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Basil

Basil

Basil

She is my signature herb, so I chose Basil for the 1st of 52 herbs in 52 weeks.

Many varieties of basil exist because it has been around for ages.  Basil is a tender annual, but can be continued indoors when the weather gets cold so you can have this yummy herb all year around if you provide it with care.  Hindu’s regard Sacred Basil as one of their sacred plants. In Florida, we have great difficulty growing the ruffly sweet & ornamental basil, so I usually grow Thai basil or Bush Basil.

Start seeds indoors about 6 weeks before the last spring frost date.  Once all frost danger has passed, you can transplant into the garden in an area of full sun.  In most zones, you can have successive plantings through July.

Begin harvesting when plants are 8 inches tall & before they bloom.  Harvest when the leaves are dry & from the main stem to improve bushiness.  Pinch off flowers as they start to bloom.  Basil can be dried, but tastes better if frozen (blanch leaves & freeze in ice cubes or freeze raw in oil).

Basil infusions are reported to promote digestion & may also help reduce a fever.

A kitchen witch’s dream, basil is so yummy & can be used in pastas, salads, dressings, with tomatoes, in pesto…the options are almost endless.  Here’s what I did last night: Compassionate Eggplant Rollitini

Associated with the planet Mars (Tuesday) & the element of fire, she can be used magically for:

  • Love
  • Wealth & Success
  • Protection
  • Consecration & Purification (tools & sacred spaces)
  • House Blessings
  • Handfasting
  • Exorcism
  • Funerals

“Try sprinkling basil around the bedroom to banish any negative emotions & bad feelings after a lover’s spat.” ~ Herb Magic for Beginners by Ellen Dugan.  Work in a clockwise direction, sprinkling basil in the corners while weaving an appropriate spell.

**Tip** Basil repels many flying insects!  Try putting some on your picnic table – crush the leaves to release the fragrance.

Share what you know about this glorious herb.

Sources:  Your Backyard Herb Garden, Herb Magic for Beginners, To Light a Sacred Flame, The Essential Herb Garden

~~~Remember, all information in these posts are for magick, well being, health promotion, and fun…nothing is designed to diagnose or treat a medical illness.~~~ Just a little legal stuff.

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Compassionate Eggplant Rolitini

In celebration of my study of Basil, here’s an animal friendly (vegan) version of eggplant rolitini. Yummmy!! I’ll try to post pics of these recipes, but this one got eaten up so fast there wasn’t a chance to get the camera. I’ve added links to some of the uncommon ingredients for you who are new to vegan cooking – these are just my choices, you can pick your own brands.

1 Eggplant sliced thinly lengthwise – salted & rinsed
Flour for dusting
1 cup soy milk
1 T EnerG Egg Replacer (or other egg replacer of your choice)
No stick oil spray (olive oil spray is the yummiest in this)

Filling:
2 cups Macadamia nuts (raw & unsalted preferably) soaked for 1 hour & rinsed
~ 1 cup water
1 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 clove garlic
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
3 T nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp salt

2 cups of your favorite marinara sauce
1/2 cup of shredded vegan mozzarella

Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray.

Put flour & breadcrumbs on separate plates. Mix soy milk with egg replacer in a flat pie plate or large bowl.
After salting & rinsing the eggplant slices, dip each slice in the flour, then the soy milk mixture & then the bread crumbs (both sides). Place onto baking sheet in one layer & spray thoroughly with non-stick spray. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes (or until browned & soft). Speed bake in a convection oven works wonderfully here, but it’s not necessary.

Mix all of the Filling ingredients except water in a food processor. Add about 1/2 of the water & process, adding water until very smooth. The amount of water used will depend on the strength of your processor. You are looking for a texture that is smooth, but not watery – think ricotta cheese here.

Put about 1/2 cup of marinara sauce into the bottom of an 8×8 baking pan.
Place about 2T of filling onto each eggplant slice & roll up into a log like this . Top with marinara sauce & shredded mozzarella. Spray the top with non-stick spray.

Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.

Serve over pasta with additional sauce if desired.

Enjoy!

~*Rhi*~

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52 Herbs in 52 Weeks

Here’s the challenge:  Can I research & understand 52 Herbs in 52 Weeks?

In my magickal journey I’m getting a bit scattered.  There’s so much to learn!!

I’m a teacher at heart & would love to teach what I love instead of what I am burnt-out in (allopathic, Western medicine…blah…yuck…life-sucking).

So, I’m going to study!  I thought about how best to do this & figured, why not pick 1 herb a week & learn everything I can about it.  It’s history, cultivation, culinary uses, health uses, magical uses.
This week’s herb is Basil

Basil

Basil

Give me a couple of days & I’ll post everything I’ve learned about one of my favorite herbs!

Wild Blessings,

VeganWitch ~*Rhi*~

The Magic is in Your Hands