A grain of rice, like a grain of sand, sifts through your hands with a mysterious and lovely sameness. Mostly white or tan, hundreds or thousands of grains pour smoothly out of buckets, out of burlap, into bowls, with a sound like small waterfalls. Rice seems so simple, really. And yet, because it plays a central role in world cuisines, these modest grains can carry the weight of history. Sometimes that history is deeply surprising.
Trinidadian ethnobotanist Francis Morean is living that surprise. The 56-year-old grew up in Trinidad’s Palo Seco hamlet, helping his mother and grandmother plant “hill rice” in the garden once the late-spring rainy season had begun. They would punch checkerboard-style holes in the ground with stakes fashioned from tree branches, and drop the rice seeds in. After harvesting, they would dry the rice plants on large cloths sewn together and laid in the sun. The dried rice plants were shredded by dancing and stomping on them barefoot, the hulls removed in homemade mortars and pestles. The rice stored well for years and was, says Morean, a cherished dish at the dinner table.
“In Sierra Leone and many West African nations, rice was an essential part of every meal,” Morean says. “So being able to produce one’s rice was a major plus for persons of the African diaspora.”
And this particular rice, in the words of David Shields, author of Southern Provisions: The Creation and Revival of a Cuisine, was “the most historically significant African diaspora grain in the Western Hemisphere.” Last month, Morean joined Shields and assorted rice geneticists, scholars, growers and chefs in Charleston, S.C., to attend a day-long tasting and presentation on the history of this unusual African rice that is, nowadays, causing a bit of a stir.
It’s a rice that traveled from Africa to low country — the sea islands and coastal plains of the American Southeast – and was grown widely in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Kentucky. While it was not a major commercial crop on plantations, for the enslaved Africans who worked them, it was a vital, edible link to the homes they and their ancestors had been wrenched from. It was then brought to Trinidad by formerly enslaved people called Merikins — a variant of “Americans” — where it thrived even as it vanished from U.S. fields. It is a seed that followed the slave trade, and its repatriation now may help fill in a critical missing link in Southern, African and Trinidadian foodways.
Rice is a dietary staple for many cultures across the globe, but it is useful for so much more than just eating. Rice is also a powerful magickal ingredient, and fermented rice water even more so.
What the heck is fermented rice water?!?
Well, fermented rice water is just regular old rice water (you guessed it) fermented. Rice Water is made by soaking rice in water for several hours until all of its nutrients seep out into the water, leaving you with a product great for using on hair, nails, and even skin. When you ferment the water, you make it easier for these nutrients to permeate the skin and hair.
How to make fermented rice water:
You will need:
½ cup of any kind of rice
3 cups of water
First, rinse your rice thoroughly.“But Thyme! Won’t that rinse out some of the nutrients? I’m rinsing it and the water is turning cloudy and white!“ Actually, that’s totally okay. You haven’t been soaking the rice for long enough for nutrients to seep out. What you are seeing is dust and other impurities. Throw this water out.
Next, place your rice in a large bowl and add the three cups of water. You can leave this mixture to soak for as little as 30 minutes if you are in a rush, but I usually do it for a couple of hours. Strain out any rice when your water is a nice cloudy white and very fragrant. Congrats, you have made rice water! You can stop here if you like but if you want to ferment your rice water for added benefits, keep reading.
All you have to do now is let your rice water sit covered in a room temperature location for 24-48 hours. The warmer the room the faster it will ferment. It will smell pretty… interesting once it is done fermenting.
You can boil the fermented rice water if you wish but I don’t (because I ain’t afeared a germs) but if it freaks you out, boil it afterwards.
The fermented rice water may be too potent, so you will have to dilute it with some warm water to use directly on skin or just pour it straight into your bath.
You can store your fermented rice water for up to 7 days in a closed container in your fridge. Just watch out for mold and throw it out if it smells too funky.
