magic tomato

Foodie Friday: Pasta al Pomodoro

Servings: 2-4

Ingredients:
-¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
-1 medium onion, minced
-4 garlic cloves, minced
-Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
-28 oz. can peeled tomatoes, pureed
-Kosher or Sea salt
-3 large basil sprigs, plus basil leaves for garnish
-12 oz pasta of choice (spaghetti, linguine, rotini, or cavatappi recommended)
-2 tbsp unsalted butter
-¼ cup finely grated parmesan, pecorino, or romano cheese

1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until soft. In a separate pot, bring salted water to a boil.

2. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for about 2-4 minutes (remember to use your nose and keep close attention on fragrance; you don’t want the garlic to burn)

3. Add the pepper flakes and cook for about a minute to release flavor. Increase the heat to medium, add t he tomatoes, and season lightly with salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce begins to thicken slightly and the flavors blend (roughly 20 minutes).

4. Remove the pan from heat, stir in the basil sprigs, and set aside.

5. In the pot, add pasta to the boiling water and cook, stirring occasionally until it is close to al dente (but not quite there yet). Drain the pasta, reserving about ½ a cup of the pasta water.

6. Remove the basil from the sauce and heat the skillet over high heat. Stir in the reserved water to loosen the sauce and bring to a boil. Add pasta and cook, stirring, until al dente. Remove the pan from the heat, add butter and cheese, and toss until the cheese and butter has melted.

7. Transfer to warm bowls, and garnish with grated cheese and basil leaves or parsley.

Magical Ingredient

When I get home from work, my boyfriend sometimes comments about how I smell. As I work in an Italian kitchen, this can either be a good thing or a bad thing for him. On a good day, I end up smelling like alfredo with a hint of garlic. On a bad day, I come home smelling strongly of tomatoes. Love them or hate them, it’s difficult to separate the tomato from Italian cooking. From savory to sweet, tomatoes have a wonderful range of flavor depending upon how they’re cooked, and they lend a vibrant red color to whatever dish they’re being made into.

Given how strong of an association tomatoes have to Italian cuisine, it’s sometimes easy to forget that historically, tomatoes are actually fairly new to European cooking, having been introduced as part of the Columbian Exchange and spurned because of its status as a member of the nightshade family of plants, much like potatoes and eggplant. It wouldn’t be for another 150 years before tomatoes would be considered safe for consumption, and even then, only in sauces.

Part of the fear of tomatoes was because of its link to deadly nightshade, but another aspect of this fear was due to its connection to lust. Its deep red color and use as a powerful aphrodisiac linked it rather strongly to the temptation of Eve in the Christian Genesis story, and some languages still associate tomatoes with lust and love (particularly French - pomme d’amore - and Hungarian - paradice appfel - which mean “apple of love” and “apple of paradise” respectively).

In terms of health, tomatoes are extremely beneficial for those who aren’t allergic or sensitive to their acidity. In particular, they’re useful in aiding liver function and are rich in potassium and citric acid. In addition, their high water content makes them useful in helping with hydration.

But in witchcraft, the tomato continues to embrace its status as an ingredient of lust, love, protection, and money-drawing - especially when paired with other ingredients with shared correspondences. When dried and added to sachets, tomatoes can be excellent in attracting love (or sex), or if added along with dried basil or rosemary can be a great money sachet or protection sachet respectively.

Consider pairing tomato varieties with your purpose. If attempting to attract money, consider using a golden variety or little green tomatillos. If working lust or love spells, plump red tomatoes are always a great choice. If looking for protection, consider fiery orange colors.

Many names for tomatoes have linked them to apples. As such, it’s not too great a leap to replace apples in other spells with tomatoes, if it seems appropriate or is more accessible. On the flip side, tomatoes can also be used in spells where nightshade may be an ingredient. While not poisonous, tomatoes are much more easily obtained and the family resemblance is rather uncanny.

For garden witchery, tomatoes are exceptional plants to grow for protection and wealth. Grow them to help banish negativity and invite positive energy to the property, as well as to encourage prosperity and love.

Consider different ways in which this delicious fruit can be used in your spells! Whether cooking up a sauce, roasting them, or setting them in the window to banish negative energy, tomatoes are useful and versatile ingredients for the every day witch!

