Partly cloudy all day today, 37F, wind at 0-3mph, AQI38, UV3, 0% chance of rain today and 10% tonight. The forecast has changed a bit. We’re looking at rain mostly on Sunday and pretty much the rest of the 10 days dry!
Yesterday was kinda long and difficult. We have *so* much yet to do, both cleaning the shop and cooking for the weekend and we just kept pecking away at things all day and well into the evening. I don’t feel like anything really got finished, but I know that lots of the feast dishes were finished and put by.
Today we’ll be open at 11, but I’m going to have to keep working in back. Tempus has some more bread to do, but we’re starting to see the end of this. We have to head into Newport a little early to pick up some things at Mai’s Asian Market, so we’ll be closing on time at 5pm.
…and the paper run later. Going to be busy!
Today’s Plant is Yarrow, Achillea millefolium. This plant is often called woundwort or nosebleed because of its clotting properties and is used for fevers and infections because it has salicylates (aspirin) in it. The young leaves can be eaten and it becomes and aid to vision-work. It’s easy to grow and makes a great companion plant. We have mostly the pacificaandcalifornica varieties out here. – Feminine, Venus, Water. Exorcism – Wear to protect – hold in hand to stop fear – hang over bed for lasting love – carry for love and bring friends and contact with relatives. Flower – Feminine, Venus, Water – flowers made into tea for psychic power, Exorcism, protection, stop fear, lasting love. More info here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarrow
Today’s Feast – February 20, 1942 – Two stories – (interesting take on this here: http://www.snopes.com/glurge/ohare.asp
“STORY NUMBER ONE
Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago. Capone wasn’t famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.
Capone had a lawyer nicknamed ‘Easy Eddie.’ He was his lawyer for a good reason. Eddie was very good! In fact, Eddie’s skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for a long time. To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well. Not only was the money big, but Eddie got special dividends. For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day.
The estate was so large that it filled an entire Chicago City block. Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him.
Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son that he loved dearly. Eddie saw to it that his young son had the best of everything: clothes, cars and a good education. Nothing was withheld. Price was no object. And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong. Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was.
Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn’t give his son; that he couldn’t pass on a good name and a good example. One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted to rectify wrongs he had done. He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al “Scarface” Capone, clean up his tarnished name and offer his son some semblance of integrity.
To do this, he would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great. So, he testified. Within the year, Easy Eddie’s life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago Street. But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he would ever pay.
One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank. He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship. His flight leader told him to return to the carrier. Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet. As he was returning to the mother ship he saw something that turned his blood cold. A squadron of Japanese aircraft were speeding their way toward the American fleet.
The American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenseless. He couldn’t reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet. Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger. There was only one thing to do. He must somehow divert them from the fleet. Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes. Wing-mounted 50 caliber’s blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another. Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent. Undaunted, he continued the assault. He dove at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible and rendering them unfit to fly. Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction. Deeply relieved, Butch O’Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier. Upon arrival he reported in and related the event surrounding his return.
The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane told the tale. It showed the extent of Butch’s daring attempt to protect his fleet. He had in fact destroyed five enemy aircraft.
This took place on February 20, 1942, and for that action Butch became the Navy’s first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29.
His home town would not allow the memory of this WW II hero to fade, and today, O’Hare Airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great man.
So the next time you find yourself at O’Hare International, give some thought to visiting Butch’s memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honor. It’s located between Terminals 1 and 2.
So What Do These Two Stories Have to Do with Each Other?
Butch O’Hare was Easy Eddie’s son.
The rest of the story is in the book, Fateful Rendezvous: The story of Butch O’Hare. More here: http://www.mindconnection.com/library/factfile/ohare.htm More on Easy Eddie here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_J._O%27Hare and on Butch O’Hare, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butch_O%27Hare
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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 2/23 at 7:32am. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 2/21 at 10:32pm.
With the Moon out of the evening sky, this is a fine week to look for the zodiacal light if you live in the mid-northern latitudes — now that the ecliptic tilts high upward from the western horizon at nightfall. From a clear, clean-aired, dark site, look west at the very end of twilight for a vague but huge, tall pyramid of pearly light. It’s tilted to the left, aligning along the constellations of the zodiac. You’re looking at sunlit interplanetary dust orbiting the Sun near the ecliptic plane.