Magickal Uses and Properties of Fermented Rice Water:
Fermented rice water has similar magickal properties to rice itself with some quirks. Here are some of my associations for fermented rice water:
blessings of abundance when used topically
money, plentiful riches when used topically
spiritual wealth or prosperity when used topically
fertility of crops and animals when used topically or released into the air
protection from skin conditions when used topically
bringing healing rain to the earth, can be used topically or sprayed into the air
keeping evil spirits at bay, can be sprayed like sage water or used topically
a feeling of security, like the warm embrace of a mother when used topically
beauty, to be used in glamours when used topically (on hair and skin)
Rice water is a very useful addition to any witch’s closet of goodies and is especially useful in glamours, money spells, and fertility spells. Happy casting, lovelies!
*Disclaimer: Please test your rice water on a small patch of skin before using to ensure that you will not have an allergic reaction. Rice water is considered safe for administering topically but check first. And I can’t believe I have to say this but for the love of god
don’t drink the stuff.
varying sentence starters from pink guy’s / filthy frank’s album, pink season, organized in order of the tracklist. very long post. different triggers apply, you’ve been warned !
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❛ ooh, that was a little dark. ❜
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❛ i do it for my city. ❜
❛ please stop calling me gay. ❜
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❛ i regret to inform you, i fucked your girls pussy. ❜
❛ she’s so nice. ❜
❛ she lets me use her body. ❜
❛ i treat her badly, but she comes back every time. ❜
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❛ i’m cooking all the dumplings. ❜
❛ i’m cooking up a storm, boy, none of that beef shit. ❜ ❛ they say i’m the man in your nightmares. ❜
❛ that’s a personal issue. ❜
❛ i’m a motherfucking meme machine. ❜
❛ without memes, i will die. ❜
❛ i’m tryna get my dick wet. ❜
❛ feminism: the pussy’s in charge. ❜
❛ flex like david ike. ❜
❛ i think i know the truth. ❜
❛ high school sucks. ❜
❛ i got these pussy bitches wailing like the japanese. ❜
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“I took him in my arms, oh, so cold, so unyielding, this monster which I had made out of human flesh.” Lestat—The Tale of the Body Thief.
(psst, so sry for being a flake and missing the last two days! but y’know, classes.)
Ever since I read George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion,” I became interested in that whole Pygmalion and Galatea Greek myth. In case anyone doesn’t know—the story is about a sculptor and how he fashions a statue of his ideal woman because he finds all real women repulsive. He ends up enamored with his creation, and prays to Aphrodite to breathe life into her; she does so, only to get him to shut up. They live happily ever after.
Anyway, whenever I think about the myth, I refuse to believe Galatea (the statue) was content to just be so complacent. It’s why I drew Louis’ face so disturbed. Just my take on it! Also, whenever I think about that quote ^^ up there, it just brings to mind the story.
InktoberVC—Day 15: Vampires as your favorite myth!
Aftermovie of an epic roadtrip from the south (Ho Chi Minh City) to the north (Hanoi) in Vietnam: a beautiful and diverse country with the best food in the world. We spent 3 weeks travelling over land, using cars, taxis, bikes, scooters, trains and painful night busses. Locations: Ho Chi Minh City / Can Tho (Mekong delta) / Da Lat / Nha Thrang / Da Nang / Hoi An / Hue / Phong Nha Ke Bang / Ninh Binh / Ha Long Bay / Sa Pa / Hanoi.
ok am i the only one who finds the beginning of IWTV so shady??
lol i know im not, so imma just go ahead and speculate–if you’d like to read, you may go ahead and do so c: same goes for sharing thoughts! id love to hear what you all have to say <3 but, beware, it gets pretty long, sorry folks >//<
my full piece for the takumi side of the struck to cinders zine! i decided on a picture of young takumi and his retainers, assuming theyve known each other for a long time. Rice fields are trickier to draw than they look; i think ive learned something.