Weed Wanderings Herbal Ezine with Susun Weed: Weed Wise Recipes
November 2003
Volume 3 Number 11
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Weed Wise Recipes...
Keeping Warm in the Winter Months

The cold months are approaching and no better way to warm yourself than from the inside out. So get those soup pots out and start cooking. Here is one of my favorite fall/winter soups...

Winter Squash Soup with Ginger
by Lori Nicolosi

3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 - 6 cups water, chicken or vegetable stock
3 - 4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, chopped
1 large butternut squash, peeled and cubed
2 - 3 Tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground coriander
tamari to taste
1 teaspoon or more to taste celtic sea salt
fresh coriander (cilantro) for garnishing

In a large soup pot, add the olive oil, onions, and sea salt. Cook over low heat until the onions are transparent and soft. Add the garlic. Let that cook for a few minutes until the aroma of cooking garlic fills the air. Raise the heat to high and add the ground coriander, cinnamon and the squash, stir well and cook for a few minutes making sure to stir often so the spices don't burn. Add the water or broth until it is just covers the squash. Bring to a boil over high heat then cover with a lid and lower heat to a simmer. Cook for about 1 hour, until soft.
Carefully blend the soup until smooth and silky or mash it a little and leave it chunky. Add the ginger... the larger amount if you like it a little spicy. Finish with tamari to taste and sprinkle on top lots of yummy fresh coriander.

note about ingredients: use organic ingredients whenever possible

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In need of grounding and warmth on these increasingly cold autumn nights?
Try this hearty root stew, it will warm up your toes, thicken your blood and get you ready for winter.

Root Stew
by Lori Nicolosi

1 large yellow onion chopped
2 Tablespoons organic butter
4 good sized red beets with greens, grate beets and clean & chop the greens
4 potatoes peeled and grated
4 carrots grated
4-6 cups bone broth or spring water
sour cream
celtic sea salt

Saute the onions with 1 teaspoon sea salt in the olive oil until transparent. Add the broth, beets, carrots and potatoes...making sure the liquid covers the veggies. Bring to a boil, cover pot with a lid and cook for about 30 minutes. Add in the beet greens and allow to cook for just a few more minutes. Add more salt to taste and serve with sour cream. This is also delicious with a splash of chickweed vinegar added.

note about broth: A storehouse of nutrition waiting for you to come and get it!
Want to learn more about broth? Need a few good recipes?
Click here to read "Broth is Beautiful" by Sally Fallon.

garlic Allium sativumAn excerpt from
Nature's Children

by Juliette de Bairacli Levy

Garlic Butter

Garlic is known as the most medicinal of all the herbs, and it is also highly tonic. Here is a pick-me-up for mothers which is good for the entire family and delicious tasting, too.

Use only fresh natural butter. To every tablespoon of butter, add half a dozen minced garlic cloves and a sprinkling finely minced parsley (and, if available, the minced leaves of mustard or cresses).This is spread on wheaten crackers, or stirred into warm rice and, of course, spread on bread.

The traditional way of making garlic bread in Portugal is to heat, then slice the bread, rub it with butter or drizzle olive oil, and press minced garlic into it.

A Note on Butter and Margarine

I totally avoid margarine for my human family, and for my dogs and cats. The hydrogenated fat used in margarine keeps indefinately and does not go rancid as fresh butter does. This "forever" quality means that it permanently lines the internal organs, and that can hardly be considered beneficial. I know of a Dachshund who died after eating a quarter-pound stick of margarine!

Nature's Children

Nature's Children book coverBook Review by Mischa Parrill, Wicca at BellaOnline
I give this book 4 Bella Stars.

"Nature's Children" is a book written by Juliette de Bairacli Levy. Ms.
de Bairacli Levy is, as described by a friend in the introduction of the book, the "original nature girl". She is a Gypsy, and her travels have imparted
upon her great knowledge of herbs, plants, and natural things, which she shares in this book.

The book is illustrated with many wonderful photographs of her children, and their various animal friends, in the natural settings throughout the world in which they were raised. The book details a way of life those of us in the Western world have largely forgotten. She steps you through pregnancy, childbirth, and child-rearing in a nature-reverent way.She includes many ideas about organic foods, herbal medicines, and simple how-to's for the parent concerned for the ever-growing detachment from nature present in the world today.

I enjoyed this book immensely. While, alas, I feel I am a bit too technology oriented to completely abandon my "urban" way of life, I did find her book inspiring, and it has helped me remember to include natural things in my, and my children's, everyday life.

"Nature's Children" is published by Ash Tree Publishing, and can be purchased from the publisher's site at www.wisewomanbookshop.com.
The suggested price is $15.95 US.



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