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"Where better to care for the soul than in the details of our daily lives?....The soul has an absolute, unforgiving need for regular excursions into enchantment. It requires them like the body needs food and the mind needs thought... An enchanted world is one that speaks to the soul, to the mysterious depths of the heart and imagination where we find value, love and union with the world around us. As mystics of many religions have taught, that sense of rapturous union can give a sense of fulfillment that makes life purposeful and vibrant." ~ Thomas Moore.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Garden Food !

I have been trying to learn how to garden in sunny south Florida, and have finally had some success with raised beds and lots of peat moss and my own lovely compost. I am growing quite a few things now and the first thing when I open my eyes in the morning, I want to see what my lovely Green Friends have done overnight. 
A couple of days ago I wanted to have a rich experience and as my mind began to wander I was quickly brought to my own garden...instead of looking for an ''experience'' I decided to BE the experience! and to make a meal entirely from my gardens' produce. I had some lovely cabbages, and sweet onions, many varieties of herbs and came up with 2 dishes I could make that afternoon. 

My Fairy Cabbage Patch!
One was a beautiful raw salad of cabbage, sweet onion, heirloom tomato, green onion, sage, marjoram, cilantro, and basil. I cut the cabbage from its earthly base, and brought in what looked like a huge flower with a green ball in the center. The green ball being the cabbage hidden in tightly woven leaves, and the flowering petals were the outer leaves, ruffled, and deeply veined with lots of crevices making it look like the petals of a large flower. I cut some of the ''petals'' or leaves for the other dish, and then cut the ''ball'' or the cabbage out from the leaves, and was left with large petals. I made my wonderful salad and dressed it with organic olive oil, raspberry vinegar, Himalayan pink salt and fresh cracked pepper and served it in a wooden bowl, and put the bowl in the center of the large cabbage ''petals''....the result was a gorgeous raw salad, presented in a truly organic and beautiful way!
Cabbage Salad in Cabbage Petals Bowl

The other cabbage dish was with a Thai sauce using, dates, raw almond butter, nama shoyu, garlic, ginger, jalapeno and lime juice all blended to make a divine Thai sauce I cannot begin to describe. It has all the taste elements of salt, sweet, pungent, sour and hot which is a recipe for perfection. Then I cut up the cabbage into shreds and also shredded some green onion, and added the Thai sauce and mixed it well. I then took some of the cabbage petals or leaves I had removed and layed some salad on top and rolled them and ate yum was that! All raw, all organic and from my own garden! No pics for those, they went straight from bowl to mouth. I had an adventure of culinary delight bordering on bliss right at home!
You can do this too.

Welcome to the Fairy Cafe and Gardens !

"Riders of the Sidhe"  by John Duncan 1911
Greetings and Blessings of Anam Cara to All....

I was inspired to do this blog at the behest of some friends who insisted I could no longer withhold my Magic to myself ! And so in lieu of opening a shop in some commercial venture or for lack of other means of expression outside of my little Hobbit Fairy Home, for the meanwhile, I have decided to spend my time being inspired and creating from my Imagination and thoroughly enjoying the Beauty that lives within my Soul, that which my Soul brings forth......... and sharing it with you all here in this inorganic space.
I am devoted to Beauty. And for me, this begins with all things of Nature. WE ourselves are products of Nature and of the Heavens as Stardust. 

I live for Beauty, for Beauty is the Face of God. And when something is beautiful, especially if I had a hand in creating it, placing it, or simply admiring it.....I feel I am One with God/dess.

I have a Celtic Soul, meaning I feel I was born in the times of The Ancient Ones who were One with Nature, The Tuatha De Danann, The Beautiful People. These were the Ancient Shining Ones, who came from the Sky, and who lived on this beauteous Earth, as the Royal Ones of the Elemental Essence.
We have returned.
We, were/are a people who excelled in all crafts, being master's of all ventures embarked upon. Being both an artistically and agrarian people, excellence is our trademark, and Beauty the result. We are natural at it, needing no training. Anything we decide to take up, results in a thing of Beauty. I myself, have had no training in anything, but with my intention alone, and an uncompromising sense of perfection, have become ''talented'' in some of the arts, namely gardening, floral design, clothing design, jewelry making, cooking, raw food creations, home decor and design, creating sanctuary and magical spaces. I have yet more talents to discover.
But Alas, I am no longer the truest essence of what we once were of those Magical Beings but have become mortal and very human, and so in my mortality, there is a loss of the magnanimosity of those Beings. Those of us with Faerie blood follow music only we can hear. Yet I have retained memories and some small talents, which beg to be released from their ancient legends and to come to life once again! And so I will venture deep into the cauldron of my soul to rebirth the Great Beauty of the Ancients !
I will use this space to share my memories, creations, inspirations, dreams...... and play from the imagination where Goddess dwells and post pictures for your viewing pleasure.

Welcome to my Glade ! 

She who walks in two worlds.
The Lady of the Woods