It’s a Taurus Moon today and this is my moon.
I am learning to garden with the moon and by doing so get in synch with the natural ebb and flow of our universe.
Today I have been inspired to cook soups and I like to cook them in the oven using metal containers as this gives an alchemical flavour to the process.
All cooking is a form of alchemy as we take raw ingredients and transform them into something else using a process . If you roast vegetables in oil without much liquid the flavour is very different to cooking them on top of the oven and in water.
I love Indian cooking and have used Madhur Jaffrey’s recipes for years. When I worked in pubs I learned lots of techniques and recipes and collected local ones whenever possible. One of the key things then, was cooking in advance and in bulk ,which I found pretty joyless after a while 🙂 I also used microwaves to match the fast food ethos of that time but I haven’t had one of those for years. When we lived in Cumbria we made most of our food fresh for each day and asked our customers to be patient as quality tasty food takes time and patience and…..it takes as long as it takes. I love to take my learning from the past and let go of what no longer serves me ~ I love to have variety and quality rather than quick quantity 🙂 I believe the sacred in our lives is the common daily process and the more joy we bring to them , the more we experience heart living.
Cooking with Indian herbs and spices really enhances the flavours and brings out the wonder of vegetables……involves many processes and requires many pots so an assistant washer upper is an advantage. It is worth the extra cleaning. Using herbs for health is a very natural way of being in everyday life in India and is also incorporated into the Ayurvedic principles of health.
As we all seem to have so much to fit into a day now , as the food is cooking away in the oven , we can be getting on with other things ~ such as growing the food that will be future soup. Home made food that is created with love is one of the key steps to nurturing our bodies. It forms the substance of healthy living.
So many of these herbs are great for reducing anything inflammatory in the system . The more we tune in to hearing what our body needs and the healthier we become.
Today I felt inspired to create :
Mushroom and garlic soup with thyme and a splash of white wine
Put all ingredients in a metal pan with a lid according to how much you wish to make ~ I used a small punnet of white mushrooms and four large cloves of garlic , coarse sea salt, black pepper and a splash of wine, a smattering of olive oil and a sprinkling of dried thyme. Cook on low heat for about half an hour until mushrooms are cooked through, cool, blend with blender then add a veg stock or milk and a dollup of cream or if you don’t want dairy use a non dairy ingredient such as soya or coconut milk.
Squash, sweet potato and red pepper soup
Roast slices of the vegetables in olive oil according to the amount you wish to create in a metal container with lid.
Add some garlic cloves, a smattering of cumin seeds, cumin powder and turmeric with a couple of bay leaves and coarse salt and black pepper.
Cook on low for about an hour and stir vegetables to ensure they don’t dry out.
When soft, allow to cool and remove the skin if need be ( sometimes it doesn’t blend well ).
Blend and add some vegetable stock to the consistency you require.
This bubbles like a mud geyser so be careful ~ totally warms from the inside out and if you require more lava effect add some chilli 🙂
Great when you need warming after an afternoon on the allotment.
New Potato and leek mash up
Chop some potatoes and leeks and put in a metal container and lid. Add some oil and butter or substitute if non dairy.
Lots of coarse salt and pepper. Cook slowly stirring regularly on a low oven heat.
When soft add some veg stock ~ if you wish for a creamier version add milk or cream or non dairy alternative.
Simple soul food.
Miracle herbs and Spices
A lot can be gleaned simply by looking at the colour and shape of any plant.
Orange ~ Sacral chakra
Round ~ feminine yin
Cylindrical ~ more towards yang energy and masculine
Grown below ground ~ feminine yin
Above ground ~ more masculine yang
Great gardening activities in Taurus Waxing Moon time:
Waxing moon is when the moon is increasing which starts around new moon time. We have just had new moon in Aries and today we are in Taurus.
To find out what moon sign it is you can use this great website:
When the moon is waxing it is energising and this is very different to waning energy which is generally a relaxing and letting go time.
If you think of this in terms of a breath cycle:
When the moon is waxing we are breathing in and our lungs are expanding.
When the moon is waning we are breathing out ~ exhaling and releasing.
This is an amazing exciting area I am feeling very enthused with at the moment and I will be sharing my learning on this and how we can use this knowledge in a practical way to co create with our universe.
It is a good time to plant annuals today generally speaking ~ however there may still be risk of a frost so I’m holding back on that in the garden.
Taurus is an earth feminine sign and therefore yin plants that grow under ground ( Root veggies) are associated with Taurus:
These are best planted at a waning moon time so not today 🙂 We are in waxing for approximately 14 days and so in approximately a couple of weeks we are going into this time period.
Harvesting, canning and pickling are good today
I am getting ready to plant some seeds as I am hoping to get my first polytunnel soon ~ next tuesday is a very auspicious day for this as the moon is in Cancer.
I am visiting the Eden project in Cornwall soon so hopefully pick up some inspiration from there too.
Taurus Moon for our health.
The Taurus Moon time governs our jaws and neck.
This governs our energy levels.
In my other blog ~ flow with jo ~ I have spoken about issues with my teeth and decided to trial colloidal silver .
I ordered it yesterday and serendipitously it has arrived today at the perfect time for using it in Taurus Moon
I took my first dose today. Will keep you posted.
Anything that is to be ingested and taken in is a energetically aligned today ~ however if I was having an extraction of a tooth I would be better to wait to a waning time as there would be less blood loss ~ all fluids rise with the waxing moon until they peak at full moon , this is also true of emotions.
Here is an interesting article about how the sun and moon affect our inner cycles and the production of colloidal silver
Taurus is associated with Isis energy and Silver ~ lots of serendipitous synchronicities.