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What’s Cooking? A Look Into My Kitchen

Hello, all! I have been very busy today and yesterday. I went to an herb store yesterday evening and the lady who runs it was super cool! She found all the herbs on my list and I walked out of there a happy customer. She even had vervain and agrimony! I was very impressed. She also had valerian root. Valerian root is a jerk to blend with. I blended it with jasmine, chamomile, lemon peel, lemongrass, and honeysuckle, and still the valerian was a jerk and overpowered everything. It did do its job and knock me out cold for the night, though. Kudos to valerian root. I wondered what I would do with all of these neat supplies today. I also went grocery shopping yesterday, so it’s been a busy day cooking and brewing tea. What exactly is cooking today? Let’s take a look!

Codfish For Lunch

What's cooking? Cod is...or was.

This beautiful mess is a Mediterranean codfish dish (say that 10 times fast!!) that contains asparagus, a whole leek, a whole onion, about a cup of olives, two tomatoes, olive OIL, a whole stick of butter, and more. My husband liked it and asked for a refill. He doesn’t normally eat a lot of food in one sitting in general, so asking for a refill is something very rare. It’s a high compliment! He also didn’t add additional salt, which blew my mind. He refers to himself as the Salt Lord, so seeing the Salt Lord eat a thing and not need more salt…dang. I’m impressed with myself. I really am good at cooking!

It was very easy to make and I didn’t hurt myself making it. Opening the asparagus can was a little tricky. Thank goodness my husband is here today or else I would not have been able to open it. Once the blasted can was open, everything else went smoothly. 

It took about 20 minutes to bake the dish and it was worth every minute. I was super hungry while I waited for it to bake, but I stayed strong and didn’t give in to my hunger. It was worth it!

It tasted super fresh and was delightful. The onion slices were too big, though, which threw off the balance a little bit. They did, however, absorb a lot of the butter and olive juice. It was  super nice and was probably that poor onion’s saving grace here. It was a big hit!

Taste the Herbs: Today’s Tea Making

Before all of the cod shenanigans, I made two slightly different pots of tea. A friend of mine loves hibiscus in her tea but is allergic to citrus. I took it as a challenge to make her some hibiscus tea without citrus. The blend I ended up liking the most contained hibiscus, cinnamon, lemongrass, allspice, and a tiny bit of peppermint. The first round was slightly more tart with a cinnamon finish and the second one had more pepperminty roundness, probably because I added more peppermint. My synesthesia loved it. 

I’m super pleased with how all of these turned out. Here’s a picture of the blend so far:

She should get her blend tonight or tomorrow. I’m excited to see what she thinks!

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Like Swallowing Fire: Special Edition Tea Making Post

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Hello, friends! I have created this very special special edition of Order In Discord to discuss something very important – swallowing fire.

If you’ve hung around here for a while, you might remember my ginger + turmeric + red pepper anti-inflammatory potion. Ever since making it that one night, I have wanted to make it again. While I was at the grocery store, I found fresh ginger and turmeric. I snatched some up (about 0.6 lbs each), checked out, and headed home.

Eating ginger is like swallowing fire.
Ginger and turmeric roots.

The first task was chopping them up. I was really scared to peel them because I don’t like sharp objects. It took a lot of courage to even cut them.

A bit of a digression here…

Before I picked up the ginger and turmeric, I heard a song that my dad and I both loved – “Walk on the Ocean” by Toad The Wet Sprocket – in the grocery store. I almost started bawling in the middle of the aisle. It’s been a really hard week for me with regards to grief. I think my dad was hanging around last night. My husband was talking to our housemate about how engines work while I worked on last night’s post about the sleepytime tea. Their discussion reminded me of one my dad would have. I thought of that song in the store, last night, and the process of getting over my fear of knives as I cut the ginger and turmeric.

The chopped turmeric.

People have told me that the only way to get over a fear is to face it head on. In the case of knives, I must learn to use a knife if I’m ever going to stop being afraid of them, so I did a courageous thing today and cut the turmeric and ginger up into little pieces.

Stock Pot Tea

After all of the chopping was done, I stuck the pieces in a stock pot and covered them with water. I put the pot on the stove on high heat, stirring it as it came to a boil. I also added 2 cinnamon sticks and a healthy (?) dose of crushed red pepper. I kept stirring as it boiled, and the result was a dark brown liquid. It was incredibly spicy by the time I pulled it off the stove, so spicy that it took 3 cups of whole milk to get the burn to go away at one point.

(Tip for those sensitive to spice: milk is good at getting spicy pain to go away, but butter is better.)

The tea in a mug.

It got less spicy as it cooled, or I got used to it, seeing as I’m on cup #6 of the stuff, I think. I’ve lost count. I still have a long way to go to finish the pot. I want to make this tea when I’m sick because it cleaned out my sinuses! It’s spicier than a lot of hot sauces I’ve tried at restaurants. I’m pretty sure that people who are used to spice would have no problem with it, though.

Like Swallowing Fire

At first I titled this post “Like Swallowing Fire” because I wanted it to have a cool name. After some thought, though, it’s more accurate than I imagined it it would be.

I have been doing a lot of thought about spiritual tests and the nature of grief these last few days. It’s been hard, especially with my dad’s birthday a bit ago. When I’m not writing blog posts, I deal in a lot of imagery because I love to write poetry. I think the image of swallowing fire goes beyond the taste of tea. In my life, I can either swallow the fire and show up to life, or the fire can swallow me. It’s my choice. I’ve been going through a lot of difficult things lately. Like braving the taste of spicy tea, dealing with grief, and cutting turmeric, I can either plunge headlong into hard things or run away from them. The question I must answer is: will this break me?

My answer is no. Absolutely not.

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