Does the whole cooking with astrology idea seem tedious? It’s really not, and chances are you’re doing it and don’t even realize it. It’s actually that simple. Have you had any of these things on your shopping list this month?
- Bay leaves
- Limes, lemons, oranges, tangerines
- Orange marmalade
- Olives or olive oil
- Hearts of Palm
- Sesame seeds or oil
- Sunflower seeds
- Tea, especially chamomile tea
If you have, you’ve been shopping for the Sun and Leo. Who’da thunk it? Eaten a brownie lately with walnuts in it? There you go ~ walnuts and Leo!
That shopping list gets even longer when you start dividing all the foods into elemental groups. Leo is a fire sign so let your imagination run wild and see all the ways the Sun and Leo show up on your table. Chilies? You bet! Did you put pepper on your eggs this morning? Fire! Do you like spicey mayonnaise? More fire.
Southern Ambrosia ~ Food of the Gods
Summer’s a great time for cool, refreshing salads, but that doesn’t mean they don’t belong to the Sun King. Here’s a recipe for Ambrosia, a cold orange dish that’s a staple in the South and whose name means “food of the Gods.” True ambrosia requires only peeled orange sections and coconut. Everything else is optional, but it becomes fruit salad if you add too many things. I’m pretty loose when it comes to quantities. Add more of what you like and less or none of what you don’t. Get a big enough bowl to hold it all.
- Juice oranges, such as Valencia or Texas Hamlins, sectioned and cleaned of all the white bitter stuff. I’ve heard there’s a really delicious orange in Florida called Honey Bells, but I’ve never seen them at my grocery store. Lucky Floridians.
- Sweetened coconut, flaked or shredded
- Pineapple, fresh or canned, cut into chunks
- Marachino cherries, add great red color and sweetness
- Chopped walnuts or pecans
- Cointreau or Grand Marnier
- Baby marshmallows
- Whipped cream ~ some folks add it directly to the salad, but it will tend to spoil the pot unless eaten immediately. I prefer it on the side.
This will keep several days in your refrigerator and packs you with lots of Vitamin C, the sun vitamin. A lovely way to eat cool fire.
If you’d prefer your Leo in a cocktail, Gwen at Intoxicated Zodiac has cocktail recipes for every sign. Lady Marmalade is one of her most popular Leo recipes. She has allowed me to share it with you. She blends her knowledge of astrology, color, and mixology with a great sense of humor and insight. Thanks, Gwen.
From Gwen at The Intoxicated Zodiac
LADY MARMALADE is one of my all time fave songs known best for it’s naughty, aggressive and oversexed lyrics (especially for it’s time). “voulez-vous coucher avec moi c’est soir?” or in english, “would you make love to me tonight?” well, wouldn’t you know–the color orange also symbolizes pleasure, as in unquenchable lust. considering leo is essentially a big ball of orange fur, i’m thinking this pussy cat’s pretty good in the sack. am i right leo?
1 oz scotch
1 1/2 tbsp marmalade
1 oz honey syrup
1 oz fresh lemon juice
stir exceedingly well, or shake vigorously over ice. strain into ice packed-lowball glass.
***honey syrup: 1 c water, 1/2 c honey. heat on stove until dissolved (should be a few minutes on simmer). add splash of vodka and store in fridge.
Here’s Christina Aguilera, Mya, Pink, Lil Kim, and Missy Elliot performing Lady Marmalade, first made famous by the amazing Pointer Sisters. It’s hot and spicey, so hold on to your hats.