May all your meals be blessed! )O(

Comfort Tomato Soup

This soup is prepared with herbs and vegetables to promote healing, boost mental energy, and give your soul its strength back.
Serve to friends going through tough times, or enjoy for yourself after a draining day.

1 medium carrot
1 medium onion
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup chicken broth
½ teaspoon paprika, salt, and pepper
1 celery stalk
1 stick of butter
3 cups chopped tomatoes
2 bay leaves
1 cup milk

Mince the celery, onion, and carrot. Sauté in a skillet with butter until soft. Add tomatoes, broth, bay leaves, salt, and pepper. Simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Carefully remove bay leaves.
Serve with a cup of milk on the side.

Caramelizing Tomato Paste: A Time-Bending Chef Trick

Long cooking times let tomato sugars enrich the flavors of any dish, but if you can’t wait for that, caramelizing tomato paste is the perfect cheffy way to let those flavors sing in a fraction of the time. 

When making a tomato based sauce or other dish like a soup or stew, cook tomato paste in the bottom of your pot or pan in a drizzle of olive oil until it smells rich and fragrant and loses that fresh tomato-y tang. Make sure to keep it moving with a spatula and not to burn it, so pay attention to the tomato paste as you work with it.

Then add your aromatics like onion and garlic (or a chopped shallot - mmm!) so they can cook down and caramelize in the tomato paste. Add some Kosher salt and pepper during this step to speed up the process. The salt draws out moisture from the onions and garlic and makes the mixture like a magic aromatic tomato jam. It’s heaven.

Add the rest of your ingredients and cook as normal.

This will make your dish so much richer and you’ll swear it was cooking for HOURS vs. less than that. (Another way you can make your sauce taste like it was cooking for a loooooong time is to use oven-roasted tomatoes, but then it might be TOO good.)

Also, it’s worth it to look for tomato paste that comes packaged in a tube. This style of packaging keeps it much fresher than the stuff that comes in a can because you can screw the cap back on, and it’s much easier to just squeeze it into your dish. Also it saves you from dirtying a can opener and a spoon.

Enjoy!

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This was part of the meal I made 100% from my garden 😍 Roasted tomatoes, onions, chard,spinach,and basil, and the carrots were roasted with purple potatoes, onions, turnips and more basil.

I added more spices for magic, but the basil was the main magical ingredient for protection and good fortune.

Greenwitches eat good 😁

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Different Owl fur of Vanoss’s owl mask from other artists!

So I couldn’t get this out of my head, but I’ve seen almost every kind of Tumblr artists draw Vanoss with his owl head but in so many other individual colors! Although I don’t think I have seen much owl head from ChloeImagination or @derpydoodlez . Not that I’m saying it’s a bad thing, their art and styles are great!
I’ve seen @jaysketchin ‘s old art of Vanoss and his owl head, But I forgot to include him on the list, but then I realized I didn’t have enough Vanoss owl heads to share in this post. Stay awesome, Jay!
Also, yeah @pegbarians and the Monster Legends ones are also youtube related. (wait, I didn’t know Peg had a Tumblr! :o)

Ok! here’s the list of all the artists’ owl heads in this post!
@kihorri
@koreacake
@sudaesaeng
@mouchbart
Monster Legends - The Magic Tomato
@pyushimaru :3
@kristelthecapper (CAP)
pinki3xpie (Which I do believe is somewhere in here.. :|)
Pegbarians
@owlbooty
fariytailflame (Wait, where’s Flame anyway?)
And my own colored owl head!

THIS WAS DRIVING ME CRAZY!
This is 100% a full crazy thing, that I had to make this post about it! Well, anyway, I hope you all like these! :3

Have a wonderful day/night!

nothing but the rain | Gen | dragon queen family

For some reason this took me weeks and needed much hand holding. Huge thanks to @holdouttrout, @shinewithalltheuntold, @daneeelleee, @dameednaeverage…all of you who read my fic when I need you too. I adore you.

also on Ao3

total fluff where Regina worries, Lily and Henry play video games, Mal is an impulsive dragon and it rains.

and they cuddle. 


“Hi Mom, we’re in the living room.”

Regina shakes the water off her dripping coat and sighs, removing her sodden shoes on the rug. Her hair’s even wet from the short distance from the car to the house. Carefully hanging her coat up, away from the rest, she follows his voice into the living room.

