09-17-2007 08:47 PM
Here is a web site I found that might help for finding some of the herbs.
Thank you so much! Great site- I'm sure it will be helpful to those of us who are planning a little garden spell of our own.
09-17-2007 10:30 PM
...when used with other edible flowers, it confuses the eater, thus concealing the true nature of what you are doing...
1-1/2 cups fresh mint
2 1/4 cups water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 to 1 cup sugar
3 oz liquid pectin
Green food coloring
Rinse the mint (stems and leaves). Place in large pot and crush with a masher. Add water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Add the lemon juice and a couple drops of food coloring and mix. Add the sugar and mix well. Put pot back on stove and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Once it comes to a boil, stir in the pectin and mix. Boil for 1 additional minute, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat, skim off foam with a metal spoon and quickly pour into hot sterilized jars. Seal with hot lids.
09-17-2007 10:31 PM
09-17-2007 11:57 PM
And this will make the eater... ?
...see love, feel love.
Claire served rose petal scones at the party at the Matteson mansion when Emma's mother wanted everyone to see Emma and Hunter John as madly in love.
Sarah, I won a prepublication copy of "Garden Spells" and absolutely loved it. Such a magical, beautiful and so believable world you created! I'm interested in edible and medicinal plants and was wondering if the attributes of the plants in your book are real/true/actual/factual (don't know what word I mean). If so, would you consider sharing your source(s) or at least giving a Googling tip? It would be much appreciated brain food (that could lead to more substantial fare). BTW, thanks for the recipes! If only I were a better cook! Maybe I can talk my husband into making them for me!
Thanks for sharing "Garden Spells" with us, Sarah! I wish your book much success and look forward to rereading it and to reading your upcoming books.
All the best,
09-23-2007 06:10 PM
I'm interested in edible and medicinal plants and was wondering if the attributes of the plants in your book are real/true/actual/factual (don't know what word I mean). If so, would you consider sharing your source(s) or at least giving a Googling tip?
All the best,
For a lot of the plants, I tried to take old medicinal and folkloric uses and turn them magical. But there is one plant use I remember that I completely made up -- Honeysuckle. It helping you see in the dark is based on nothing but my imagination. :-)
Some of the sites I bookmarked while doing research for Garden Spells are:
www.Botanical.com (used this one a lot, the recipe index and the plant and herb index are excellent)
www.gardenheights.com (click on the herbs link, lots of folklore)
www.regaininghealthnaturally.com (the herbs as medicine and food as medicine links)
In the beginning, I Googled "edible flowers" and the world opened up. Good luck!
09-23-2007 06:20 PM
Ensures you will win an argument. Conveniently, also an antidote for hurt feelings...
For every 2 cups packed fresh chive blossoms, you will need 2 cups white vinegar. Bring vinegar just to boil, but do not boil. Pour over chive blossoms. Let stand in rock or large glass bowl or bottle in a cool, dark place for one week. Strain vinegar, discard blossoms. Transfer to bottles and add sprig of fresh chive blossom to each bottle. Flavorful and pretty pink color.
(recipe from cooks.com)
09-25-2007 04:06 AM