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May 2012

Recipe – “Tomato and Basil Salad”

 
“TOMATO AND BASIL SALAD”
“A Culinary Guide to Herbs, Spices and Flavorings”
By Arabella Boxer, Jocasta Innes, Charlotte Parry-Crooke and Lewis Esson
 
1-1/2         large ripe tomatoes, sliced
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2            teaspoon sugar
3                Tablespoons olive oil
1                Tablespoon white wine vinegar
2                Tablespoons fresh basil, cut into thin strips
1                sprig basil, to garnish
 
*Arrange the tomato slices neatly overlapping on a large flat serving dish.   Season with plenty of pepper and sprinkle over with the sugar.
**Combine the oil and vinegar and spoon evenly over the tomatoes.  Leave to stand for 1 hour.  Just before serving, scatter the basil over the tomatoes. 
Serve garnished with basil sprig.
Prep – 10 minutes
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Recipe – “Cheese Muffins”

“CHEESE MUFFINS”
“A Culinary Guide to Herbs, Spices and Flavorings”
By Arabella Boxer, Jocasta Innes, Charlotte Parry-Crooke and Lewis Esson
 
12         oz. Plain flour
1            teaspoon cayenne pepper
1            teaspoon English mustard powder
4            teaspoons baking powder
1            Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or chives
              Salt
              Freshly ground black pepper
2            eggs
6            fl., oz. Milk
4            oz. Mature cheddar cheese, grated
 
*Sift the flour into a mixing bowl with the cayenne, mustard powder, baking powder, parsley and salt and pepper.
**Make a well in the center and break in the eggs.   Using a wooden spoon gradually draw the flour into the eggs, beating all the time.  Gradually add the milk, beating well between each addition.  Stir in the cheese, to form a soft, sticky dough.
***Turn the dough on to a lightly floured board or surface and with floured hands shape into 2 inch rounds about 1/2 thick.
****Place on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake in a preheated hot oven for 10 to 15 minutes.  Serve immediately, split and buttered.
Prep – 15 minutes
Cooking – 15 minutes
Oven – 400 degrees Fahrenheit
Makes about 20 to 25

Relaxing essential oils

Just for meditation a good combination is jasmine, neroli and rose, to relax your mind.

The negative strains on the body like depression, anxiety, tension, stress, scents will help your relax your mind and enjoy life.  Having a more positive outlook with your life restores harmony and the balance in your mental state.   Essential oils date back for decades and centuries.

Enjoying the daily outdoor scents like spruce, roses, fresh air, blooming flowers and even fresh cut grass.   Finding the time to relax in the outdoors helps with your hectic lifestyle.

Balancing out your life and enjoying who and where you are today in life…..

Herbal scents from your garden

Botanical Herbs

ROSEMARY – Rosmarinus officinalis

   (Mediterranean, also a evergreen with slim narrow leaves and blooms a light blue flower.  This plant is both medicinal and culinary and to obtain the essential oil both the leaves and flowers are used.   Also antifungal, antibaterial, digestive, stimulant and anti-inflammatory.    Many uses for this herb – digestion, improves memory, muscle pain, depression and constipation).

MELISSA –  Melissa officinalis

   (Fragrance – Lemon scent– Another name is – “lemon balm”, the flowers are white and tiny, grown in Europe.   Lemon Balm tea is known for long life.   When it is distilled the oil is very pale.    Some of the uses are: hysteria, anxiety, headaches, menustration and indigestion).

FENNEL – Foeniculum vulgare

   (Fragrance – like aniseed (licorice) – grown in the Mediterranean, produces tiny yellow flowers and the leaves are like thin ferns.   Some of the uses are:  self-espression, courage, uplifter, ovary problems, menopause).

BASIL – Ocimum basilcum

   (Fragrance – Refreshing and sweet. – When distilled the whole plant is used.   This plant is culinary and can also be drank as a tea.  Some of the properties are: purifier, expectorant, antiseptic,  analgesic and digestive tonic.  Can be used for fear, indecision, sinus congestion, arthritis and can be spirtual).

MARJORAM – Origanum marjorana

   (Smells sweet – Long life and also a culinary herb, grown in the Mediterranean.   A range of pink and white tiny flowers and once distilled both the flowers and leaves are used.   The properties of this plant are: calming, intestinal spasms, antibacterial, anti-infectious.  Many of the uses are for sprains, colic, coughs, heartburn, moodiness, anger and inner strength).

PEPPERMINT – Mentha piperita

   (This plant is part of the mint family, tiny purple flowers and serrated dark leaves.  All is used for distillation and the essential oil is also used for first aid purposes.  Many properties – insect repellant, antibacterial, analgesic, antimigraine and reproductive stimulant.  Some of the wonderful uses are for travel sickness, bronchitis, diarrhoea, sinusitis, apathy, depression and mental fatigue).

Reference:  “Nature’s Scents” by Raje Airey

Scents for the Summer

NEROLI – Citrus Auranthium

       Fragrance – floral (cultivation in the Mediterranean, but is native to Asia), the oil is produced in these countries: Brazil, US, Cyprus and Israel), used in many “orange oils”.

GERANIUM – Pelargonium graveolens

     Fragrance – very much like a Rose (beautiful heart-shaped leaves with bright blooms with the contrast of the green foliage.  This plant made into essential oils is used to create a variety of beauty items and high-end perfumes (France industry).

YLANG YLANG – Cananga odorata

    Fragrance –  (Exotic oil is used in: drinks, perfumes, lotions, cosmetics and soaps.  The yellow petals are very thick and it grown as a evergreen tree in Asia.

LAVENDER  – Lavandula augustofolia

    Fragrance –  can be strong and almost medicine like, but still beautiful  (grown all over the world in England, Bulgaria, France, Canada, US, and there is over 18 varieties of lavender.   Used in cooking, both flowers and stems are dried, the essential oil only uses the top (floral).  Lavender has been used for centuries and is used in cosmetics, arthritis, can ease headaches, anxiety, depression, grief, mood swings.   Not suggested to use for the first three months of pregnancy.

Reference: “Nature’s Scents” by Raje Airey

Refreshing Scents

USING SCENTS TO SCENT YOUR BODY

Scenting your body for a footbath, skincare, bathtime, massage, compresses and muscle rubs.

The use of inhalation for a sauna, steam inhalation or tissue inhalation. 

To nourish your body with infusions (tisanes, leaves, flowers, refreshing drink with mint and camomile), food and drink (spices, fruit drinks, herbs for salads, spiced oils and vinegars), decoctions (spicy brew of tea or lapacho bark tea).

Fragrant for your home can be a variety of  items to include: firesticks, scented linen, potpourri, spritzer, vaporizers.  Any sweet smelling flowers like freesia, lilac, phlox, roses and lavender.

Reference: “Nature’s Scents” by Raje Airey

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