Brightly sunny again with poofy clouds around the edges! 56F, Wind at 1mph, AQI 38, UV1 and the humidity is down to 65%. Don’t put off your outside things or hikes or whatever. The rain is likely to start up again on Wednesday.
Before we were open yesterday, Jenny, the lady from Enough, across the street from the shop, stopped in to say hi and to invite us to their opening next Friday. We got the shop open and pecked at a few chores and then Tempus ran out to the spring. Our water bottles suddenly all grew algae, so he got a couple of gallons to tide us over until he could get them clean.
Eventually Tempus took over up front and I got a nap, then made some additions to the dill soup that I made several days ago, so we could have it for supper. Tempus had to run out after some sour cream, though. I boiled up some potatoes, skinned and cut them up, then poached eggs in the broth.
Today is House Capuchin’s Project Day. I have someone coming during the afternoon who wants to learn about Medieval Toys (late news, nope, not this week) and I plant to embroider. Tempus has his needles to work on, too, and the shop’s open, at least until 5pm.
Today’s Plant is Oregon White Oak, Quercus garryana, also called Garry oak, or just Oregon oak. It doesn’t grow well out here on the coast, although supposedly there are some specimens. I’ve never seen one out here, but they’re *all* over the Willamette Valley, many of them hosting our local mistletoe, Phoradendron flavescens. This is the same relation of tree and herb that gave rise to the legends of the Golden Bough in Europe, although these are *far* different species. – Masculine, Sun ,Fire, Dagda, (Jupiter, Thor, Pan) – Use in magicks for protection, money, potency, fertility – Burn the bark to draw off illness, carry and piece of the for luck and protection, acorns are used to tip male power wands and worn as necklaces by some priests and can be carried to increase fertility and male potency to preserve health and long life. Place in windows to ward off lightning. Plant an acorn at the new moon if you need money. Fires of oak wood draw off illness. – Wiccaning or Seining – Wiccaning or Seining is the ceremony where we welcome a new child to the world. Holly water is used for girls and Oak for boys. Make by a tablespoon of powdered leaf brew in 1 cup of very hot water for about 10 minutes, then adding that to 2 cups of cold water. Sprinkle or wash baby with it. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_white_oak Mistletoe lore here :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistletoe#Culture.2C_folklore.2C_and_mythologyand more about our variety here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoradendron
Today is the birthday of the English mathematician and author, Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson; d. January 14, 1898), in 1832. He wrote lots of wonderful nonsense verses, including the “Hunting of the Snark” and Jabberwocky, but is best known for his books “Alice in Wonderland” and the sequel “Through the Looking Glass”. This despite him being a mathematician and logician and teacher! These latter things were his life’s work, but he has been immortalized in his hobbies. There is a wonderful article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_Carroll
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 2/4 at 1:04pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 1/27 at 1:10pm. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 1/31 at 1:04am.
Last Quarter Moon occurs at 4:10 p.m. EST. The Moon doesn’t rise until nearly 1 a.m. local time tomorrow morning, however, by which time it will appear slightly less than half-lit. The Moon spends the morning hours set against the background stars of northern Libra. As it climbs high, its curved edge points lower left to the spot on the horizon where Jupiter will rise around 4 a.m. and Venus about 15 minutes later (depending on your location).
Venus (magnitude –4.3) and Jupiter(magnitude –1.9) rise above the east-southeast horizon well before the first glimmer of dawn. They dominate the southeast by the time dawn begins to brighten. Every morning now they’re drawing farther apart. On January 26th you’ll find Jupiter 4° to Venus’s right, as shown at the top of this page. By February 1st they’re separated by 9°. About 8° or 9° to the right of Jupiter, look for twinkly orange Antares. At magnitude +1.0 it’s not nearly as eye-catching. In a telescope Venus is dazzling white and slightly gibbous. Jupiter appears half again as large, but its surface brightness is some 50 times dimmer than Venus’s due mostly to Jupiter’s 7-times-greater distance from the illuminating Sun.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for January
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic,Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 27 High 5:22 AM 8.1 7:40 AM Rise 12:18 AM 61
~ 27 Low 11:59 AM 1.5 5:18 PM Set 11:38 AM
~ 27 High 5:48 PM 6.1
~ 27 Low 11:43 PM 1.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If at first you DO succeed, try not to look astonished!
~ Man’s love is of man’s life a thing apart, ‘Tis woman’s whole existence. – Lord Byron
~ He was a man who could be both perfectly right and wholly wrong, but when he was wrong one respected him all the more, as a man who was seeking the essential things … – TS Eliot on Alfred Orage
~ Remember how small the world was before I came along. I brought it all to life: I moved the whole world onto a 20-foot screen. – DW Griffith
~ Movies are written in sand: applauded today, forgotten tomorrow. – DW Griffith
I’m bright as an angel, and light as a feather,
But heavy and dark, when you squeeze me together.
Though candor and truth in my aspect I bear,
Yet many poor creatures I help to insnare.
Though so much of Heaven appears in my make,
The foulest impressions I easily take.
