My Green Cauldron

Red Beans & Rice

Recipe for red beans and rice, a favorite around my house.

 2 tablespoons of olive oil

 1 1/2 cup chopped onion

 3/4 cup chopped green pepper

  3 celery stalks,  chopped

Cook for about 4 minutes

Add 3 bay leaves, 1 tbsp of parsley, 1 tsp of thyme, 1/4 tsp cayenne, and 3 tbsp chopped garlic chopped

Cook about 4 minutes

 Add 4 cups of cooked red beans and 2 cups of chicken/vegetable broth

Season with salt and pepper

 Bring to a boil, and simmer until thick

Vegetarian Gumbo

2 tablespoons safflower oil

2  tablespoons unbleached oil-purpose flour

1 small onion, cut into 1/4 -inch pieces (1 ½  cups)

2 celery stalks, cut into ¼ -lnch pieces (1cup)

orange or red bell pepper, cut into ½ -inch pieces (1cup)

Kosher salt

1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained

1 1/2 teaspoons Creole seasoning

4 cups vegetable broth

8 ounces okra. cut into ¼ -inch rounds (2 cups)

1 yellow squash, quartered lengthwise and chopped (2 cups)

1 can (14 ounces) black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained

Steamed white rice and sliced scallions, for serving

In a medium pot, whisk together oil and flour to combine. Cook over medium heat. whisking frequently, until mixture is the color of butterscotch, about 10 minutes. Add onion, celery, and bell pepper. Season with salt and cook, stirring, until vegetables soften, about 8 minutes. Add tomatoes and Creole seasoning; cook until fragrant, 1to 2 minutes more. Stir in broth, okra, squash, and peas. Bring to a boil. then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes. Serve over rice, sprinkled with scallions.

Rustic Cassoulet

3 (15-ounce) cans Great Northern beans

1 tbsp olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves

¼ cup each tomato paste & water

 I teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 cup bread crumbs

3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

½ tsp black pepper

½ cup bread crumbs

3 tbsp fresh parsley, minced

Rinse and drain beans; set aside. Heat oil in ovenproof Dutch oven over medium-high heat until hot. Add chopped onion; cook and stir just until onion is tender, about 5 minutes.

Stir in minced garlic; until tender, 1-2 minutes.

 Stir drained beans, tomato paste, water, dried thyme and  black pepper  into Dutch oven. Cover; reduce heat low medium-low. Simmer

15 minutes or until mixture is bubbly.

 Preheat broiler.

Combine bread crumbs and parsley in small bowl; sprinkle over Lop of cassoulet. Broil 4 inches from heal until crumbs are lightly browned, about 3 minutes.

tangy spinach yogurt soup

1 hour from start to finish

1 tablespoon unsalted butter or canola oil

2 large white onions, thinly sliced

1 teaspoon coarse salt

 ½ cup minced fresh parsley

1/4 cup minced fresh chives

1/4 cup minced fresh dill, or 1 1/2 tablespoons crumbled dried dill

1 1/2 tablespoons crumbled dried oregano

1/2 cup uncooked green lentils, rinsed

1 1/2 cups water

4 cups plain low-fat or nonfat yogurt

4 cups torn washed spinach leaves

Dash paprika

In a large, deep saucepan, melt the butter or heat the oil. Add the onions, salt, parsley, chives, dill, and oregano, and sauté over low heat until the onion is limp, about 20 minutes. Add the lentils and stir well to blend.

Stir in the water. Bring to a boil  over medium -high heat, cover, and simmer over low heat until the lentils are cooked, about 20 minutes. The lentils are done when they’re tender all the way through, yet retain their shape. Turn off the heat .

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the yogurt until it’s smooth and creamy. Whisk in about a tablespoon of the hot broth . Gradually add more broth, whisking after each addition, until half the broth is in the yogurt.

‘Whisk the yogurt mixture back into the saucepan. Add the spinach, and stir constantly over low heat until the spinach has turned bright green and the soup has warmed through, 8 to 12 minutes. Be careful not to bring the soup to the boiling point or the yogurt will separate.

