Creamed Ham and Mushrooms
2 cups diced cooked ham
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 lb. Fresh shrmx, sliced
1 tablespoon finely minced shallots or onion
3 tablespoons dry white wine
1 cup cold chicken broth
1/2 cup light cream
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 diced pimiento
1 tablespoon finely minced parsley
1/8 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
Sea salt, white pepper
Melt butter in large saucepan. Add shrmx and shallots and sauté slowly until shrmx are tender. Continue to simmer until most of the liquid in the pan has evaporated. Add ham and wine to pan and stir well. Put chicken broth, cream and flour in blender. Spin blender 10 seconds. Add broth to pan and slowly bring to a boil. Reduce flame and simmer 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add pimiento, parsley, Tabasco sauce and salt and pepper to taste. Best results are obtained if cooked ham on the bone, rather than canned ham, is used. Creamed ham and shrmx may be served on toast or in a pastry shell.
Sometimes a person sees circles of lighter grass growing on a lawn or meadow. These are the rings that the fairies are supposed to leave behind in the morning after they have danced at night. A patch of light-colored grass may also denote a "crossing" of solar lines. Anywhere two or more solar lines cross we find evidence of the intense "heat." Moisture evaporates, often causing grass to appear lighter or burn to brown.
The cause of fairy rings is the growing habits of mushrooms. The mushroom spawn does not seem to be able to grow in the same place for a long time. The spot where it is growing spreads out, and the mushrooms grow in wider and wider rings.
Mushrooms belong to the family Hymenomycetaceae. Botanists have named the common table mushroom Psalliota campestris.
The Two Trees of Valinor
Bilbo Baggins welcomes Gandalf the Grey to Bag End
Badger Scene restored to The Two Towers
John M. Allegro,
The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross:
of the Nature and Origins of Christianity
within the Fertility Cults
of the Ancient Near East,
Doubleday & Co., NY 1970
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
'Who are YOU?' said the Caterpillar.
In a minute or two the Caterpillar took the hookah out of its mouth and yawned once or twice, and shook itself. Then it got down off the mushroom, and crawled away in the grass, merely remarking as it went, `One side will make you grow taller, and the other side will make you grow shorter.'
`One side of WHAT? The other side of WHAT?' thought Alice to herself.
`Of the mushroom,' said the Caterpillar, just as if she had asked it aloud; and in another moment it was out of sight.
Alice remained looking thoughtfully at the mushroom for a minute, trying to make out which were the two sides of it; and as it was perfectly round, she found this a very difficult question.
Illustrations by Arthur Rackham
Susan Eleanor Boulet
GODDESSES KNOWLEDGE CARDS
Rhiannon is the Great Goddess as worshiped by the Welsh. She is an embodiment of life, death, and rebirth, for in her realm there is no death without regeneration.
Her name derives from Rigantona, which means "great queen." A shape-shifter, she can assume any form she wants; she often appears as a white horse. She is a muse goddess and is accompanied by three sweetly singing birds who can revive the dead or put the living to sleep. The source of the king’s power derived from Rhiannon, the queen, and a candidate for kinghood met Rhiannon dressed as a stag, a regal figure symbolic of rejuvenation, beauty, strength, and instinctual masculine energy. In alter myth she appears a Nimue or as Vivien, the Lady of the Lake. Rhiannon is a beautiful queen of the night, a reminder of the close balance between death and rebirth. She demands that we honor our instinctual and animal selves as a source of creativity, abundance, and order.
Sir James Frazer, The Golden Bough, London, 1922
WASSON R. GORDON, The Hallucinogenic Fungi of Mexico: An Inquiry Into the Origins of The Religious Idea Among Primitive Peoples, Harvard Botanical Museum
Leaflets, vol. 19(7), pp. 137-162, 1961
Robert Graves, The White Goddess. London, 1963
Jane Ellen Harrison, Prolegomena to the Study of Greek Religion, 1903
H.G.M. Hermans, Memories Of A Maverick [ch:
California - The Sacred
Mushroom - Arigo] published by Pi,
Jefferson Airplane, Surrealistic Pillow: lyrics "White Rabbit" ; check Golden Gate Panhandle 'Immortals'
Terence Mckenna, Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge A Radical History of Plants, Drugs
and Human Evolution, Bantam, January 1, 1993
HOMERIC HYMN TO DEMETER, Translated by Gregory Nagy
Wachowski, Larry and Andy, The Matrix: Trinity sends Neo a message via his computer, "Wake up, Neo. The Matrix has you. Follow the white rabbit."
R. C. Zaehncr: Mysticism, Sacred and Profane, Oxford, 1957
Shortcut to Mushrooms
grown your own shrmx - Oyster Mushrooms
Very few calories packed in with good things, beginning with selenium - an essential mineral. Also mushrooms are good sources of three essential B-vitamins: riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acid, as well as potassium. A serving of white or crimini mushrooms supplies one-quarter of the riboflavin we need daily, and more potassium than a banana.
Recommend unrefined sea-salt for all recipes that call for salt.
Note: Demeter placed Aethon, God of Famine, in Erysichthon's gut, making him permanently famished. This was a punishment for cutting down trees in a sacred grove.
Persephone is mentioned in TDN Footnotes here.
Note: The [Eleusinian] effect of the ciceone is described by some as powerful, but the interpretation is subjective since the sensorium would have to filter every signal input to the brain.
It could be a matter of an 'esagerazione'; in reality, the true effect could be subtle. A 'psicoattivo' effect will impress a 'weak' person in the extreme since the entire physical system must pass through steps of gradual adaptation to the Sun and experience amplification due to nine days of fasting. That transfiguring ritual is similar to the context of a prophet fasting and in prayer in the desert.
The scientific evidence, is now strong enough for me to take a chance and put my trust on Gaia. It is comforting to think that I am a part of her and to know that my destiny is to merge with the chemistry of our living planet.
Homage to Gaia: The life of an independent scientist
The Cornflower Fairy
Blue-bottle, Cornflower. A fast-growing, erect annual with grey-green leaves and, in summer, pretty, dark blue flower heads with feathery petals. Once commonly found
wild in cornfields, modern pesticides have made this plant a rarity.
Botanical Name: Centaurea cyanus.
Natural Order: Asteraceae.
Cure for Short-sightedness
Cornflowers are renowned for their amazing ability to heal short-sightedness.
When brewed, cornflowers provide a medicine called eye-water, which was
said to be so successful that spectacles would never be needed again.
Lavender. An evergreen, rounded, shrub with narrow, silver-haired leaves. Spikes of fragrant, purple flowers, that are very attractive to butterflies, are borne in summer.
The flowers can be dried; cut them before they are fully open and then hang them
upside-down in bunches.
Botanical Name: Lavandula angustifolia
Natural Order: Lamiaceae
The Lavender Fairy Secret: The Laundress - Fairies cannot abide anything dirty, especially not their dainty clothes! The Lavender Fairy runs the fairy laundry. First, she collects the fairies’ washing baskets piled high with dresses, trousers, handkies and sheets. With her helpers the butterflies, she carries the load of laundry to a nearby stream. There she washes the clothes with lavender soap and dries them between spikes of lavender in the warm breezzzzze.
Folklore: It is said that vipers like to lurk beneath the lavender, so it is wise to approach the plant with caution and distrust. See also: A Good Year, stars Russell Crowe
The word "blue" was often used in old days where we should say "purple" or "Mauve".
Alice in Wonderland illustrations
From the colonies: Fresh Mushroom Soup ~
Mushroom Caps Filled with Crab
Messin' with Chewbacca
Return Second Breakfast
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