My parent and I produce one another,
The mother the daughter, the daughter the mother. – Jonathan Swift, “On Snow” (1667–1745)
Rose Water & Angelica Wafers from A Victorian Grimoire by Trish Telesco
- 1 pound of flour
- ½ t. salt
- 2 Tbsp. Rosewater
- 2 T. Butter
- 1/8 t. angelica
Mix all ingredients except the milk. Blend well and then add milk until a stiff dough forms. Roll the dough out very thin and cut into rounds. Roll again. The rounds should be thin as paper and will swell when they bake. Dredge in flour and put in a well-greased baking pan. Bake at 425 degrees until lightly browned. Serve with cream that has been beaten stiff and sweetened.
Nun’s Ribbons and Lies
In Italy, everyone eats strips of sweetened, deep-fried dough called nastri delle surore or nuns’ ribbons during Carnival. These treats have regional names including bugie (lies) in Piednmont, chiacchiere (gossips) in Lombardy, chiacchiere di suora (nun’s gossip) in Parma, lattughe (lettuces) in Emilia-Romagna and cenci (rags and tatters) in Tuscany. In the sixteenth century in Venice, an author referred to them as fritelle piene di vento (fried treats full of wind).
This recipe comes from Carol Field’s marvelous book, Celebrating Italy:
- 1-1/2 cups flour
- 1-1/2 T unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1-1/2 T sugar
- scant 1 T liqueur (rum, cognac, grappe or Grand Marnier)
- 1 large egg
- Pinch salt
- Grated zest of 1 orange
- 1-1/2 t vanilla extract
- 1 to 4 T milk
- 4 cups olive or sunflower oil
- confectioners sugar
By Hand: Set the flour in a mound in a large bowl or on a work surface and make a well in it. Set the butter, sugar, liqueur, egg, salt, orange zest and vanilla in the center and mix them together. Slowly incorporate them into the flour, a little at a time, adding whatever amount of milk is necessary to make a dough. Knead until the dough is smooth and firm, 10 to 12 minutes. Cover with a tea towel and leave 45 to 60 minutes.
By Mixer: In the mixer bowl with the paddle attachment, combine flour, butter, sugar, liqueur, egg, salt, orange zest and vanilla, adding enough milk to get a dough that is firm enough to roll out very fine. Cover with a tea towel for 45 to 60 minutes
With a rolling pin, roll the dough out very fine on a lightly floured surface until it is 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Cut the dough into ribbons about 4 to 5 inches long and 1 to 1-1/4 inches wide. In some places it is customary to tie a knot in the center or twist the ribbon twice and pinch it closed in the center. Elsewhere bakers cut the dough into rectangles and make two parallel short cuts in the center.
Heat oil in a heavy deep-sided frying pan to 350 and fry a few of the ribbons at a time—very, very quickly (20 seconds at the most). Drain on plates lined with paper towels and sprinkle with confectioners sugar.
There are all sorts of irreverent pastries prepared in Italy, including nipples of the Virgin and St Lucy’s eyes, but one of the most outrageous is called St Agatha’s breasts. These sweets (sometimes nougat, sometimes pastry) show up in Sicilian pastry shops around February 4th in time for her feast day.
This is not a recipe for St. Agatha’s Breasts (it’s a recipe for Aphrodite’s Cakes from Petherwin of Ghost Cat Farm) but I think it will produce a similar effect.
- Small can of peach halves in heavy syrup
- Dark brown sugar
- Pastry dough for two crust pie (store bought or homemade)
Heat oven to 350.
Roll the pastry dough on a floured surface to 1/4 thickness. Place a drained peach half face down on a circle of dough, about 1 inch bigger than the peach. Roll out the other half of the dough and cut circles to completely cover the peach halves. Add about a tablespoon of brown sugar under each top. Crimp the edges together to seal. Then poke a small hole in the top of the creation.
Place on a baking sheet and bake for at least 20 minutes, without opening the oven. As they cook the brown sugar and peach juice will bubble out and the finished cake will look like a breast and nipple. Continue to cook until the pastry looks done.
Spinach-Filled Won Tons – VEGETARIAN
10 ounces fresh spinach
1 tablespoon peanut oil
1 garlic clove, minced
10 water chestnuts, rinsed, drained and minced
1 pound of won-ton wrappers (about 60)
salt and pepper to taste
Wash the spinach thoroughly and trim any tough stems. Drain, then dry with paper towels or a salad spinner. Coarsely chop and set aside.
Place a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. When it begins to smoke, add the peanut oil, then the garlic and onion. Stir-fry 30 seconds. Add the spinach and water chestnuts and stir fry until the spinach is dry, about 3 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a bowl and season with salt and pepper.
When the filling has cooled slightly, form the won tons. Dip you fingers in warm water and moisten the entire surface of a wrapper. Place 1 teaspoon of filling in the center of the wrapper and fold it in half. Press the edges to seal. Bring the ends together and moisten with water; press to seal. Cover and set aside the finished won tons while shaping the remainder.
Cook the won tons following the directions in the recipe – either in boiling water or soup stock until they are just tender, or deep-fry them in 3 to 4 cups of peanut oil until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side.
NOTES : Makes 60 won tons. Won tons may be frozen after being shaped. Place on cookie sheet with sides not touching in the freezer. When completely frozen place in plastic air tight bag.
[Anja’s note] There is a variation on these wontons where you only fry the spinach stems with the water chestnuts and garlic, adding chopped mushrooms if you wish. When the filling cools, take the *raw* leaves, stacking 3-6 (depending on size…baby spinach needs 6) and rolling the filling in this first to make it fit easily, then proceed as above.