LOOK who I saw this morning!!!!
SO he made it into my Morning Coffee Sketch.....
Well that is true for me today... how about YOU?
I am also connecting with a lot of heritage wisdom at present so it makes sense.
I feel Tawny is saying.... "Look for what you hold deep within"
Sometimes I feel like it's on the tip of my tongue, my thoughts are JUST
about to put it together.
A knowing but not just yet realised.
pencil, ink on paper
Cheralyn Darcey 2014
For my daughter Punki ( Maddison ), her Animal Guide.
OK now if I don't get back to carving wood blocks
and Painting Flowers and WRITING,
I'll hear whips cracking.
"Wolf Listening" Cheralyn Darcey 2014
pencil & ink on paper
Kangaroo Energy: end of worry, time to take responsibility,
family connections, do the right thing, balance.
And anyone else wanting a little Kangaroo bouncy in their day!....
Blessings to YOU! xxxxxxxxx
I dreamt of Fox last night and jumped up to quickly sketch just now for YOU... and me !
Love & energy of FOX to YOU all today!
Wisdom, luck, energy to deal with people who trouble you,
ability to see clever ideas to seemingly insurmountable problems,
breakthroughs, long life, longevity of plans.
Have a Blessed Day of Foxy Energy my Friends..... xxxxxxxxx
Well I did say yesterday...
I've created Artworks with Waratahs as the subject so many times that
I could draw them without looking!
"Waratah Without Looking"
red felt tip on paper
To Join in:
My Wildflower FRIENDS!
You are already eating Flowers each week without probably being aware of it!
The Benefits of Cooking with Flowers is the same as all Plants.
They are healthy, nutritious and they are Magickal Foods!
Not to mention... they are FUN.
Flowering in my Garden this morning & EDIBLE!
Proper Flower IDENTIFICATION is YOUR responsibility
If in doubt, don't eat it!
Please don't send me photos to affirm for you.
This needs to be done in person ONLY.
Take the plant to your local horticultural center and tell them
you want to identify it as you wish to eat it.
Magickal FLOWER TORTILLAS PART ONE
- 3 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup warm water
- edible flowers, washed and dried. petals only
- You can mix either by hand or with an electric mixer with a dough hook. Combine dry ingredients and mix well until combined. Slowly add oil and water. Keep going until the mixture forms a ball and the dough is smooth.
- Place dough on a well-floured surface. Divide dough into 16 very even portions. Roll each into a ball, then flatten on your work surface... cover with a towel and let rest for 15mins. If the dough is sticky use a sprinkle of flour.
- Heat a large pan over medium-high heat. with a floured rolling pin, roll out each dough portion to about 15 cm. Place your edible flowers into one side of the dough and roll out a little more to about 17cm.
- Once the pan is heated, place tortilla into the pan ~ NON FLOWER SIDE FIRST and cook for about 1 minute or until bottom surface is lightly browned in places and starting to bubble. Flip to other side and cook for about 30 seconds. Remove from pan.
*in my video, I DO pick the petals straight off my plant to use, I have washed the entire plant before bringing it indoors.
*all plants are Sacred and I am always mindful of which Flowers I use for each purpose, including cooking. If a particular Flower does not seem 'right' to me to use, even though it is non toxic,
I won't use it.
EDIBLE FLOWERS LIST
from ABOUT Home Cooking
is a VERY good resource to work out which flowers are edible
with links to photos.
STILL you need to be 100% correct and the best way to be so is to grow your own
from professionally obtained plants OR to purchase from places selling flowers for culinary use.
|May be skin allergen to some individuals. Good with fish and the stems are especially popular candied. Tastes like: celery-flavored. More info here.
|Tastes like: sweet, anise-like, licorice
|Eat in moderation; may contain cyanide precursors. Tastes like: delicate floral flavor
|Tastes like: nutty, spicy, peppery flavor
|Tastes like: different varieties have different milder flavors of the corresponding leaves. Tastes like: lemon, mint. More info here.
|Also known as bergamot, it is used to make a tea with a flavor similar to Earl Grey Tea. More info here.
|Taste like: light cucumber flavor. More info here.
|Tastes like: faint cucumber flavor, very mild. More info here.
|Tastes like: poor man's saffron, spicy, tangy, peppery, adds a golden hue to foods
|Dianthus caryophyllus (aka Dianthus)
|Tastes like: spicy, peppery, clove-like
|Tastes like: faint apple flavor, good as a tea
|Buds can be pickled.
|Tastes like: mild onion flavor. More info here.
|Tastes like: garlicky flavor
|Tastes like: slight to bitter flavor, pungent
|Tastes like: waxy, pronounced flavor, use sparingly as an edible garnish, good for making citrus waters
|Raw flowerheads can be difficult to digest.
|Pungent. A prime ingredient in salsa and many Latino and Oriental dishes. Tastes like: Some palates detect a disagreeable soapy flavor while others adore it. More info here.
|Centaurea cynaus (aka Bachelor's Buttons)
|Tastes like: sweet to spicy, clove-like
|Tastes like: very young buds fried in butter taste similar to mushrooms. Makes a potent wine.
