The Cauldron Stirs

Some of us live for this.

Fall.
So easy to breathe its name,
for the very word conjures up leaves of amber and ruby.
Crisp air. 
Fragrant herbs. 
Foxy coats and boots. 
And of course, the national orgasm that is pumpkin spice.

But then,
there are those of us that conjure something else entirely...

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As the veil between the worlds becomes thinner, spells are cast. Rituals heighten. The Season of the Witch is fleeting, but potent. 

You, my darling Beasties, can join the party with a simple Kitchen Witch concoction that will strengthen you for the coming seasonal shifts, both in body and in spirit.

Let's get the fires burning and the cauldron bubbling, shall we?

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I've brewed a most bewitching recipe for you: one so simple, you would swear on your Bastet statue that it had appeared out of thin air...

Autumn Spirit Soup

*please use all organic ingredients

  • 3 sweet potatoes
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 small apple (Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, and other cidery apples work best)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 3 small cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • extra virgin olive oil, first cold pressing if possible
  • pure water
  • Celtic salt
  • fresh ground pepper

First, chop your garlic. Turn your flame on low, and in a large pot swirl a bit of olive oil. Allow it to heat - it's ready when you place your hand above the pot, and can feel the warmth. Now toss in your garlic, and let it cook gently until it just turns translucent, releasing it's sensual aroma. While it gets going, chop your vegetables and apple. When the garlic is ready, toss them in, and give it a good stir to coat everything. Let them all mingle a bit, then pour in just enough water to cover everything.

Bring the cauldron to a boil, then lower the flame and simmer until everything is tender. Put out the fire and allow the soup to cool. Ladle into a high speed blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour the mixture back into the pot, add the lemon, cumin, salt and pepper to taste. You're done!

As you are concocting, visualize you and whomever you are serving the soup to as very strong and healthy, full of vitality and energy to meet the season. Really feel it. Guiding you here are some very powerful friends. Carrots are loaded with intense amounts of vitamin A, which builds cells and strengthens your immune system. They are also full of disease fighting antioxidants, and, magickally speaking, create desire for sexual contact. They are ruled by fire, and thus can ignite your inner fires, particularly in the boudoir.  (I am picturing all my readers frantically going out to buy carrots, crunching them madly on the way home!)

Sweet potato is ruled by Venus, and you know what that means. Yes, my Darlings, more sex. And love!  These frisky tubers also give us plenty more vitamin A, a shot of vitamin C, lots of B vitamins, fiber, and beautifying minerals, for more vibrant health on the inside, and glowing radiance on the outside. 

Our goddess of love also rules the apple, long entwined with divinity throughout the ages. Apples are also very high in antioxidants, vitamin C, B vitamins and minerals, making them nutritional powerhouses as well as beauty food and high-vibration magickal friends. The smell of fresh apples alone was believed to boost low physical strength as well as ensure longevity. 

Lunar lemon provides another burst of vitamin C, as well as lending detoxifying properties to the mix. Lemon is associated with love, happiness, and purification, and was traditionally used to bring light indoors during the darker months. Fiery garlic gives protection and good health, and is loaded with natural immune boosters. Celtic salt not only detoxifies, but also contains all 92 beneficial live elements found in seawater. (Confused about salt? Read more here.) Peaceful cumin was believed to be favored by the Egyptian gods, and was offered in massive quantities to ensure happiness. And last, but never least, lovely black pepper purifies and protects. 

All in all, a most delicious way to fortify your body, ignite your love life, and look gorgeous while doing so!

To your health, Beasties.

As for me,
well,
I've got many more spells to cast...

xxx Alise

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Have Love, Will Travel

As I amp up for a trip across the pond, I can't shake that Sonics classic from my head.

I'm heading over to Brighton to speak at Vegfest UK, a bustling and bountiful gathering that hits several cities each year, filled with glorious vegan everything...a compassion-fest brimming with ideas that have become action, with lovely souls spinning straw dreams into golden reality, and spreading the beauty around like dandelion fuzz. I can-not wait!

And love has indeed been the motivator.

