Pagan Blog Project 2014 – B for Brewing

I’m still a little behind with the Pagan Blog Project , but I’m trying to catch up.  Today’s topic is BREWING.

Brewing is a favourite hobby of mine, and I feel that it relates to my path because I am taking the substance of the earth, and turning it into a euphoric drink, which I then in turn – drink with, cook with, return back to the earth in the form of offering, and which I gift to friends (who are also of the earth).

While I have yet to try beer-making, I have made mead, dandelion wine, port and cider (both of which are in the process of being made as we speak).

According to Wikipedia, archaeological evidence suggests that brewing has been around for over 9000 years (over 9000.  I thought it too.)  That’s 9000 years of taking a sugar (be it honey, fruit, dextrose, or sucrose), letting it sit in water in a jug, and leaving it be, up to the fates of the wild yeasts that float around in the atmosphere, and then coming back to it sometime later and finding a product which is drastically different, and positively intoxicating.

It’s only natural that one would want to repeat the process, and give thanks to the gods, who took their pot of honey, and turned it into nectar.

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(from last summer)

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Pagan Blog Project 2014 – B for Brewing

Food: Flourless Blender Pancakes with Blueberries

Okay, I’ll admit it.  I forgot entirely about this website.  But if you’ll notice, I’ve changed how it looks, and I’ve got (hopefully) big plans for it in the upcoming year.  As I drift further and further into winter – and yes, it’s still very much winter where I now live – I drift further and further away from the earth, and into the time-sink that is known as my new 9-5 job.  Sitting down here, sipping on some lemonade to remind me of sunnier days (well, it’s SUNNY, it’s just not WARM), I am reminded of the little things that float through my life like dust motes in the air.  

Little, important dust motes.

So look for some big changes in the upcoming future, and in the meantime, get your witchy self into the kitchen, pull out that big ol’ blender (or in my case, your Magic Bullet), and delight in this little recipe I found on the world wide web.

Magic Bullet.  Get it?

Flourless Blender Pancakes with Blueberries, adapted from Gluten Free Blondie

Ingredients (serves 1)
1 ripe banana

2 egg whites
1/3 cup oats
1 tbsp apple sauce
1 tsp ground flax seed (optional)
splash of vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
dash nutmeg
frozen wild blueberries (that I picked last summer)
Instructions
Add banana and egg whites to the blender and blend for about 15 seconds, until they’re completely combined and a little frothy.
Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the blueberries. This includes: oats, apple sauce, flax seed, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Blend for another 10 seconds or so until the ingredients form a consistent batter, and the oats are broken up a bit. (You may need to jostle the blender a few times to make sure nothing gets stuck at the bottom.) Mix in blueberries with a spoon, so the batter gets all over them.*
Place a small, non-stick skillet over medium heat and coat with cooking spray. Once skillet is hot, pour in the pancake batter and, if necessary, evenly spread out the batter with a rubber spatula.
Immediately reduce the heat to low, cover with a lid, and cook for 5 minutes. Once the bottom of the pancake is nicely browned and the top is set, carefully flip the pancake and cook for an additional 30 seconds or so.
Slide the pancake onto a plate, add your favorite toppings and eat!(in my case, heaps of peanut butter, or a drizzle of maple syrup)
*original recipe says to add blueberries in the pan right after you pour the batter…but I found my blueberries stuck to the pan when I did this, even after greasing it, even after using a non-stick pan.
Food: Flourless Blender Pancakes with Blueberries

Musings

Once again, I don’t use this as often as I ought to.

I am out of work on time off right now, but I go back in a little under a week, where I will likely fall off the radar again.  I can’t help it, work has been crazy busy.  I don’t just mean “Oh, I worked a little overtime last week” busy, but rather I have been pulling 11-15 hours a day, 7 days a week, for three weeks straight.  I sleep 6 hours a night IF I’m lucky.

I love what I’m doing, but I’m just knackered, and the internet in camp doesn’t work so well at night.  So I thought I’d play a little catch-up while I can.

Drink of the Day: organic Santa Cruz cranberry delight

Forages of the week: I haven’t much time at home, and nobody takes care of my garden, so it’s gone a bit crazy, but in the last few days, I have harvested raspberries, strawberries, peas, lettuce, rhubarb, and calendula from my garden.  My mugwort will be ready to harvest next month when I’m home, and I can harvest my nettles now, I just have to get my lazy bum out there in proper clothing to do it.  My chives are good to go as well, but I don’t really like them dried, and I’ve been too lazy to go buy ice cube trays to store them frozen.  Maybe before the week is out…

As for actual foraging, today I picked a bunch of saskatoon berries in the local park, and tomorrow I have plans on stealing all the fireweed flowers from the railyard to make jelly.  If I get around to it, I’ve been canning and jamming lately, and I’ve got some recipes to share.  I just need some time to actually sit down at the computer.

Exercise of the week: cycling.

I’ve been trying to get out there on my bike every day that I’ve been home, to make up for the lack of it while I’m away at work, and I’ve done a pretty good job so far.  21km the first day I got home, 28km yesterday (followed by a massage!), and today I took off from cycling in favour of foraging this morning – but I made up for it by going to aquafit class this evening.  Such a workout!  I’m always surprised by how tired I am after just one hour of aquafit.  I can cycle for three before I start to hurt.  Hopefully getting back out there tomorrow, too!

And a little tidbit of exciting news.  I’m going through the process to buy my first vehicle!  It’s a 1994 Ford Aerostar in surprisingly good condition for its age, and I’ve already started making dirty-hippie-campervan plans for it.

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