|Many Lilies (Lillium species) contain alkaloids and are NOT edible. Daylillies may act as a laxative. Tastes like: sweet, crunchy, like a crisp lettuce leaf, faintly like chestnuts or beans
|More info here.
|Tastes like: tangy, leafy
|Tastes like: sweet, licorice flavor. More info here.
|Fuchsia X hybrida
|Tastes like: slightly acidic
|Tastes like: light, sweet flavor
|Tastes like: similar to lettuce
|Tastes like: slightly acidic, boiled makes a nice beverage
|Tastes like: very bland, nondescript flavor
|Berries are highly poisonous. Do not eat them!
|Should be avoided by pregnant women and by those with hypertension and epilepsy.
|Tastes like: very bland, nondescript flavor
|Tastes like: delicate sweet flavor, used for teas.
|Contains saponins and may be toxic in large amounts. Tastes like: sweet to bland flavor
|Lavender oil may be poisenous. More Info. Tastes like: floral, slightly perfumey flavor
|Tastes like: lemony flavor, usually steeped for tea
|Tastes like: lemony, floral, pungent
|Tastes like: sweet, delicate flavor
|Tagetes tenuifolia (aka T. signata)
|Tastes like: spicy to bitter
|More info here.
|More info here.
|Eating in large amounts may cause red skin blotches. More info here.
|Buds are often pickled and used like capers. Tastes like: sweet, mildly pungent, peppery flavor
|Tastes like: similar to squash blossoms
|Viola X wittrockiana
|Tastes like: very mild sweet to tart flavor
|Flowering ornamental sweet peas are poisonous.
|Tastes like: similar to the ripe fruit of the plant, flavorful
|Birdseye Primrose (P. farinosa) causes contact dermatitis. Tastes like: bland to sweet flavor
|Tastes like: milder, sweeter version of the more familiar radish heat
|Tastes like: mildly sweet
|Rosa rugosa or R. gallica officinalis
|Tastes like: sweet, aromatic flavor, stronger fragrance produces a stronger flavor. Be sure to remove the bitter white portion of the petals. Rose hips are also edible (seeRose Hips Recipes).
|Tastes like: pine-like, sweet, savory. More info here
|Tastes like: nectar, bean-like
|Another "poor man's saffron" without the pungent aroma or strong flavor of the real thing
|Sage should not be eaten in large amounts over a long period of time. Tastes like: varies by type. More info here.
|More info here.
|Citronella variety may not be edible. Tastes like: varies with differing varieties from lemon to mint. More info here.
|Tastes like: bland to bitter flavor
|Tastes like: a very mild garlic flavor
|Cucurbita pepo species (aka Zucchini Blossom)
|Tastes like: sweet, nectar flavor. More info here.
|Tastes like: leafy, slightly bitter. Lightly steam petals to lessen bitterness. Unopened flower buds can be steamed like artichokes.
|Tastes like: lemon, adds a nice light scent. More info here.
|Begonia X tuberosa
|ONLY HYBRIDs are edible. The flowers and stems contain oxalic acid and should not be consumed by individuals suffering from gout, kidneystones, or rheumatism. Further, the flower should be eaten in strick moderation. Tastes like: crisp, sour, lemony
|Tastes like: sweet, nectar
|Flowers (petals only) and fruit are edible. Other parts contain saponin, which is poisonous. Large amounts may be harmful. Tastes like: crunchy, fresh flavor Tastes like: crunchy, fresh flavor
|Flowers to Avoid
|Some flowers in particular to be avoided (but not a complete list) are: azalea, crocus, daffodil, foxglove, oleander, rhododendron, jack-in-the-pulpit, lily of the valley, and wisteria. See a more complete list.
|*Only the petals of these composite flowers are edible. The pollen of composite flowers is highly allergenic and may cause reactions in sensitive individuals. Sufferers of asthma, ragweed, and hayfever should not consume composite flowers, and may have extreme allergies to ingesting any flowers at all.
Disclaimer: The author and Home Cooking Guide have thoroughly researched all the aforementioned edible flowers. However, individuals consuming the flowers, plants, or derivatives listed here do so entirely at their own risk. Neither the authors or Home Cooking can be held responsible for any adverse reaction to the flowers.
SOURCING EDIBLE FLOWERS
NEVER EVER use flowers from the Florist Industry as Edible Flowers.
These have ALL been sprayed with toxic pesticides and fertilizers.
Washing will not render them safe.
ONLY USE FLOWERS THAT YOU HAVE GROWN ORGANICALLY
YOU HAVE PURCHASED FROM A SUPPLIER
THAT SELLS THEM FOR CULINARY USE
This is a list of flowers you MUST NOT EAT as they are poisonous.
Also note that, as with ANYTHING, different people are allergic to a whole range of things.
Introduce EDIBLE Flowers ABOVE slowly. Have a nibble to begin.