Love for the Earth and all her creatures,
love extended to fellow humans by way of sharing knowledge,
the love of my life who travels with me,
and our loves who guard the Lair while we are away.

So, meantime, back at The Inner Sanctum, I prepare...

Oh, so many vegan-chic getups to choose from! And so little room in my valise...

Whoever said shoes had to be leather to be sexy?

And speaking of sexy...

Sheer and lacy secrets have their own special vintage travel case!

And now, I am on my way.

I'll be home soon, with tales of many adventures, ready to delve horns-first into some very intense book-writing, and figuring out a shoot schedule for a new season of LUNA VITA. You know me, I'd wayyyy rather skip the sitting down in front of the laptop for hours on end in favor of some electrically charged on-camera time, but, sometimes a gal has to hunker down and...*heaving sigh*...get focused.

(And, as you know, the thought of too much seriousness makes me slightly cranky, so I'm going back into my candy-coloured closet to play for a while longer.)

So I bid you adieu, just for now,

with a peachy ripe kiss,

and a few saucy tips

for when your own wild heart takes you places...

xxx Alise

You Give Me Fever

Driving through the winding roads this morning

I rode a sharp turn

and beheld a most mystical sight:

White, flickering clouds

that danced the mountaintop

breathtaking in their undulations

like fierce flames

yet not foreboding,

not a warning to heed

but rather an invitation

like veils dancing in the wind

a reminder

stirring the awakening fires

"Time for action, " they whispered.

I wish I had captured it,

but like all magic,

it wasn't meant to be held.

Yes, my Beasties,

Spring has sprung.

Have we?

I want to give you a sexy gift.

A rising volcano inside,

ready to burst with all the secret plans we've made

under Winter's white cloak.

The passion is ignited,

the candle lit.

Feed your fire...

Chai Love You Cakes

  • 2 C raw cashews, soaked overnight, drained and rinsed
  • 1 C dates
  • 1 large organic apple (Pink Ladies work so well), finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp garam masala
  • 1 Tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla or 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 Tbsp raw coconut nectar
  • 1 pinch ground chili or cayenne pepper

Darlings, you can usually get the garam masala, which is a divine Indian spice mixture, at your health food store in bulk. If not, McCormack actually makes a version, though I doubt it's organic. If you have an Indian grocery near, you're a lucky soul! And then there are always online exotic spice merchants...

As with so many of these amazing raw food recipes, all you really need to do here is pulse your ingredients (minus the apple) in your food processor until the mixture clings to the center and looks dough-like. Then scoop it into a bowl, and add your apple. Save some for the topping! Press it all into a brownie pan, adding the apple on top and pressing down with your sweet paws so they anchor in there.

Score into 12 cakes, and pop it into the freezer for about an hour. Take the pan out, lift the cakes with a spatula, and nibble away! Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

Let the spices rev you! And let all those powerful nutrients and living enzymes give you the momentum you need to make your plans REAL.

Put your pirate ships out into the river, Fierce Ones, and see which return to you bearing jewels...

Spring has got your back,

and so do I.

xxx Alise

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The Spiral Staircase

When I stepped outside this morning, 

I looked up at the frosted glass sky

and something caught my eye

I thought it was a bird, but

it was a leaf,

A perfect crunchy crisp orange leaf turning to brown.

It was spiraling slowly down, in a graceful dance,

released from a majestic Maple,

and I stood there mesmerized by it.

The spiraling.

The sky was incredible, too.

Veiled with clouds, alive with mist

the air somewhere between mild and chilled

all the shades of grey making the remains of the autumn leaves on the ground,

the colors, 

even what was left of the green grasses all the more vibrant.

Such a strange and beautiful sight dappled among the first January frost.

I didn't even pause to take a picture of it for you,

because sometimes you lose the moment that way...

The imagery of the spiral is everywhere, if you are willing to look.

It carries with it ancient wisdom of the outer conciousness leading to the inner soul: the path leading from the ego into enlightenment. 

Evolution.

Divine union with cosmic energies.

