feel free to spray it wherever you think you need extra protection- doors, windows, corners, everywhere?? have fun being safe and protected, folks

Cleaning, Witchy Style

Floor Washes are traditionally used in Hoodoo practices for cleansing, blessing, and enchanting a home, And include a number of herbs for specific desires. Today, I’ll show you my recipe for cleansing, protecting and purifying my home. This is an excellent way to use the herbs you already have, and prolong their use. It’s also a great alternative to using herb smoke if you are unable to do so.

To make this particular floor wash you will need:

  • 1 clean glass Mason Jar (Plastic Containers are fine, Just make sure its air tight!)
  • Enough White Vinegar to fill your jar half way

And a pinch of the following herbs (You don’t need all all of them)

  • Chamomile Flowers
  • Hibiscus Flowers {For Color (personal Preference)}
  • Angelica Root
  • Jasmine Flowers 
  • Cinnamon Chips
  • Lavender Buds 
  • Spearmint Leaves
  • Rue
  • Lemon Grass
  • Sage
  • Juniper

(You can use any herbs that you do have, The most important thing is your intention)

Now add your herbs to the Vinegar, And before you seal the jar, Take a minute to think of your intention. Feel it, and Push it into your jar for that added “OOMPH”. Next, Seal it up and and shake vigorously. You really want your herbs to move around and release their energy. Let your mixture sit for a minimum of 4 weeks. You want this to be strong. Shake daily, While pushing your energy and intent into the bottle. Strain, and Done.

- When Moping -

Personally I recommend using about ¼ of a cup of your mixture per gallon of moping Water, But that part is up to you. 

You can also add a small amount of your mixture to a spritzer bottle with Water, and use it as a purifying mist. 


Happy Cleaning Witches! 


(Disclaimer: Keep in mind that certain herbs can stain so always be careful and test a small discreet spot before mopping)

Herbarium: Sage

Salvia officinalis is a perennial, evergreen subshrub, with woody stems, grayish leaves, and blue to purplish flowers. It is a member of the family Lamiaceae and is native to the Mediterranean region, though it has naturalized in many places throughout the world. It has a long history of medicinal and culinary use. Officinalis, refers to the plant’s medicinal use—the officina was the traditional storeroom of a monastery where herbs and medicines were stored.

Medical properties:

internal use: good for digestion, effective remedy for infections, in particular of the mucus membranes. Sage extracts or essential oils improve memory, attention/executive function, alertness and mood. 

external use: extract of the herb in vinegar can be used for sprains, contusions and rheumatism. Decotion promotes scarring. Helpful against large pores and oily skin.

Magical uses:

White sage Salvia apiana is sacred in many Shamanic and Native American belief systems and is used in smudging, and other, ceremonies to purify the body. This plant is difficult to grow in captivity and is largely wildcrafted which threatens native populations. Garden sage is a suitable substitute.

Sage is used in magical workings for immortality, longevity, wisdom, protection and the granting of wishes.

*caution: the herb is toxic in high concentrations.

  1. NOTICING (moon cycles, tension in the body, internal moods, others’ moods, notice energy, listening more, noticing the good)
  2. STUDYING (reading things you’re interested in, trying to understand your surroundings, mind puzzles, palm reading, asking people to explain things to you)
  3. CARING (practicing patience, breathing, going on walks, spontaneity, flow, incorporating a healthy item into your diet every month, organizing your time thoughtfully)
  4. PURIFYING (drinking more water, herb/vinegar/baking soda baths, picking better foods/drinks, confronting fear + shame, exposure to fear, gardening)
  5. INTERPERSONAL (reaching out to people you care about, giving things away that you no longer need, complimenting strengths, identifying complementary relationships as well as tiring/heavy relationships)
  6. DOCUMENTATION (journaling, photo-journaling, mood board or vision board, blogging, sharing)
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                                            Edible Flower Crown.


  • Lapsang-cured roe deer rolled in leek ash
  • Roses of Prosciutto di Parma
  • Croustade, whipped creme fraiche seasoned with horseradish, topped with smoked salmon roe.
  • Crispy salted arctic char skin.
  • Roasted butternut and garlic pureé
  • Cured quail yolks spilling from faux starling shells.
  •  Slowcooked Moose tongue, panko fried.
  •  Raw Chiogga beet.
  • Yellow beet, cooked whole and then tossed with warm butter and honey..
  •  Blanched brussel sprout leaves.
  • Onion infused with a sweet and sour redbeet and cherry vinegar
  •  Herb creme.
  • Fresh herbs
  • Edible flowers.

The Edible Flowercrown. Landed in this idea since I wanted to showcase a lot of the local food we have in Sweden, while giving nods to Hannibal imagery, and a sort of one plate smorgasbord seemed appropriate. 

Quite a bit of game and fish, with the smoke-cured roe deer hiding oriental features in the lapsang tea, and the burnt ashes of the leeks providing the raven-black outer layer to the stag. The filet of roe deer is turned in salt, sugar and lapsang tea and set on a tray for 3 days turning them over after half the time, and then rolling them tight in cling film before freezing. Thawed gently in a fridge and turned in the leek ash. The freezing both helps eliminateany food safety concerns of uncooked cured food as well as setting the cylindrical shape of the filet as its frozen in the roll of the cling film.

Roe of salmon and arctic char skin for the fisherman. Creme fraiche whipped and seasoned with freshly grated horseradish and salt is topped in the croustade with the wonderful pearl-like salmon roe.

pumpkin for Jack, because I get to make a bad food pun when cooking for Hannibal damnit ;)  butternut peeled, cut and roasted in the oven along with garlic cloves, pureed with a bit of olive oil and then heated with a bit of butter, salt and pepper.

Three kinds of beets, because of the season. Winter is heavy on root vegetables in a country where iceand snow is the order of the day. The red beets providing the dark red notes for the sweet pickled onion, using distilled vinegar, a classic food staple in Swedish cooking. Chiogga beets raw for the crunch and the fantastic visual, and yellow beet cooked whole, peeled and tossed with a bit of honey and butter before serving.

Moose tongue, first set in a salt brine for 3 days and then cooked slowly over 4 hours with bay leaves, black pepper, allspice and root vegetables, skinned and set to cool, finally  turned in flour, egg yolk and finally panko before being fried in a skillet.

The quail yolks are separated from the whites and buried in salt for 24 hours, producing a yolk with a salty intense yolk flavour and the consistency of soft toffee. The shells are cleaned gently inside and submerged for 24 hours minimum in a liquid made of shredded red cabbage which has been boiled for 20 minutes with salt, sugar and white vinegar before being strained and chilled. This turns the shells blue, to simulate a starling egg. The shell being only inedible thing on the plate is fitting since Lecter doesn’t eat Starling.

Roses of Parma ham, a homage to those lovely roses Hannibal served.

A creme made from infusing a coldpressed olive oil with green herbs and then beaten into a emulsion with egg yolks. Seasoned with salt and pepper.

Green herbs and blanched leaves of brussel sprouts along with edible flowers to complete the crown