I'm eating the most delicious organic fair trade dark chocolate bar with quinoa crunch and it's so decadent... I feel decadent always anymore. We're not rich by any means but we definitely live the life of hedonistic pagans! At any rate, the scrumptious candy has brought me to want to write a lot about food tonight.
So I'm finally starting this blog, for those of you who may have been expecting it.
I have to warn you- this isn't going to be one of those overly verbose and hyper-intelligent sounding blogs. I am and can be that, but I don't want to present these subjects in a stuffy, armchair-expert kind of way. The font may look impressive and serious, but this is simply my life. Every day I live the life of a devoted wife and Witch, and that's what I can share with you, in a very honest and practical way.
In honor of Sean Padraic's birthday which happens to fall upon St Patrick's Day, AND the handing over of our deposit for IRELAND, I've been cooking all manner of things Irish. I'll start with my favorite new recipe, one I tried to make for Yule with Sean's family, yet was too drunk when it was time to blend it all together, so I got bored and wandered away and he had to make it with his sister and mother instead. I can be a handful on ritual days! It's called Rutabaga and Sweet Potato Mash. I made it again tonight and it was spectacular. Here's the recipe:
Rutabaga and Sweet Potato Mash (serves 4)
2 large organic sweet potatoes
1 medium organic rutabaga (1 lb), peeled and cut into 3/4" cubes
1/4 cream, warmed (it's also ok to use evaporated milk, but you need slightly more)
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped fresh organic parsley (or more, to taste)
salt & pepper
Preheat to 400. Pierce potatoes and bake 1 hr. At 40 mins, bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add rutabaga and boil 15-20 mins, until soft. Drain and process in a mixer or blender with the cream, butter, sugar, & parsley until smooth. It will likely be green! Halve the baked potatoes and mash them into the rutabaga puree. Salt & pepper to taste.
Note: I use only organic vegetables & spices, and I try to always use goat milk products in place of cow dairy- not only because they taste better, but because goat's milk is actually far easier for humans to digest and is quite a bit less mucous-forming. Oh, you didn't know this blog would be also be partly lessons in nutrition?
Because Sean and I work totally opposite schedules this week (I had a 7 day stretch, two days off for his birthday, 1 day extra off because I was sick, and now I'm on a 6 day stretch!?), we haven't celebrated Ostara yet!!! Poo to us- we've just had so many problems with the dog, and our shower leaking into our bedroom closet- things not worth complaining about because they're Life Things-- okay maybe we complained about the dog-- too many hindrances and busy-ness... however we will have our Ostara Rites asap, alone. Together... alone... you know what kind of magick we're going to make! Not only will that be fun but it will raise lots of energy so that we, and our wonderful companions on our upcoming Ireland trip, can all make and save PLENTY of money so that we are all free to party as hard, eat as well, and shop as much as we want while we're there! So Lisa, Courtney, Liz, Tommy, everyone else- get ready to receive some sex energy- likely in the form of increased determination and ability to save money, and probably for sure in the form of actually getting lots of axxxtion!!!! I mean, can you go wrong either way?
Speaking of Ireland, it's all we think and talk about anymore (Ireland and Deadwood)! We hope Ireland is ready for our music, as we have 2 nights booked at a Dublin hostel in exchange for lodging, and are attempting to get a gig at the Guinness factory as well. We've learned a 80s U2 song!! And several old Irish American songs- not sure if those transited back across to them in the home land after they made them up in New York. It'll be amusing to find out if the Irish find us amusing. We'll also do a lot of acoustic punk songs, and hopefully Thorazine Unicorn, if we have a laptop by then (it being an electronic music project). We'll at least be bringing one of Sean's guitars andother portable instruments and surprises. SINGALONGS with Janet and Gavin will be hilarious I'm sure! OOOH if you have any requests that you just KNOW you're going to want to hear us play and sing during those long, beer-filled evenings after visiting the sacred sites, let us know now so we can learn them perfectly by August.
In conclusion, I hope you try this recipe and enjoy it. I also hope I'm not too long-winded and kooky. Goodnite!