I see taking care of ourselves as a spiral journey. We usually begin from a place of vanity, and gradually find our way inward, to healing and supporting what cannot always be seen, but has a profound effect on the whole, and, yes, the exterior.

You've heard me say many times, "beauty begins on the inside." 

Truth.

It begins with giving, love, and compassion from our hearts, and extends to how we experience nourishment. When we feed ourselves from a place of kindness, both for ourselves and for the planet, baby, it shows.

Which brings me back to my wish for you to indulge in the beauty of living, loving, radiant raw plant foods, even as the sky turns somber, and the air boldly ventures towards glacial. I gave you a few basic tips in my last entry, but you know me...I like to keep things interesting.

And so, I have a very seductive ladyfriend I want to introduce you to:

Who says kitchen appliances aren't sexy?

Who says kitchen appliances aren't sexy?

This alluring hourglass is known by her street name: The Spiralizer. And, Beasties, she packs a wallop. There are enormous, weighty, stupid-expensive versions of her out there that will take up all of your counter space, and theoretically work better, but I prefer the feel of this lightweight, packable vixen right in my hands.

Her magic? She creates noodles out of vegetables!

That's right, my Loves, you can enjoy all your fave sauces with a light and nutritionally dense "pasta", keeping it raw and real. 

I conjured this for you as a gorgeous cold-weather raw dish, satisfying and sensuous, deeply flavored and easy on your beautiful belly.

Try it.

Wanton Walnut Pesto Noodles

  • 2-3 large organic carrots
  • 2 large organic beets
  • 1 large organic zucchini
  • 2 C fresh organic cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 C walnuts, soaked for 2 hours, drained and rinsed
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 C olive oil, extra virgin and cold pressed
  •  A pinch Celtic salt, plus more to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)

The fist thing you must know is that you can find a spiralizer in in kitchen shop, or online.

The second, that you can use a variety of vegetables here. I've chosen the ones easiest to spiralize, but you can omit anything you don't like, and get playful, won't you? Try different combinations with different sauces, get creative with seasonal veggies...I love the colors here for shaking up a dreary day.

The mistake often made is making the noodles and plopping them right into the sauce, which makes them too crunchy. You won't make that foible, of course. You're going to rinse the veggies first,  and lop off the inedible ends. Then, if needed, cut them down so they are slim enough to put through the spiralizer. The zucchini and carrot will be fine as is, but you may need to trim the beets a little. You just take the vegetable in one hand, the spiralizer in the other, start at the top, and twist. (See how it works? Yes! That's it!) You will have little conical bits left at the end that can be chopped up and added to salads, or into a juice shake.

So now, when you have a bowl full of stunningly pretty noodles, sprinkle them with a pinch of Celtic salt, and let them sit in a colander in the sink for about a half hour. This is the trick to making them soft and pasta-y. 

While they're relaxing, just toss all the remaining ingredients except the additional salt and pepper into a food processor, and pulse until it gets creamy and mostly smooth. Now ease it onto the noodles, a little at a time, tossing with tongs to really get the sauce in there. Don't drown the noodles with the sauce, Lovers. Just use enough to coat them, and save the rest. You can always make another noodle batch in a day or two, or use it as a pesto-ish spread on gluten-free bruchetta. Add a few grinds of fresh pepper, a tiny pinch of salt only if needed (taste it first!), and a dash of cayenne if you desire some heat. 

Now you're ready to plate and...devour!

Vitamins, minerals, macro-nutrients...they're all there, as always, my Darlings, for you, transformed into a luscious and libidinous feast, bringing magick into the body, and radiating outward...

I love you.

xxx Alise

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Rockstar Ingredients: Watermelon

Watermelon gets dismissed so easily as sugary kid stuff.

But it’s not. 

If I were a watermelon, quite frankly, I’d be offended.

“Nice melons, Mamacita!”

Well, yes, thank you...but let’s raise our eyes slightly above the neckline to gaze upon this most magical offering, shall we?

Watermelon is, well, water. It’s actually 92% water. 
Hydration, my Beasties. 
The body craves it. Skin drinks it in.
Beauty from the inside out, no?
Besides that, it’s quite literally drenched in nutrients. Not in the least, blessed antioxidants and amino acids, but also impressive levels of vitamins A, C, and even B6! Bite into that.

