Rose Cake

Jun. 27th, 2006 07:30 pm
[identity profile] myfanwy-65.livejournal.com
1 Tbsp shortening
2 eggs
2 egg whites
1 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup canola oil or other vegetable oil
1 teaspoon rose water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon soda
2 1/4 Cups all purpose flour
1 Cup buttermilk
8 rose scented geranium leaves Heat oven to 350 F. Generously grease a 8x12 inch pan with shortening and dust with flour. Lightly pound rose geranium leaves between sheets of wax paper and arrange in the bottom of the pan.
In a bowl with an electric mixer or a food processor beat together egg whites and sugar. Continue beating until the sugar dissolves. Beat in the oil, salt, vanilla extract and rose water. Combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Add the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk to the egg and oil mixture. Mix only until no flour is visible.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown on the top and firm to the touch.Cool for 20 minutes. Turn out of pan. Allow to cool completely on wire rack. Peel off leaves when the cake is completely cool. Decorate according to liking.*original author unknown*
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by Christine Ziegler
Smooth, moisturizing and made with some of the most prized aromatics.
Yield: 5 oz by weight
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty Level: 1
Shelf Life: 6 months

Ingredients:
3 ounces unrefined, light colored, smooth shea butter
1 ounces virgin coconut oil
1 ounces jasmine or orange blossom floral was
2-4 drops rose otto or neroli blossom essential oil (optional)
1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E

Blending Procedure:
Begin by creaming the Shea Butter at a medium-high speed
in an electric mixer until a soft texture is formed -- like softened
cooking butter. It's best to use an automatic mixer instead of a hand
held one so you can proceed to Step 2 while the mixer is processing
the shea butter. Do not melt the shea butter in a double boiler or
microwave or the recipe will not turn out as it should.

While the shea butter is processing, warm the coconut oil and floral
wax over very low heat, or in a double boiler, until the wax is just melted.
DO NOT OVERHEAT! I find that it is actually best to turn off the heat under
the oil/wax mixture when the wax is not quite completely melted, and
then let it continue to fully melt without the heat on.

Turn off the mixer. While the shea butter is still warm, slowly pour
the oil/wax mixture into the whipped shea butter. Add drops of
essential oil. Turn mixer onto medium-high again.
Continue mixing until just creamy.
Place into containers of choice. Let cool. Cover.

To use, rub onto freshly showered skin immediately
after towel drying.
Can also be applied to dry skin any time of the day.
[identity profile] myfanwy-65.livejournal.com
Lemon balm is an easy to grow perennial that grows
similar to mint. It likes some shade during the hot part
of the day or it will wilt slightly. I find it very drought
tolerant and rarely give it extra water unless we go
quite awhile without rain. In fact, it doesn't like wet
feet, and prefers a loose, fairly fertile soil. It will
tolerate dry soil as well. I harvest my plant at least
3 times each summer and still have more than I
can use with just one plant. It can be harvested
within 2-3 inches from the base of the plant each
time and it comes back with vigor! I've read that
in some parts of the United States it's becoming
known as a pest, but I've found that if you keep it
harvested and don't allow it to go to seed it stays
under control.

You can divide lemon balm in the spring or fall. You
can also take cuttings in midsummer to bring in for
the winter. It can be grown from seed in the spring,
or started indoors in late winter and transplanted.

Lemon balm is not considered an ornamental herb,
but I think the leaves are pretty, and I can't resist
grabbing one each time I pass it to smell the lovely
lemon scent. My daughter is three and it's her favorite
plant. I have mine located next to my sage plant, which
is great for snipping both herbs quickly to stuff the cavity
of a roast chicken before cooking. I use it in my herbal
vinegars and teas as well. Cut the whole stems within a
few inches of the base of the plant, gather into groups of
5-6 stems, tie and hang in a warm, airy location. When
dry, strip off the leaves, store in a covered container
and use as needed.

Roasted Lemon Balm Chicken

Ingredients:
Handful of fresh lemon balm leaves, stems removed
1/4 cup or so of fresh sage leaves
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 large roasting chicken
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons olive oil

Preheat oven to 400°. Trim herb leaves from stems; wash
and pat dry. Set sprigs aside. Chop two-thirds of the leaves,
and combine with the butter, salt, and pepper. Rinse chicken
and pat dry. Loosen the skin in several places and insert the
herb butter underneath. Rub chicken with salt, pepper, and
garlic powder. Insert the remaining herb sprigs into the cavity
of the chicken. Place breast-side-down in a roasting pan. Bake
30 minutes, then turn chicken over. Bake about 20 minutes
longer. Makes 4 to 6 servings

Lemon Lovers Tea

Ingredients:
1/4 cup dried lemon balm leaves
2 tablespoons dried lemon thyme leaves
1/4 cup dried lemon verbena leaves
1/4 cup dried lemon geranium leaves
2 tablespoons dried lemon grass leaves
1 tablespoon dried lavender blossoms

Mix all together and use a tsp. or so per
cup of boiling water. If you are missing any
of the lemon herbs, just use more of the
ones you do have.

Lemon Mint Sun Tea

Ingredients:
1/2 cup mint
1/2 cup lemon balm
1/2 cup chamomile flowers
3 black tea bags

Place in a gallon container and add cold water
to fill the jar. Set in the sun for several hours.
Strain our tea and herbs. Pour over ice and
refrigerate the leftovers. Sweeten with honey
or sugar if desired.

Rose and Herb Tea

Ingredients:
1/2 cup dried red rose petals (make sure no sprays were used)
2 tablespoons dried lemon balm
1 tablespoon dried rosemary

Mix well. Use 1 teaspoon for each cup and
pour boiling water over the herbs, then strain
after 5 minutes or so. Sweeten as desired.

Lemon Balm Vinaigrette

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons light olive oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
6-8 leaves lemon balm
Fresh black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons wine vinegar


Stack the lemon balm leaves together and
roll, then with a very sharp knife cut thin strips,
and then chop finely. Combine with the other
ingredients and serve with steamed vegetables
or mixed salad greens.

Lemon Orange Cheese Spread

Ingredients:
2 ounces unsalted butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp. orange marmalade
1 tsp. orange zest
1 Tbsp. fresh orange juice
3 Tbsp. chopped fresh lemon balm

Blend the butter and cream cheese until smooth.
Mix in the other ingredients. Chill overnight and
serve at room temperature.

Lemon Astringent

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon balm
1 cup witch hazel

Combine the ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid.
Allow to steep for 1 week. Strain. Use 1 teaspoon
per application with a cotton ball. Refrigerate if you
wish.
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Recipe by Scott Cunningham
"The Complete Book of Incense, Oils, And Brews"

3 parts Frankincense
2 parts Sandal wood
1 part Woodruff
1 part Rose petals
a few drops Jasmine oil
a few drops Neroli oil

Burn during Wiccan rituals on Beltane (April 30th) or on May Day for
fortune and favors and to attune with the changing of the seasons.
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Mix together equal parts of rose petals,
lavender and chamomile. Place in a muslin
bag and tie tightly. Let steep in a tub of warm
water while relaxing.

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