He’s on the floor in front of the sofa, not on the sofa - why would he sit on the sofa when he can sit on the floor? Controller in hand, he leans in, guiding his little avatar as he and Lily make soup.

No, not soup, that’s the last level.

Burgers?

“We need cheese.”

“Right, cheese. What did I grab?”

“Sausage, just put it on the counter, we’ll need it.”

Pizza. It’s a pizza level.

Lily sits beside him, also on the floor, guiding her own little cartoon chef to the cheese. Her beer rests on a coaster on the coffee table next to Henry’s soda, and it’s nearly gone. Sitting down on the sofa behind them both, Regina runs her fingers through her hair, shaking it dry while she glances over the pile of homework. “Are the counters moving?”

“Yeah they float away and Lily–”

“Dammit.” The pizza Lily was trying to construct floats to the other side of the screen and her little chef can no longer reach it. At least, nothing’s on fire.

However, nothing makes Mal laugh quite as hard as the kitchen being on fire. Her nose crinkles up and it’s adorable, even if it makes her useless at playing until she stops laughing.

They managed to all play together for awhile Sunday morning before Zelena came with the baby, Lily had to go to the diner and Henry went to the library to work on a project with his friends. Moments always end with them scattered, pulled in a hundred different directions.  

Henry saves the pizza before it catches on fire, then pauses the game and turns his head up to her. “How was the school board meeting?”

Regina rests her hands on her knees, watching the rain lash the window beyond the television before she looks back at her children.  It was easier just to watch than talk to them, even though she loves them. “Long.”

Lily swings her beer, controller on her knee. “I don’t know how you do it. All those meetings.”

Henry looks at Lily and grins. “You should have brought Mal, I think they’re still scared of her.”

Regina herself is no longer evil queen enough that anyone is afraid of her at school board meetings. It’s both wonderful and abysmal. Meetings drag on far longer than they used to, but it is for the best. She’s not the mayor she once was, and meetings take longer, but it’s better, arguments and all.

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anonymous asked:

Potion for acne???

Anti acne plan:

1. Once or twice a month, boil water with some sprigs of rosemary, thyme and laurel. Carefully pour everything, while still hot (not burning!), in a bowl. Place your face over the bowl and cover it with a towel, to have a sauna like effect. Stay there for 15 min.
Avoid this method if you have asmtha or other respiratory problems

2.If you already have The Big One, tomato can save you! Placefor 14 min a slice of tomato on your spot, rince it and then put a sorrel leaf on it for 15min too. If you don’t have this leaf, apply a bit of yogurt instead for 15. And don’t scratch it!

3. For a strong acne: Smash and mix 50 gr of swiss chard. Apply the juice you got on your face and keep it for ½ hour before rincing it with cool water. Another mask (you can use it alone or in addition but swiss chard is really great): Mix the juice of half a grappefruit with one egg yolk, apply on your face and let it rest for 20 before rincing it with cool water.

4.This last one has to be done one day out of two for a week. Mix in a bowl, that you have to keep in the fridge for the week, the juice of 3 tomatoes and 1 lemon. Apply the mask for 30 min before washing it with cool water.

I’ll probably have others for you later.

The Moon Mermaid

anonymous asked:

Do you live in a neat house or an apartment? Would u feel comfortable sharing pics

i live in a 2 bedroom house built in 1912

entryway: 

you can kind of see the office here. the window up top goes into the bathroom.

Living room, left corner: 

Living room, right corner: 

Fireplace: 

Living room, doorway: 

Hallway to kitchen:

Kitchen:

garden: 

these are my beautiful amazing friends in my garden. the tomato plant on the bottom left corner is magic. we tried so hard to get tomatoes to grow in pots and they wouldn’t. one day we noted a leaf poking out of the a pile of rocks. underneath the rocks is a huge piece of plywood. every year the magic tomato plant gets huger and huger and it’s kind of taking over our whole garden at this point but they are so delicious and we don’t even have to water them. 

i couldn’t find a clean picture of my bathroom but it is fairly standard, and my bedroom is always a wreck but it has three giant windows that take up a whole wall, and another wall is floor to ceiling bookshelves along the entirety of it