Why do we care about antioxidants? Lovers, antioxidants are Goddess-sent warriors.
Listen to me: they keep you well, inside and out. Health-wise, they fight cancer. All kinds. 
Beauty-wise, they conquer the free-radicals that ravage your precious skin. 

Watermelon also rides high on amino acids, which are absolutely essential to beauty and wellness. Think of them as Aphrodite’s pearls dancing inside us, building the immune and central nervous system, and metabolizing fat, all while supplying vital nutrients to nourish skin, hair, and nails from within by strengthening connective tissue.

Toss in lycopene and potassium, and what on earth are you waiting for?

Ahhh...the magical part...yes...

The lunar-ruled watermelon has her origins in Africa. The ancient Egyptians would mix the juice of the watermelon, prized by the god Set, with wine to heal illness, particularly in cases where the sick person was believed to be under the influence of a dark energy. It made it's way across the world to Hawaii, where the watermelon was rolled through the front door to help guide a deceased person with ease into their next life.
Best of all, watermelon is sacred to the sea goddess Yemaya. And she's the cat's meow. 

So, then, with ripe organic beauties still out there in droves,
do I have to shout?

(I abhor shouting.
I’d much rather whisper in your ear.)

“Dive in, Sweet ones...”

You can actually see the energetic vibration!

You can actually see the energetic vibration!

Magical Melon Elixir

  • 1 small organic watermelon
  • 1 C organic raspberries
  • 2 organic mint leaves
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • juice of 1 lime

Set a piece of watermelon aside. We're going to have fun with that later. 
Blend the rest together except the lemon oil. Add that in last. Garnish with a few mint leaves, bring a sexy glass out onto the terrace, or under a tree, and sit back to enjoy it while you're flipping through an Italian Vogue, or devouring a juicy read.

The fine art of lounging isn't just for we cats. It's actually a very necessary ritual for all creatures.

The finely-honed skill of doing nothing at all.

Isn't it delicious?

Now, about that bit of watermelon we set aside earlier.
Here's a trick: It becomes a fabulous face mask. 

Just blend it up, and pour it into a bowl. Then, simply dip a fluffy (cruelty-free) foundation brush (or a cotton pad) into the nectar, and swipe it all across a freshly cleansed face. Don't forget to apply it gently around your eyes, both underneath and on the brow bone, and to your neck and décolleté. 
Let it dry for about 20 minutes or so, then rinse with cool water. 

Now a spray of rosewater, a dollop of moisturizer, and you're ready to knock someone's socks off!
(Or pants.)

This little facial leaves you with a toned, hydrated, fresh-looking visage.
Your skin will love it!

To your health, Darlings,
xxx Alise

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The Moon, The Goat, and The Flowers

Happy Chinese New Year!

The Year of The Goat. 

Fantastic.

My beloved friend, Mario, not really digging the idea of leaving his house this Winter. I hear ya, baby.

My beloved friend, Mario, not really digging the idea of leaving his house this Winter. I hear ya, baby.

The story goes that Buddha invited all animals to join him on the Lunar New Year, but only twelve showed. Can you imagine? I can only guess that they were off doing very amazing things to miss such an auspicious gathering. So he named a year for every animal present, bestowing the characteristics of that animal, with its corresponding element, on each year. 

2015 comes sweeping in as the Year of The Wood Goat (also Sheep and Ram), and with it the promise of positive emotions and steamy erotic encounters. Mmmmm! 

We can also look forward to a peaceful home environment, a more laid-back vibe between people around us, and...are you ready?

Soaring,

Sparkling,

Enchanted

CREATIVITY!

No matter what art form you choose, if it comes from down deep and makes your butterfly heart sing, it's got Lunar-powered success written all over it.

See? It's happening! GO. FOR. IT. RIGHT. NOW. 

Well, ok, so he ventures out to see little ol' me... I LOVE this guy.

Well, ok, so he ventures out to see little ol' me... I LOVE this guy.

