[identity profile] wild-stars.livejournal.com
a couple of days ago, I was sick with a cold/fever.
I made the spiced tea that my mom always makes when anyone in my house is sick. It actually helps you feel better. I called her to get her recipe, and she said it would make me feel better the next day, it always helps her feel better. I thought you all would enjoy the recipe. This is actually half a recipe, I make this one because I can usually finish drinking the batch in a couple of hours...while watching a movie or reading before going to bed. This tea stays for a few days so you can reheat it, but I prefer to drink it all fresh.
4 cups of water
a little less than a tablespoon of whole cloves (less if you find cloves to be very strong)
1 cinnamon stick
sugar or honey (or Splenda) to taste
one fresh lemon (or lemon juice if you don't have lemons)
a fresh orange

*bring the water to a boil and add cloves and cinnamon (you can put them in a cheesecloth bag if you want to)
*add honey or sugar to taste (just estimate on the smaller side)
*reduce to a simmer and let simmer for an hour.
*remove the cloves and cinnamon
*drop in 3-5 normal sized tea bags, of normal tea (like Lipton)
*let tea brew for about 5 minutes
*pull out tea bags
*squeeze a little bit of lemon juice into the tea
*squeeze a larger amount of orange juice into it
*if it isn't sweet enough, it is still hot enough to add more sweetner
drink hot. its really yummy!
[identity profile] mysticmirth.livejournal.com
Pentagram Cookies

1-cup almonds, finely ground
1-1/4 cups flour
3-tsp. almond extract
1/4-tsp. cloves, ground
1/2-cup confectioner's sugar
1/2-cup butter, softened

1. If necessary, grind the almonds in a blender or food processor until finely reduced. Combine almonds, flour, sugar, almond extract and ground cloves. Work in butter and egg yolks* with the hands until well blended. As you work, visualize glowing golden pentagrams entering the dough.

2. Chill the dough for 20-30 minutes or until cold, yet pliable. While the dough is cooling, grease 2 cookie sheets and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (163 degrees C).

3. Pinch off a piece of dough, the size of a walnut. Using your fingers, flatten onto the greased cookie sheet. With a toothpick or a small knife, lightly carve a pentagram on the cookie. Strongly visualize as you draw.

4. Repeat the entire process until the dough is used up. For even cooking, ensure that all cookies are approximately the same thickness.

5. Bake at 325 degrees F (163 degrees F) for about 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on racks. Eat with power.

*Unfortunately this recipe does not list egg yolks with the ingredients. This is from Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Wicca in the Kitchen, by Scott Cunningham. You could use the same process with your favorite sugar cookie recipe, I'm sure. Or someone better at baking than I can figure out how many egg yolks this would need. Sorry!
[identity profile] myfanwy-65.livejournal.com
Melinda Pappa’s Salsa with Lime Juice
3 lbs of Roma tomatoes
2 bunches scallions
1 medium sized white onion
5 Anaheim Chilis (or 2 cans of diced green chilis)
2 bunches Fresh Cilantro (also known as Coriander) 10
cloves garlic or the equivalent dried garlic powder
2 Fresh limes (Do not use bottled lime juice)

In large bowl, press garlic through garlic press, and mix with the juice
of the 2 limes. Finely chop onion and then add 1 teaspoon of black
pepper. Coarsely chop cilantro, tomatoes and scallions (including half
of the tops) and add to the bowl. Chill and serve.

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[identity profile] myfanwy-65.livejournal.com
Cucumber Milk
4 ounces oil of sweet almonds
10 ounces juice of fresh cucumbers
3 ounces essence of cucumbers
1/4 ounce white Castile soap, powdered
2/3 drachm tincture of benzoin
The juice of the cucumbers is made by boiling the slices in a very little
water, strain through a fine cloth. Make the essnece by mixing 1 1/2 ounces
of the juice with 1 1/2 ounces alcohol (in this case, use strong vodka).
Dissolve the soap in the essence, add the juice, shake well until thoroughly
mixed; pour into a bowl and add the oil and the tincture, beating well until
you have a milky liquid. Bottle. (I would keep this refrigerated)
She states that this lotion is a specific for sensitive skins, redness,
sunburn and roughness.

For Summer Rash (prickly heat rash)
7 ounces elder-flower water
1 ounce glycerine
1/2 drachm borax
Apply night and morning.

Vinaigre des Quatre Voleurs
1 ounce lavender flowers
3/4 ounce each of: rosemary, thyme, rue, sage, wormwood, mint
1 drachm each of: calamus, nutmegs, cloves, cinnamon
1 drachm camphor (not mothballs)
2 ounces alcohol
1 quart strong wine vinegar
Dissolve the camphor in the alcohol, then add the herbs, spices and vinegar;
let stand 10 days, strain.

Aromatic Toilet Vinegar
1 pint spirits of wine (substitute strong vodka)
1/2 pint strong vinegar
1 1/2 ounces gum benzoin
1/2 ounce balsam of Peru
1/2 drachm oil of neroli (orange flower)
1/2 drachm oil of mace
Steep 1 week, then filter.

These vinegars were used as refreshing toners, by adding a few drops to a
glass of water to rinse the face, or by saturating a cotton wad and
inserting in a "vinaigrette", a small glass flacon carried and smelled when
one was feeling faint or to relieve a headache.

from "The Woman Beautiful" by Ella Adelia Fletcher, circa 1901


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