My Green Cauldron

Tea Time

Tea is such an amazing thing. Warm or cold, blended to your tastes and needs, connecting to the plants magic that is all around us.

Some of the most wonderful conversation happen over a pot of tea!

 

messy house, don’t care!

hi all! i was just talking to folks about how the pictures of people and places and homes always seem so perfect, so clean, so NOT my life! will in an effort to keep things real i want to share with you are messy, cozy little home, at least a little space of it.

 

My first video for the blog!

Hi!! Wanted to check it video making and to say hi!!

Green Beans with Onions, Garlic & Tomato

Extra green beans from the garden? This recipe from Madhur Jaffrey’s cookbook World of the East Vegetarian Cooking.

Green Beans with Onion, Garlic, and Tomato

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1 ½ pound fresh green beans, trimmed and cut to 1-inch

2 medium sized onions cut into fine sliced half moons

2 cloves of garlic minced

1-pound ripe tomatoes (or 7-8 canned plum tomatoes), peeled and diced

4 tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper

 

Heat oil in wide pot over medium-low flame. When hot add garlic and cooked about 30 seconds. add onions cook until just translucent (do not allow color to the onions). Add tomatoes, beans, salt (start with a 1 tsp), pepper and ½ cup of water. Bring to boil. Cover, lower heat, and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until beans are cooked. Remove lid. Turn up heat and reduce liquid by about three-quarters, stirring gently as you do. Salt for taste.

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Cool & Crunchy Cucumber Salsa

This is a recipe that was shared on Facebook a few years back. it is so so good!! and i really nice way to use up the extra cukes and maters from the garden

Cool & Crunchy Cucumber Salsa

2 cups finely peeled, seeded, chopped cucumber

½ cup finely chopped seeded tomato

½ cup chopped onion (red onion is nice)

2 tbsp minced fresh parsley

1 jalapeno pepper seeded and chopped

1 tbsp minced fresh cilantro

1 clove of garlic, minced

¼ cup plain Greek yogurt

1 ½ tsp of both lime and lemon juice

¼ tsp cumin

¼ tsp season salt

Tortilla chips for serving

In a small bowl combine cucumber, tomato, onion, parsley, jalapeno, cilantro and garlic. In a separate bowl combine yogurt, lemon and lime juice, cumin and season salt, pout over cucumber mixture and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

white bean, sage and garlic soup

White Bean, Sage, and Garlic Soup

It doesn’t take long to make this flavorful soup. Ready in about 30 minutes, it is a flavorful meal in a bowl. For something different try chopped walnut or hazelnut instead of cheese.

1 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp minced fresh sage leaves

4 large garlic cloves

4 cups chicken/vegetable broth

1 bay leaf

2 cups white beans lightly crushed

½ tsp salt and pepper, or to taste

1 large egg, lightly beaten

Toasted bread for serving

¼ cup parmesan cheese for serving

In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, bring oil to a ripple and stir in sage, garlic and bay leaf. Cook mixture until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

Increase heat to medium high and add broth, beans, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer partially covered for 15 minutes.

Remove bay leaf. Remove pan from heat and whisk egg into soup.

Ladle soup in to bowls, sprinkle with cheese, serve with toast. Serve immediately

Serves 4

Garden Sage

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I’ve been working with sage lately, there is so much in the garden! It’s been a good year. I have been drying it for the kitchen and for mini sage smudge sticks. I just love the smell of them! You probably know sage from it’s use in recipes, especially meats like chicken, turkey, and pork. That’s because it is a great digestive aid and a carminative (relives the gases). Well there is so much more to sage than that!! Oh my goodness! Because there is so much sage in my garden I decided to investigate other uses for it. There are many…. I think sage may be one of the top ten herbs it’s so amazing!

As I was reading one of my many books around here on herbs I learned a lot more about this plant. You are familiar with sage as it grows, right? No? well it’s part of the mint family and very aromatic, there’s no mistaking it’s aroma. It’s a perennial, which means it comes back year after year without reseeding. It can grow 2-3 feet tall and has gray/green colored leaves. The leaves are amazing, take a close look at them, they are bumpy, very textured, a little fuzzy. It is the leaves that hold the medicinal and magical powers. The flowers are small and bluish, with purple and white stripes.  Mine grows right in the middle of my garden, next to the nettle. Plenty of sun and water.

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You are familiar with sage as a culinary herb, most kitchens around here have it. Great with turkey and in stuffing, pork roasts and baked chicken. There is so much more than that too! As a tea, sage is DEE-ish!! Really, try it! It helps clear brain fog, improves memory and the ability to concentrate. Also, if your nose starts dripping and your throat is acting up…. ugh! a cold…. well, sage tea to the rescue. Sage has an affinity for the nose, throat, and respiratory system! Works wonders when you feel the first tinges of a cold. I love using teas as support for when I’m starting to feel icky.

Menopause, I only mention it because it is coming up before too long for me, I’m no spring chicken here. But sage is a menopausal woman’s friend. Asa cool tea it helps with night sweats and headaches, supports the regulation of hormones and improves circulation (do you feel cold and damp? Sage tea may be what you need).

I mean the list goes on abut the usefulness of sage, that herb in your cabinet, from helping with weaning to helping restore the color to your gray hair. BUT there is even more because sage is amazing!!

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Sage is a very important herb spiritually to many cultures and has been used for centuries in ceremonies and magic. I know you have seen the movies where a Native American is fan smoke out of a shell or other sacred vessel and walking around chanting. This is a ceremonial use, the clearing and protection. Sage is also being used to raise the vibration of a person/home/space. It helps you open to higher states of consciousness and spirit communication. It reminds us to remember our roots, and to keep our foundations strong, it also helps open our third eye. Sage encourages wisdom, and connection to intuition. I don’t think it is coincidence that sage refers to an herb, but also means a mystic or wise person! Sage gives clarity of mind, encourages wisdom and intuition, opens your third eye and helps you state grounded, protected and vibrating at a higher level! Seriously!! It is an herbal powerhouse! There is so much more I could write about, but the boys are rolling out of bed and tumbling down the stairs.


Here is a wonderful recipe for sage tea

1 tbsp. sage

Juice of one lemon

Honey to taste

I quart of water

Place first 3 ingredients in a container

Pour boiling water over them. Cover and steep for 30 minutes. Strain and serve (hot or cooled), with a wedge of lemon.


I did mention that sage was good on relieves the gases…that make a great companion for beans too!

Here is a great recipe for you to try them in.

Country white bean, sage and garlic soup.

 

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