As Chinese New Year celebrates wealth, longevity, and happiness, my offering to you, sweet Horned Ones, are delicate, tasty blossoms, filled with love and life, just bursting open with symbolic traditional talismans, and adorned with petals of magical significance...

This vibrant and very pretty dish can be eaten as an appetizer for a party, or as a full meal for two - with a raw salad first, of course, for easy digestion and maximum health and beauty benefits. 

It begins with a dark and delightful black rice. 

Black foods in the ancient Daoist tradition contained the most amount of Jing, or life-force, so whenever possible choose them over their pale counterparts. (It's all about the Jing, Lovers. Trust me on this.) It is said that rice carries the magical gift of wealth, and if, when cooking it, a ring forms around the edge of the pot, the owner will become rich! A purrfectly logical reason to fire that cauldron wayyy up...

Adding fortune's fire to our ritual concocting here are sesame seed, cabbage, ginger, and lettuce. (Lettuce is also always included in Chinese New Year celebrations for prosperity and a fresh start.)

And how about a bit of garlic for good health? Orange and lime for love?

You got it.

Prosperity Flowers

Makes 13 Flowers

  • 4 oz. black or wild rice, organic
  • 1-1/4 C pure water
  • 1 Tbsp raw organic coconut oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 organic red pepper, chopped
  • 1-1/2 C. organic red cabbage, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp organic ground ginger, or 1/4" piece fresh grated
  • 2 Tbsp organic Nama Shoyu (a healthier version of soy sauce, found in health food stores)
  • 1/2 C cilantro, chopped
  • 2 sprigs mint, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 3 drops Lime essential oil
  • 3 drops Wild Orange essential oil

For the Sauce

  • 3/4 C organic Nama Shoyu
  • 2 Tbsp raw coconut nectar
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 drop Lime essential oil
  • 1 drop Wild Orange essential oil

This dish comes together easily, so light and energizing, but don't mistake that for fluffiness in the power department. That holds true for all plant foods, especially when they're raw. So, light your candle, set your intention, and let the energy build...

Boil the water in a small saucepan, then add in the rice. Return it to a boil (remember that "ring around the pot!") , then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover it, and let it cook for 20-30 minutes, until all the liquid is absorbed. 

While the rice is coming into it's own, fire up a large pot slowly, adding in the coconut oil when it's hot, and letting it quietly melt. In goes the chopped garlic, sizzling gently until just translucent and madly fragrant.

There's something indescribably rich about the scent of garlic warming in coconut oil. It's absolutely mouth-watering.

Sprinkle the ginger on top of the garlic, give it a stir, and let it mingle a few minutes. Then add in the cabbage and peppers. Move it all around. Splash in some Shoyu sauce, and give it one more good stir.

While the vegetables cook, whip up your sauce. Whisk together the shoyu and coconut nectar until they are blended. Add in the garlic, red pepper flakes, and oils. Whisk it again, then set it aside. (By the time you're ready to plate, the flavors will be mingled.)

Oh, and toast the sesame seeds. Just warm them in a little pan on the stove until they brown and smell outrageously nutty. Try not to burn them.

When the veggies are cooked to your desired tenderness, remove the pot from the flame. Let it cool somewhat. You want the mixture to be warm going into the lettuce flowers, not hot. Toss in the fresh cilantro and mint (more love and money!), and, finally, the oils. 

Spoon it into the lettuce flowers, and arrange them beautifully on a plate with the sauce. Sprinkle the sesame seeds around like little wishes...

These are so flavorful, fresh-tasting, and yummy you'll want to make them all the time!

To you, Beloved Beasties,

I wish a most energizing New Moon, 

and a Lunar year filled with everything your heart desires.

And goats.

Goats are fabulous.

 

All My Love To You,

xxx Alise

 

 

 

Sowing Your Wild Oats

We have to try a lot of different flavors,

shall we say,

before we settle down with just one.

This One must be very, very special,

deserving of our charms.

I’ve found something exquisite,

and I’m willing to share

with you

my Delectable Ones

It may not look like much at first,

but it delivers, 

trust me.

