Fennel – An A to Z Challenge Post

A to Z Challenge Blog: Fennel

F is for Fennel

Fennel - An A to Z Challenge Post

Fennel looks like a mixture between celery and dill, the thick layers of the stem end in thin dill-like leaves, but it taste like neither, more often referred to as “sweet-anise” in flavor. Often used in mediterranean cooking, the base and stems can also be eaten raw.

Matches well with: sausages, cabbage, garlic, figs, potatoes and seafood

Healing properties: a mild appetite suppressant, it is also used to treat asthma, heartburn and high blood pressure. Often included in cough remedies for its ability to aid with respiratory congestion.

Magical properties: often hung at windows and doors to ward off evil. Used in spells for protection and healing.

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Dill – An A To Z Challenge Blog Post

D is for Dill

D is for Dill

Dill - An A to Z Challenge Post

Very popular in Mediterranean and European cuisine, magnifies the flavor intensity of vegetables and chicken, also used in sauces. Dill pickles are, of course, one of the first things, many will  think of when hearing dill, but the herb is actually a much more versatile than that. Do not use in too large quantities, as it has a rather intense flavor and will overpower any other herb or spice you add to your dish.

Matches well with: Fish, cucumbers, yogurt and dairy in general.

Healing properties: can reduce headaches, and aids in the production of breast milk, calms irritability

Magical Properties: money (seeds), protection and luck. Also used in love charms.

Here is a little video on how to make a dill dip for vegetables

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Bay Leaf – An A to Z Challenge Blog Post

B Challenge Post

B – Bay Leaf

A to Z Challenge : Bay Leaf

There are two different types of bay leaves, the more narrow-leaved California, and the broader, more oval shaped Turkish version of the plant, the latter being the stronger one in flavor.

Matches well with: beans, lentils tomatoes, soups, risotto and shellfish

Healing properties: Infusions of this herb  can soothe the stomach, relieve flatulence as well as colic pain.

Magical uses: used  to enhance psychic ability, often added to a dream pillow. Also used in exorcism and for banishing, as well as for getting people out of your life, that you need to let go off.

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Allspice – An A to Z Challenge Post

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Welcome to the A to Z Challenge! This month’s theme is “A Quick A to Z Guide to Herbs And Spices”, in order to celebrate tomorrow’s release of my “Mixing Spices” book!

So without further delay, let’s talk food!

A to Z Challenge - Allspice

A – Allspice:

Even though this spice is known to have a hint of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, this is not a spice blend, but rather the dried unripe berry of a plant called Pimenta dioica.

Matches well with: turnips, sweet potatoes, grains, onions and corned beef. An important ingredient in Jamaican jerk spice blend

Health benefits: anti-inflammatory, anti-flatulent, increases the circulation of the skin and can be added to teas to stimulate appetite.

Magical Attributes: Associated with Mars and Fire. Useful in all healing mixtures. As oil and/or incense, it is often used to attract luck or money

(Disclaimer: The health benefits are for educational and entertainment purposes only. Please consult your health care professional for medical advice)

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Planning The Next Challenge – April’s A to Z Challenge Is Coming Soon!

#MarWritingChallenge is almost over, and it is time to prepare for the A to Z Blogging Challenge, that is held every year here. There is still time to sign up for the Challenge!

In the middle of all of the craziness of getting ready to publish my book, however, I missed yesterday’s Theme reveal, where we were supposed to reveal our theme for the month. Actually, there is no theme required, but I highly recommend that if you interested in participating, that you should pick a theme.

In honor of the release of the new book, and because my head is already filled with an abundance of information on the subject, I decided to dedicate this month to herbs and spices. Here is the official poster for this blogs A to Z Challenge theme:

Herbs and Spices: The A to Z Challenge Theme

At the end of the challenge, I will put that little exercise together into a pdf and give it away to subscribers of this site! (No worries, a subscription option will be added this week, this site is somewhat under construction, but I am working my little fingers off to get it done before the challenge begins).

And do not forget to sign up for next months writing challenge, as we continue to thrive to writing more than 500 words per day – yes, writing on your blog for the A to Z challenge counts for that! Find out more here . Next months leader will be a wonderful lady, to who I will introduce you to shortly. She just released a novel, and it is on the Amazon Bestseller List! Yay!

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Playing With Fire – A Haiku

Haiku: Playing With Fire

burning on my tongue
playing with fire, so much fun
creative pleasure

Copyright Claudia H. Blanton 2015

Speaking of fire and spices, I am happy to announce the pending  release my newest book, “Mixing Herbs – A Flavorful Guide To Creating Awesome Herb And Spice Mixes”, on April 2nd! It will be available on Amazon! Here is a sneak peak at the cover.

Mixing Spices by Claudia H. Blanton