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daily parcels * tied up in string *

daily musings of a vintage addict * I am totally obsessed with all things vintage * trying to keep up with my past...and sometimes ordinary everyday life

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Location: Katoomba, NSW, Australia

here I am in a little cottage that evokes the energies of my ancestral lands - a cottage on the moors of Cornwall, or on the cliff tops of Ireland or Scotland. It has a hearth. I am a hedge witch {of sorts}. I wear upcycled clothes, patchouli oil and Redback boots. I am a gypsy; an eccentric and a mystic [I often live with a foot in two worlds]. I serve my guests, tea from an old silver teapot. I love Vervain, yarrow, chamomile & mint. Star watcher and Moon gazer. story cloth weaver. keeper of family dreams and wishes. good friend and creator of life. herbal tea drinker and potion maker.

Plan ahead and dream of all the beautiful things that life has to offer

February 18, 2006

from my garden

LEMON VERBENA - there is absolutely nothing like the fragrance of lemon verbena leaves. I have a few of these shrubs growing in my garden & yesterday picked a small bunch for my kitchen. I sometimes use it in cooking - I like to line the bottom of a cake pan with the leaves, then pour the mixture over it - it infuses the most delicious lemon through a butter cake. I take the leaves off before icing.

1 cup each of lemon verbena * lemon balm & rosemary - all dried and crushed fine
1 teaspoon each of ground cloves & ground nutmeg
4 drops essential oil of sweet orange
In a glass container, mix all the ingredients, allow to age for two weeks. Fill ingredients into small or medium sized cloth bags - discard when fragrance is gone


Blogger Dawn said...

I look forward to my garden...love the smell of verbena!!!
Have a lovely weekend, dear Robyn.

7:37 am  
Blogger Amy said...

mmm how lovely, this is one herb that I've never used. I think I'll definitely give it a try...

7:40 am  
Blogger Mindy said...

What a wonderful idea to infuse the flavor of the verbena!! I emailed you regarding the seasonal swap...have a lovely day Ms.Robyn!
Hugs to you

10:03 am  
Blogger Nicole said...

I love the smell of fresh lemon. Have you tried peeling citrus in long strips, then cutting the peel thinner with a knife, then drying them out in the oven? You can do this with the whole fruit too... but leave the peel on and make the slices very thin. They look pretty in to dish with seed pods and leaves etc etc. Have a lovely day Ms*Robyn.

10:26 am  
Blogger Peggy said...

I have verbena on one of my many plant and seed orders so can't wait for the plants to arrive early spring... will save the recipe to try later in the summer.

10:57 am  

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