So much so that I’ve stayed true.

And I am fiercely loyal. (And madly fickle.)

Who is this mysterious stranger, you ask?

Oat Groats.

Uh-huh.

it’s a horrible name, Groats.

Who on earth dreamt that one up?

Unbecoming for something so...satisfying...

Wild, sexy oats, that's what they are.

The bare,

naked,

unabashed version of these:

Steel cut oats. Oh, they’re fine.

In fact, I have some luscious recipes for you in the coming months utilizing these babies.

But for real raw power,

go for the wild ones.

Soaked in creamy almond milk, they remain al dente. Literally, "to the teeth."

It's a lupine experience,

gnawing on them,

in all their feral beauty.

Get in the habit of soaking these overnight in water as often as you can.

They're the absolute best for a mid-morning or afternoon bite. Filling, yet light in your body, they're an incredible mood stabilizer, easily digested, high in beauty minerals (copper, biotin, magnesium, vitamin B), and a good source of protein.

Inherently sweet, they pair well with dried or fresh fruits, nuts, and spices.

My nibble here is a simple blend of wild oats soaked overnight (rinsed and drained), dried unsweetened cranberries, shredded organic coconut, cinnamon, and a splash of homemade almond milk.

Best part? ou can find them in the bulk section of your natural foods store for pennies!


Never settle.

Hold out for the right One.

You'll be glad you did.

Tell 'em I sent you...


Hungry kisses,

xxx Alise

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Luna Cucina: Surviving Your Own Moon Cycle

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This is beautiful.

But what I'm talking about...not so much.

You know what I mean.

That monster that overtakes Ms. Hyde.

That civil war that rages internally.

The black cloud overhead, pressing down on your sweet shoulders, heavy.

(Don’t run fellas. Stay and listen. You might learn something about the ladies you love...)

We all have our own cycles. Men and women. (Of you think men don’t have their hormonal ups and downs, think again).  Where we get messed up is in the bucking of those cycles. We are made to ebb and flow with the earth, the seasons, the stars, and the moon. But we rarely do. In a combination of human arrogance, societal pressure to perform, and a disconnect from nature, and therefore our bodies, we push. We push hard. 

So when we hit that hormonal volcano, we’re screwed. We have to work, go to school, tend to children, carry on with our lives, all with this excruciating condition.

We can't take a day off and we can't fall apart on the job, so how do we get through?

First, give thanks to your beautiful body. 

Thank it for being strong enough to weather these trying times, for its ability to cleanse itself, and most of all, for the creation energy. The life-giving force. This doesn’t always mean making babies. We nurture and birth our art, our work, ideas that begin as tiny little beings, then grow into beautiful energies and tangible gifts we offer to the world.

Next...prepare for battle.

I cannot stress enough how important it is to plan ahead, way before the beast is unleashed.

Here, my sweet loves, is a Survival Guide:

Salt. No way around it, we crave salt like a mofo, don't we?

Simple. Kale chips.

Make a giant batch of these babies well ahead of time. They are super-easy to make, delicious, good for you, and a fraction of the cost of buying them. This version omits the nuts, keeping both calories and costs down. You may want to make more than one batch, 'cause I am telling you, they are addictive.

  • 1  bunch of organic kale
  • 5-6 tablespoons virgin olive oil
  • 4-5 tablespoons gluten free tamari, depending how salty tasting you like them
  • Nutritional yeast. Just pour on top and mix with tongs until leaves are coated. The more you add, the cheesier it will be...mmmm!

Remove stem from kale and place in a bowl. Tear large pieces of kale, as they shrink a bit when baked or dehydrated.
Pour the olive oil on top and mix with tongs until leaves are coated. Add the tamari and mix again. Add nutritional yeast and and mix again. 

If you have a dehydrator, awesome.

Dehydrate 3 or more hours at 105–110 degrees until crispy like a potato chip.

If you don't own one, it's no big deal. I haven't made that existential leap yet, either.

Simply set your oven to the lowest possible temperature. We're trying to keep these raw, so ideally we stay under 118 F. You can crack your oven door open too, that helps. If you get above that temperature, it's okay. They won't be technically raw, but still a hell of a lot healthier than any other salty nibble out there.