NEVER EVER eat any of the flowers below.
|Poisonous Plants and Flowers
|Aconite (wolfsbane, monkhood)
|Azalea spp. (Rhododendron spp.)
|Burning bush (strawberry bush, spindle tree, wahoo)
|Calla (calla lily)
|Calla palustris (Zantedeschia aethiopica)
|Carolina jasmine (yellow jessamine)
|Chinaberry (bead tree)
|Deadly nightshade (belladonna)
|Death cammas (black snakeroot)
|Giant elephant ear
|Golden chain tree (laburnum)
|Heavenly bamboo (nandina)
|Henbane (black henbane)
|Horse chestnut (Ohio buckeye)
|Dolicbos lab lab
|Ivy (English ivy)
|Datura spp (Brugmansia spp.)
|Kentucky coffee tree
|Lily of the valley
|Lobelia (cardinal flower, Indian tobacco)
|May apple (mandrake)
|Mescal bean (Texas mountain laurel, frijo lillo)
|Periwinkle (myrtle, vinca)
|Philodendron spp. (Monstera spp.)
|Rock poppy (celandyne)
|Star of Bethlehem
|Trumpet flower (chalice vine)
|Wild cherry (black cherry)
|Yellow oleander (tiger apple, be still tree, lucky nut)
Disclaimer: This is a list of the most common poisonous plants and flowers but it is by no means complete. If the plant is not on this list, that doesn't necessarily make it edible or non-poisonous. Be sure you know what you are putting in your mouth!
I have a new weekly email newsletter that features free resources, weekly free resources and postcards to collect, Circle members ONLY invitations to events, special offers and discounts and Flower NEWS! I've named it "The Flora Circle"
Join the Flora Circle with Cheralyn
*beautiful & insightful weekly Oracle Postcards to collect
*news & special offers
*joining gift includes your Birth Flower Profile
~the Flora Circle is free & always will be
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this not only Recipe but BEAUTIFUL
family tradition featured at SBS
by Beata Zatorska
ROSE PETAL JAM
has a beautiful selection of Flower Scented Sugar Ideas
I just ADORE Rose Scented Sugar
THE LINK IS HERE:
Recommended Books & Resources
Beautiful and very well done Cook Book....
"Cooking with Flowers"
A fantastic Book for those looking at growing their own Flowers
for Culinary use....
"The Edible Flower Garden"
The Nation Gardening Association, USA
Webpage on growing Edible Flowers and Advice
ABC Australia PhotoPOST
Six Edible Garden Flowers
Garden Organic UK
Cultivating Organic Flowers in Your Garden FactSheet
9:30pm Sydney time each Sunday after the Podcast
IF you would like a Free Mini Flower Reading .... Come to the Weekly Podcast!
Post a photo of a flower that you are drawn to, any information you want to share about the Flower and the insight you are looking for.
POP BACK TO THE EVENT PAGE AT 9:30pm
*one of my Sketchbook Wildflower Signatures that I share regularly on my Facebook page
and make up my research for my Oracle Decks and Books.
IF you would like to LEARN Flower Reading yourself and even gain Certification
Cheralyn has over 30 years experience creating courses,
teaching and assessing and has a current Certificate IV in Training & Assessment
so your Certification is recognised and valid!
This VERY Indepth Online course , suitable for all levels, begins very soon...
Flower Reading Certification
with Cheralyn Darcey
author & artist of the "Australian Wildflower Oracle"
(September 2014 release Rockpool Publishing)
bookings now open
Have you ever wanted to learn Flower Reading and even gain certification?
My new ONLINE 8 week Workshop begins in April.
Early Bird Full Fee Payment Special: $130
OR Payment plan available: $50 deposit plus two payments of $50 before class begins
more details at this link..... http://www.creativewitchery.com/flower-reading.html
Next Week Podcast
8pm .... 23rd March 2014
We explore the spiritual and the art therapy benefits
creating these energy healing artworks bring.
A meditation is included along with the usual videos & resources.
To ensure you don't miss out... go to this link and JOIN:
Happy Blessings for a Magickal Week,
Creating my morning coffee and the red and black foil packets!!!!!
I don't usually drink this particular product but it was here.
Everything you see in Waratah is THERE!
Bright red.... the word Splendid.... the silver highlights... the inky black depths between the fingers and YES! The kick of POWER from the brewed coffee....
paper..... glue.... coffee foil
You can join in TOO!
HERE AT THIS LINK:
QUICK QUICK QUICK!
lol Big day but I'm committed!
Grabbing what was HANDY... a scrap of black paper and an inktense pencil and a white gel pen.....
I felt really connected with the dark of the Waratah, the inside, I know that in all the many paintings I have created, some as large as meters across.... the dark cool dark black of her peeking out between her fingers holds much to explore.
With the Power of the Waratah comes that which we may miss-use.....
My quick busy mind SLOWED right down as I remembered all this and more and yes I am writing as I go and I will hold all this until the end of THIS 30Journey.
This morning I was creating a bath blend to use tonight with some Himalayan Crystal Salt.
The light and sparkel reminded me of the shine on the Waratah... so..........
MEDIUM: Himalayan Crystal Salt and my finger!