Celebrating the Multicultural festivities of December, I thought I would pick an herb or spice which is referenced in the Bible (land of three of the Major Religions of the world) and used in many cuisines around the entire world, as a way of gathering together all the wealth of diversity around us - in true celebration.
|My Syrian Oregano in July - with Bee!|
My 'yule log' "recipe" - this is a fun project using all edible herbs and spices for decoration and aroma. You can make the log exactly as described or use your own special herbs, edible plants, fruits and flowers - just be sure if you are going to actually burn it (it makes a lovely centerpiece) that all components are perfectly dry before lighting or it will smoke. Pictured are the ingredients I chose from my garden, some wrapping paper, paper ribbon, some of the last of my Roselles, lavender, myrtle, rosemary, orand and grapefruit peeo, and bay leaf, I also gathered some cloves to tuck in here and there and elmer's glue. I am so not creative, but I think this turned out nice. It will dry nicely and be ready to light in a week or so.
--1 piece of log wood with bark, cut to fit your fireplace, chiminea or fire pit (the knurlier the better) - use hardwood for fireplace or concrete/metal fire pit; use softwood for chiminea (this is important hardwood will get so hot it can crack your terra cotta chiminea).
--Peel of 2 oranges, cut in strips, small pieces or spirals
--Elmer's (or other white) glue (not cement, hot glue or like – will create toxic fumes)
--Sprigs of rosemary, lavender, oregano, thyme, sage or any aromatic herb
--Any combination of whole spices: allspice, star anise, cloves, cinnamon sticks
--1 Bow (or you can arrange orange peel in the form of a bow before drying) you can use strips of Christmas paper to make a bow or bows. The paper ribbon which can be twisted using a sharp blade are pretty also.
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Garden more successfully in the Desert with my month-by-month planting calendar.
-- Catherine, The Herb Lady
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