Sweet. Yessss. I am going to tell you to eat chocolate. As long as it's from Sacred Chocolate. Raw, vegan, pure, and created with love by the Cacao God himself. (And yes, I do believe he is a God, having created chocolate as an offering to the Goddess. It's the only sensible explanation.)

BUT...there's also something else I want to share with you.

Bananas and walnuts.

Bananas are a PMS superfood. Fact. Loaded with potassium, zinc, iron, folic acid, calcium, vitamin B6 and fiber, they have been called nature's perfect food. They may also be a perfect food for menstrual health. Bananas help relieve digestive problems, and replenish nutrients lost during our cycles. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood majorly.  If that weren't enough, bananas are rich in iron, which produces seratonin, which regulates mood. 

Now pair that with walnuts, which are anti-inflammatory, and full of manganese, which helps to alleviate PMS symptoms...and what do you get?

Uh-huh. It is SO damned good...

Bombshell Banana Bread

Wet Ingredients:

  • 3 extra ripe Bananas (mashed)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup Maple Syrup 
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 2 flaxseed “eggs”-(mix 1 Tbsp flax meal + 3 Tbsp. water, let it set about 10 minutes, whisk with fork)
  • 2 dropperfuls vanilla liquid stevia

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 1/4cup all-purpose gf baking flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon organic Cinnamon...at least
  • 1/2 cup of crushed chamomile flowers
  • 1 cup walnut pieces

Preheat the oven to 350 (F)

  1. Grease up a loaf pan w/oilve oil
  2. In a medium-large bowl mix all the wet ingredients well
  3. In a small bowl mix the dry ingredients
  4. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet, mix until most of the lumps are gone
  5. Pour the batter into the loaf pan
  6. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean (the top should be nicely golden)
  7. Allow to cool completely.

You can totally freeze this! Which makes it a teeny bit easier to eat just one slice at a time. Okay, maybe two...

I added in the chamomile for Kitchen Witchery. These delicate flowers have long been used in magical workings for protection and purification, both of which are needed at this time. They also act as a diuretic, eliminating extra fluids from the body. Best of all, their warm scent calms and adds a delicious note to the flavor of the bread.

Spirits.  That's right. I'm going to tell you to indulge in a little brew. Red wine or gin, specifically, which have both been known to alleviate cramps, while relaxing your stressed-out spirit. Red wine contains resveratrol, a polyphenol, which acts as a muscle relaxant. The juniper berries in gin are anti-inflammatory and help to flush fluids from the body. Of course, you could drink juniper tea, but this is much more fun.  Just keep it to a minimum, and you'll feel fine.

Banish The Bloat  A few surefire ways to minimize all that extra fluid: Natural water pills (found in your health food store-only take one per day,) water and chamomile tea, and eating lots of celery. 

Baths Settle into a good hot soak every night, adding some lavender oil and Celtic sea salt. When you emerge, rub your lower abdomen (keep going, lower...) with Clary Sage Oil from ContessaCreate to help alleviate your cramps. Now get some extra sleep, gorgeous. You'll feel better soon.

Mood Stabilizers Supplements that have anti-depressant qualities: Cat's Claw (herb), 5HTP (amino acid), L-Tryptophan (amino acid.) Incidentally, Tryptophan won't  make you sleepy, as the old story goes, usually in relation to Thanksgiving turkey consumption. In fact, it is the food/simple carb overload that makes people pass out on the couch after that holiday dinner.

Fashion Fixes  Have a few go-to get ups for puffy days, like an easy empire or A-line dress paired with great boots, chic little tunics, anything that gives you room to breathe, but still looks sexy and polished. 

Take the time for bright nails, pretty hair, makeup, foxy accessories...and don't forget scent. 

Now...breathe, drop your shoulders, get through the week imagining how hot and amazing you will look and feel when this is over.

Remember to say you're sorry to everyone you've snapped at. 

Be extra sweet. 

(As soon as you're able.)

Much love,

xxx Alise