Friday, November 30, 2012

Valentines day Bring on the lovin

Chocolate Strawberry for my Honey Drink
After dinner cocktails (or beverages of any kind, for that matter) are a nice way to end an evening of delicious food. It gives everyone a chance to relax and unwind. This drink is perfect for a Valentine’s Day celebration, from the color to the name

1 oz Honey Simple Syrup (see directions below)
1 1/4 oz godiva liqueur
1 1/4 oz tequila rose

Mix in tin over ice. Strain into Martini glass. Garnish with chocolate dipped strawberry.
* (Honey Simple Syrup - mix 4 parts honey to 1 part water in a store 'n' pour or other convenient container)

Scott Cunninghams love spell and fruit salad

I just love Scott Cunningham's stuff!

[Warning! Note:] The love spell listed below is not something to laugh at.
Should you choose to use this spell to change someone's free will you will not only hurt the other person but yourself at least three times over. Do not use love spells lightly. They are powerful, incredibly potent magick. You would be wise only to use this spell with the permission of the one you love. Keep in mind the consequences of your actions.

Make a salad of the below-listed ingredients, concentrating on the love
you wish to share. Chant the Spell Incantation as you chop and slice.

Fruit Salad Ingredients:
1 cup Mango
1/2 cup Pine Nuts (optional)
1 cup Pineapple, to be cut into bite-size chunks
1 cup Apple, to be cut into bite-size chunks
1 cup Peaches, to be cut into bite-size chunks
2 or 3 Bananas, to be sliced (depending on personal preference)
1 small jar Red Cherries
1/2 cup Coconut (if desired)

Spell Incantation:
"Fruit of mango, fruit of pine,
Let the one I love be mine.
Fruit of apple, fruit of peach,
Bring him (her) close within my reach.
Fruit of banana, fruit of cherry,
Let his (her) love for me not vary.
As I work my magick spell,
Warmly in his (her) heart I dwell.
I now invoke the Law of Three:
This is my will, so mote it be!"

Mingle the fruits and place your hands on either side of the bowl, while
visualizing you and your loved one building a life together. Then serve the salad.

(The above recipe for "Fruit Salad with Love Spell" is adapted from Morgana of Hawaii's
recipe in Scott Cunningham's book "The Magic in Food: Legends, Lore & Spells", page 243,
Llewellyn Publications, 1990.)

Strawberry recipes

Strawberry Surprise

1 pt ripe strawberries
4 oz cream cheese
1 T sour cream
2 T confectioners sugar
1/2 t vanilla

Wash and thoroughly hull the strawberries to remove the center stem and create a cavity. Combine the remaining ingredients, whisking until smooth. Transfer to a pastry bag and pipe filling into the strawberries. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes before serving.

Balsamic Strawberries

2 pts strawberries
2 T balsamic vinegar
1 T sugar

Rinse, dry and hull the strawberries. Cut lengthwise into halves or quarters. Place berries and remaining ingredients in a serving bowl; toss gently to combine. Allow to macerate at room temperature for 30
minutes, tossing occasionally. Serve with dollops of whipped cream.

Strawberry Salsa

1 C chopped strawberries
1 T orange juice
1 t orange zest
1 finely chopped green onion
1 t coarse Dijon mustard
2 T red wine vinegar

Combine the ingredients in a small serving bowl; chill for 30 to 60 minutes.Yield: 1 1/2 cups. Serve as a garnish for grilled fish or chicken.

Strawberry Honey Butter

3/4 C softened butter
1/2 C minced strawberries
2 T honey
1 T lemon juice
1/4 t orange zest

Whisk to combine all the ingredients to a smooth consistency. Pack butter into a crock and cover tightly or transfer to a pastry bag to pipe into rosettes or wrap in waxed paper and roll into a log for slices.
Chill in refrigerator for at least 48 hours and bring to room
temperature before serving. Yield: 1 cup.

Quick Strawberry Jam

1 lb strawberries, hulled
2/3 C sugar
1 1/2 T lemon juice

In a large bowl, crush strawberries with your hands (or a potato masher); you should have 2 C of mashed berries.

Combine strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in a large, heavy skillet. Stir over low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil.

Simmer, stirring often, until the mixture thickens (about 20 to 30 minutes). Cool and transfer to a tightly sealed container; keeps up to 10 days in the refrigerator.

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