The Moon moves eastward an average of 13° relative to the background stars each day. That motion carries it into western Sagittarius this morning, where it lies just 2.5° to the lower right of Saturn. The two rise shortly after 5 a.m. local time and appear impressive as twilight starts to brighten the sky. The ringed planet glows at magnitude 0.6, 10 times fainter than its brilliant neighbor, Jupiter.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.9, in Sagittarius) is lower left of Mars in early dawn. No other point there is nearly as bright.
Old Farmer’s Almanac February Sky Map! https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-february
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn)
Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness.
©2020 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn), ash – the common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) is a major tree of lowland forests in much of Europe, along with oaks and beeches. It grows to 40 m (130 feet) in open sites, with a broad crown reminiscent of American elm trees. Ash was and still is an important timber tree, and is a traditional material for the handle of a besom. The common ash is occasionally cultivated in North America, and similar native ash species are widely grown as street trees. Ashes are members of the Olive family (Oleaceae).
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 20 Low 4:10 AM 3.4 7:09 AM Rise 5:50 AM 13
~ 20 High 9:58 AM 8.0 5:52 PM Set 2:59 PM
~ 20 Low 5:06 PM -0.2
~ 20 High 11:41 PM 6.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I will not fear change, I will trust that it brings the knowledge I want.
~ The past is another country. People do things differently there. – L. P. Hartley
~ Everything happens for a reason; if you can’t find a reason for something, there’s a reason for that. – Chris Levi
~ A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. – Nelson Mandela
~ A ‘children’s book’ must be written, not for children, but for the author himself. – AA Milne
Come when the rains
Have glazed the snow and clothed the trees with ice,
While the slant sun of February pours
Into the bowers a flood of light. – –William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)
Seed Cake (English, 1640) – Anja’s recipe, edited from https://shakespeareandbeyond.folger.edu/2019/03/12/seed-cake-recipe-thomas-tusser/?fbclid=IwAR279hBfaLilyd1kwy9gWsHmvfdderd6Y9C6dN2McLG3SDwDl6V7cx-S6uY
- 2 cup flour
- 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
- 1/8 tsp ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon mace
- 2 stick butter, room temperature
- 1 Tbsp vanilla (extracted in rum)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 4 egg whites (yolks can be saved for something else)
- 2 Tbsp vanilla (extracted in rum)
- Preheat your oven to 350°F.
- Prepare 3 silicone 6-muffin-top baking molds and place on cookie sheet/s.
- In mixer (large bowl), cream butter, vanilla, and sugar.
- Add two whole eggs.
- One at a time add caraway, mace and salt.
- 1/2 cup at a time add flour.
- Set aside.
- Using a mixer (a 2nd large bowl), whip the egg whites until they hold their form.
- Fold the cake batter very gently into the whites maintaining the fluffiness of the whites even if it means the batter looks clumpy.
- Pour the batter into your prepared molds.
- Place it on a baking sheet in the middle of the oven.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden and set in the middle.
- A cake tester will come out clean when it is completely cooked. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before flipping onto clean cloth. Either serve warm or when completely cool, store air-tight.
Ginger nuts – GINGER NUTS – Mine
- 6 c. flour
- 1 Tbsp fresh-grated ginger
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. nutmeg
- 1 tsp. cloves
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 c. sugar
- 1 tsp. baking soda dissolved in a little coffee
- 1 c. molasses (or honey, but then they are light in color)
- 2 egg, beaten
- 1 c. melted margarine
- Candied ginger 50-60 pieces.
- Can add up to 2 cups of chopped nuts, raisins
- Mix dry ingredients.
- Add soda, molasses, egg and shortening.
- Mix to stiff dough,
- Lightly grease cookie sheet.
- Roll in long rolls, 1/2″ diameter.
- Cut off 1″ pieces.
- Squash a piece of ginger in the center of each and roll around it in the palm of the hands.
