Luna Cucina: Mercury Retrograde

My Loves,

before you start to fret,

back up your hard drive,

and take a breath.

Yes, indeed, our lovely Mercury is about to dance backwards,

shuffling our collective deck,

and dropping the cards all over the floor,

but -

we can hold steady.

We are, after all, Wise Ones, no?

Rather than swirling ourselves into a panic,

hiding beneath the covers,

or lurking through our beautiful October 

in a perpetual state of dread,

let's hold our space, all of us, together.

Let's work some Kitchen Magick,

and conjure up positive energy, 

and, with the Sun in Libra, help us balance

in the form of a delectable nibble.

There's plenty to share.

Let's feed each other...

Peaceful Pistachio Noodles

  • 6 oz. pure buckwheat noodles
  • 1 C organic frozen peas
  • 3/4 C unsalted pistachios
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 large clove garlic, finely chopped
  • Olive oil (organic, first cold pressed if possible)
  • Celtic salt
  • 1/2 C organic flat leaf parsley

Light your candle. Take a deep, slow breath.

Put a pot of water on for the noodles.

As it prepares to boil, spiral some olive oil into a sauté pan on a very low flame. While it's heating, chop most of the pistachios, grinding them into as close to a powder as you can get. The remaining ones can be chopped into small pieces, and set aside. When the oil is just hot, toss in the ground pistachios, and mix into the oil to form sort of a paste. Next, add in the oregano and let it mingle a bit. As you are cooking, visualize a smooth month ahead, with clear communication, and an easy, slower pace. Enjoy the sensuality of the languid energy coming to you. Ask to experience only positive effects of the retrograde, and send that wish to loved ones.

Add in the turmeric and cardamom, and a little more oil if needed, and give it all a gentle stir.

When it's whispering to you, and smelling heavenly, toss in the frozen peas. Work them around in the spice mixture until everything is beautifully coated. Keep the flame low.

Your water should be boiling.

Drop in a pinch of salt and a drizzle of oil, as the noodles tend to stick. Drop the noodles in, and keep them moving with a pair of tongs until you're quite sure they aren't going to clump together. (It's cute that they like each other so much, but really...)

When the noodles are soft - about eight minutes - drain them and let them join the party in the sauté pan!

Toss everyone around, getting spicy and fabulous, and let them warm for a few minutes while you chop the garlic and the parsley (if you haven't done so already.) Add a nice pinch of Celtic salt, and give it a taste to adjust your seasonings. Top it all with the garlic, parsley, and the reserved pistachios you chopped earlier.

Now choose a beautiful plate. Plates traditionally symbolize the Sun, so here we are honoring the balance of Libra once again, as with the buckwheat. You can, by the way, use the buckwheat grain instead if you can't find the noodles, but it's worth the hunt to have them in your life, trust.

I chose a peacock plate, for the wise vision and watchfulness that they represent.

And for their breathtaking beauty.

Savor every bite, my sweet Beasties,

it's all in how you see it, no?

And in how you choose to react...or not.

My love and good vibes to you,

always,

xxx Alise