Ladle the soup into serving bowls, and sprinkle each serving with a dash of paprika. Or chill right  away, covered,  and serve cold.

eat the greens : dandelion

it’s spring!! time to get those early spring greens, one of my faves is dandelion greens. this is the easy way to prepare them, quick and healthy!

fresh dandelion greens
saute in a little olive oil
cooked greens with kombucha vinegar

do you have a favorite way to eat your greens?

Poppet Making

One of the tools in magical herbalism is making a poppet. A poppet is a doll crafted as a representation of oneself (or someone else) that is being helped with your magic. Most poppets are made to speed healing, draw money or draw love.
For this project I made a poppet of myself for healing, and to help promote peace and love in my heart and life. A poppet will help focus magic for the intention set.
I hand crafted a poppet myself, first obtaining a pattern. You can draw one yourself or you can look online for them. Once you have a pattern you will need to gather your material. A good choice for material is any natural fiber, I chose cotton because it is easy to work with, doesn’t cost a lot, and is easy to get. As for color, the one chosen should align with your intention. I chose white for protection healing, and peace. White can also be a substitute for any other color. After deciding on a fabric, cut the pieces out. With right sides together, sew ¾ of the way around. You can use a sewing machine or hand sew. I hand sewn mine with red thread for love, healing and energy.
Now is the time to chose what will go into your poppet. I have chosen 4 herbs and a crystal to go into mine for the intentions that I am setting. The herbs I chose are rose petals, chamomile, lavender, and lemon balm. Rose petals were chosen for love, lasting relationships and domestic peace and happiness. Chamomile was added for calmness, healing, and abundance of life. Lavender brings love, protection, and peace. Lemon balm helps ward of evil, attract love and good cheer, and it promotes healing. A clear quartz crystal will also be used for its ability to amplify energy and thoughts. Once the poppet is filled with your herbs, sew the final ¼ shut.
The outside of your poppet can also have adornments. I kept the extras to a minimum in my poppet opting to crochet a chain stitch in purple to represent a scarf I commonly wear, just enough to identify the doll. You can personalize the outside of your doll any way you wish. Keep in mind the intention for the poppet.

hand drawn pattern
hand sewn poppet
herbs and crystals for the poppet
finished poppet

Once your poppet is finished it is time to set your intention. For this part there are many things you can take onto consideration. Things like the day, the planetary hour, the moon phase and planet can all be addressed to help guide your energy to your intention. For this ritual I chose Monday Feb 4, 2019, which is the new moon. The color candle I chose is light blue, which lead me to the planet Jupiter, and the planetary hour of 9:34-10:23. I chose Monday for emotional matters, peace and protection. Monday happened to also be the New Moon which is a great time for new beginnings and setting intentions. Light blue candles were used as they represent tranquility, harmony, and peace. Jupiter is the bringer of abundance and growth on all levels, which leads to the planetary hour.
When everything is set up and ready it is time to set your intention in your poppet. This can be done through meditation, creative matters, and/or another method you use. Close the ceremony by expressing gratitude.

i haven’t had too much time with my intentions to come to be. but i do have to say that i made the poppet a little while before the intention setting ritual. it has been sitting on my altar. i have 3 sons (15-8) and i explained to them what it was and what it was for (what my intentions were for the poppet). after that i notices that my younger to fellas would go and love on the poppet and tell the poppet how loved it was. not sure if any intention setting ritual will be as powerful as the love my fellas are filling that doll with. so far it’s energy is super fabulous awesome!!

The poppet will be kept on the altar as a reminder of the intention that I set.

Amber, piece of the past

  • Mohs- no info
  • charka – solar plexus, crown
  • energy – projective
  • planet – sun
  • sign – Leo, Aquarius
  • element – fire/Akasa
  • vibration – 3
  • family – organic
  • herbs
  • conditions – goiter, disease of the throat, kidney, bladder
Amber Beads

pine resin from the Oligocene period

thought to possess the power of life, the animating principle

associated with cycles and longevity

‘married’ to jet, god/goddess, sun/earth, projective/receptive forces of nature

can have electrical charge (like jet)

worn to enhance beauty and attract love

worn to attract friends and brings happiness

allows body to heal itself by absorbing and transmuting negative energy to positive energy

assists in opening the crown chakra, helps with manifestation

stimulates intellect

Amber Beads