- Place about 1” apart on cookie sheet.
- Bake in moderate oven, 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.
While pfeffernusse are an archetypal German cookie, these aren’t quite the same. They’re based on a modern recipe, but adapted because I can’t have pepper! These sub the ginger for the “pepper” flavor.
Pork Roast with onion sauce – Recipes from descriptions and Le Viandier
- 2 ½ lb Pork roast (tenderloin)
- 3 large onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup caraway seed
- 1/2 cup of sauerkraut juice
- ½ cup white wine vinegar
- Garlic powder
- 1 stick butter
- ½ cup white wine
- 2 Tbsp prepared horseradish
- Salt to taste
- Put the roast into a crockpot on high.
- Pour 1 cup of the onion and the sauerkraut juice and vinegar over the roast. Salt lightly and sprinkle with garlic powder and caraway seed.
- After 2 hours turn the roast other side up and spoon juices over.
- After another 2-3 hours check the temperature of the roast. If it is at least 150F, turn to “keep warm” and do the rest of the steps as soon as possible.
- Melt butter in a large frying pan.
- Add the rest of the onions, white wine.
- Simmer until onions are transparent.
- Add the drippings and pan scrapings and onions from the crockpot and bring up to temp.
- ½ hour before serving, pull the roast, platter and slice.
- Serve the sauce on the side.
Sauce from Le Viandier – 31. Roast pork. – Eaten with verjuice. Some make a sauce (to wit, add garlic, onions, wine and verjuice to the roast drippings in the pan). In a pie; eaten with verjuice.
Spätzle – (traditional German)
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup water
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 eggs
- butter for finishing
- In a large bowl mix together the flour and salt. Add the water, milk and eggs to a measuring cup and whisk together well.
- Pour into the bowl with the flour and immediately start vigorously stirring the batter with a wooden spoon until there are no more lumps and you start seeing bubbles forming. Cover and rest for 30 minutes.
- When ready to make the Spätzle bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat and add a knob of butter to it.
- Place a coarse metal grater (or a special Spätzle maker if you own one) over the pot. Add about 1/3 cup of batter on top of the grater and gently stroke over it with the back of a spoon. Remove the grater and let the Spätzle cook until they come to the surface. Remove with a slotted spoon and drop into the hot pan. Proceed the same way with the remaining batter, adding more butter to the pan as needed.
Giano Balestriere I can’t confirm spätzle specifically, but there is a late 1400s recipe that involves an egg-based dough pulled into pieces and boiled (in milk, though). That comes reasonably close, and variations must have existed. Most pasta recipes that survive from period Germany are for knife-cut noodles.
Giano Balestriere Take good white flour and make dough with egg whites. Have boiling milk ready in a pan and pull the dough into little pieces, throwing them in as the milk boils. It must be salted beforehand. Also add fat. See that it stays worm-shaped. Do not oversalt it. Serve it.(Dorotheenkloster MS#150) After Bach, Volker: The Kitchen, Food and Cooking in Reformation Germany
Cherry Sauce for Pork
- 2 cups Cherry juice
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 cup Reinfal – A sweet wine
- 1 Apple
- ½ tsp Cloves
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Ginger
- ¼ cup Currants
- ¼ cup raisins
- Almond flour
- Take the cherry juice and sugar and reduce to make a syrup.
- Put into crockpot on low.
- Stir in wine.
- Add lebkuchen and let stand until the cookies fall apart.
- Peel, core and chop the apple and add to the mixture, then spices.
- Cook on low (crockpot) until it starts to look like a sauce. Add almond flour to get the right consistency and cook for one more hour. Serve warm.
7 To make a sauce in which to put a haunch of venison – Welserin
Lard it well and roast it and make a good sauce for it. Take Reinfal and stir cherry syrup into it, and fry Lebkuchen in fat and chop good sweet apples, almonds, cloves, cinnamon sticks, ginger, currants, pepper and raisins and let it all cook together. When you want to serve it, then pour the sauce over it. It is also for marinating a boar’s head. Then cook it in two parts water and one third vinegar. The head of a pig is also made in this manner.
Silliness – Crocs