Saturday, January 16, 2010

Garlic as an Herbal Aphrodisiac

Do you know a pregnant woman bothered by jealous nymphs? Recommend garlic.

From Aphrodisiac to medical antiseptic to an aid to increase sperm count, garlic has had many medicinal uses throughout history. The pungent herb has a surprising history associated with lovemaking.

The word garlic comes from "spear," and the shape of the plant shows a phallic connection. Maybe this is why in some places of the world a groom would wear a flower of the garlic plant to enhance the chance of a successful and romantic night with his new bride.

The volatile oil in the raw clove has an antibiotic effect. In fact it was used during WWI to treat wounded soldiers. The Russian army used in during WWII when they ran out of penicillin. But even before that the early Greeks helped troops build up their courage with a garlic tonic, and treated battlefield wounds with garlic antiseptic. Perhaps garlic is reason why so many woman have always been attracted to man in uniform.

Garlic is well known to protect against vampires, but I never thought of the smelly cloves as a love potion.

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Do you know of other herbal phhrodisiacs? Leave a comment with info so we can prepare our Valentines Day love potions.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Cheezy Herb Wedges Recipe

On cold blustery winter days I love home made soup. I like to have a big pot of it and I freeze cooled portions in freezer bags so I can have it when I please.

A perfect companion to homemade soup is homemade bread or rolls. But who has the time to bake homemade bread? Luckily, I found this recipe that is based on Bisquick. It doesn't have to rise, so prep time is just minutes, and it bakes up in another 25. By the time you fix a cup of herbal tea and warm up the soup, the whole house smells good and you know it's time to eat.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
grease a round 8" cake pan

In a medium bowl, mix:
  • 1 slightly beaten egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup wine (sauterne)

  • 2 t. dried minced onion
  • 2 cups Bisquick
  • 1 T. sugar
  • 1/2 t. dried dill
  • 1/2 t. oregano
  • 1/2 t. basil
Beat the mixture until blended.
Pour into the greased cake pan.
Sprinkle 1/3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (I like the extra sharp) over the mixture and bake for about 25 minutes. Serve with butter.

If any of the bread is left over, which I doubt, toast it, cube it and use it in salads.

What are your favorite herbs to add to bread? Do you make herb butter for bread? Please share.

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