Tarot Recipe: ACE OF SWORDS MIND-SHARPENING CRUSTLESS MINI-QUICHE

Swords For Breakfast

They tell us that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I have to wonder if they didn’t really mean coffee. Still, I do know that it’s been proven we are mentally sharper with some food in our belly. So we should all be making yummy morning meals before starting our days.

Like we have all the time in the world, oh arbitrators of what we should eat in the morning!! Like we have all the time in the world.

I don’t know about you, but my mornings are more like a battle to get the dogs walked, the cat fed, my husband fed with lunch in hand, my teeth brushed and my keys found with enough time left over to also get dressed and fight traffic so I can be at work thirty seconds before I have to clock in. (Wellll, this was when I was working a corporate job. Now I am working full-time as a psychic medium, but I still have to do all the things!)

You?

Yeah, so about that most important meal of the day? It’s either an expensive drive-through meal or nothing. So how do we solve that conundrum?

Me? I make these tasty mini-quiches (and they are crustless so you can skip the gluten if you like). They freeze very well. I can pop two in the microwave then grab some berries to eat with them on my way to work.

The Tarot card that works with this recipe is the Ace of Swords. Not only is it a card about mental freshness, clean thinking, and an active mind, but it is also a good card for a recipe that does require quite a bit of chopping. We all know you must stay alert when using sharp objects.

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ACE OF SWORDS MIND-SHARPENING CRUSTLESS MINI-QUICHE

  • 14 eggs
  • 1 lb of spinach
  • 4 slices of turkey (large slices from deli) probably around 1/2 a cup or so
  • 8oz of sliced swiss cheese
  • pint of milk
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • green onions
  • 2 Serrano peppers
  • 12 grape tomatoes

This is all by taste and guesstimation. I didn’t measure anything.

Preheat oven to 375.

I used this brownie pan because I like the square shape. Easier to stack in the freezer. Everything I’ve ever cooked in this pan has come out so easy. I love it! This mix makes enough for about 18 quiches.

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Break all the eggs into a large mixing bowl. I used this one because I love the ability to see the measurements so easily. TIP! If you get shells in the mix, wet your finger before going fishing. 😀

Add a cup of milk. Add salt/pepper. I probably used a tablespoon of pepper and salt (Himalayan to be specific). Whisk and set aside.

I used my manual food processor to dice the onions, peppers, and tomatoes up. This way I didn’t have to worry about getting pepper juice in my eyes. And it’s super fast. I must admit to using it more than the big, bulky processor that I have to plug in after I’ve dug it out. And track down the blades. This little one is perfect for me because it doesn’t take all the effort. The chopping does count as swords since there are blades!

I rinsed the spinach and chopped off the stem. Then I rough-cut the spinach with a Santoku blade. I sauteed it in olive oil (about 2 TBS and I used garlic-jalapeno olive oil). I cut it more in the pan after it cooked down. P.S. I use a local brand garlic-jalapeno oil…you can search locally too.

Add the veggies (including the spinach) to the eggs mix and whisk some more.

Chop the cheese and meat into small pieces (I was going for very small because I like it better when it’s mixed all through the quiche.) Add to egg mixture.

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Spoon egg mixture into pan. If you don’t mind a bit of mess, fill them all the way. If you prefer them to cook without overflow, fill them to about 1/8 of an inch from the lip.

Now this is the tricky part. I would cook them for about 13 minutes then check them. You want them a bit brown on the top and just about set. There can be a bit of shake but not a lot.

Let them cool for five minutes in the pan on a wire rack. Then remove from pan. Let them cool completely on the wire rack if you are planning on freezing them.

Or serve them with fresh fruit. You can put some salsa out if you like but these are quite spicy with the two Serrano peppers. If you aren’t a spicy fan, substitute a bell pepper for these. Make sure you core that bell pepper before you chop it.

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Let the magic of the Ace of Swords get you started in the morning. See how much better you do at your day.

Did you enjoy this recipe? Check out my Tarot&Food Index to see other recipes. I’ve been at this for a few years. I love to cook. I love Tarot. It seemed like a natural combination.

Ace of Swords, Faerie Tarot,(aff link) U.S. Games Systems Inc. Used with permission. No further rights given.

Mabon Tarot Blog Hop: Characters and Sacred Cooking

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We have the lovely Boglárka Kiss of Vadrózsa Tarot to thank for this hop’s theme. Her co-wrangler is Jay Cassell. Here is what she’s asked us to blog about today.

Choose a character – or two or three – from your favorite Tarot deck (it can be a Major or Minor Arcana character), and try to find out what they would cook at Harvest Home so as to give their best to others so that Light should become a blessing in all of us.
Share with us a special – sacred – method of cooking or preparing a dish – it can also be a cooking ritual –, or think of a recipe that contains sacred and consecrated elements so that they can give their best to us.

This theme made me very happy since I love to cook. Recently we had a sale at a local grocery for brisket at 1.87 a lb. which is super cheap. My husband and I both adore brisket. There was only one tiny little problem.

I didn’t know how to make brisket. I knew how to eat it–hells to the yeah, did I know how to eat it. I actually once asked someone to marry me because of their brisket. They shook their head no but did give me more meat. But cook it? Yikes! I knew there was something about slow temps and long cooking times, but that was the extent of it.

So I did what any self-respecting cook would do. I asked my friends. Man, did they put out. I used one my sister sent me but I misread it so I ended up marinating it for two days instead of one. It came out really nicely.

Then, as I usually do, I decided to go off-book for the next one. I bought this based on the name alone. Covered the brisket in it along with some extra garlic. Then  I marinated it in one bottle of Worcestershire sauce, one bottle of liquid smoke, and a bottle of Angry Apple Cider. This was a ten-pound brisket by the way. Then I covered it in foil.

That went in the fridge for 24 hours. Yes, 24 hours. 😀 Pulled it out and drained that first marinade. Added more rub, then put in the same marinade. This time I put it in the oven at 275 degrees for 40 minutes. 40 minutes per pound that is. Which is about 6.66 hours.

And that brings me to the  Tarot part of this post. Now I’ll bet you are thinking that I’m going to call this the Devil’s brisket, but you would be wrong. The Devil already has a recipe speaking of marriage proposals. I actually have a lot of cards and recipes already done. You can see the full index here. No, for this meal I kicked around a few cards with the two front runners being the Emperor (I mean c’mon…10 lbs of meat?) and the Queen of Pentacles.

As I read about the different ways to cook brisket, one thing came up over and over. Many of my friends with Jewish heritage (or Jewish friends) mentioned brisket as a Jewish tradition. And, for me, the Queen of Pentacles is a perfect Jewish mom. She’s caring. She’s traditional. She wants the best for her family and is not afraid to do what it takes to raise them to the standards she thinks necessary. Please note–I’m not Jewish. But the Jewish moms I’ve met have all had this amazingly deep sense of family. So I may be stereotyping but I hope I’m doing it a good way.

The Queen of Pentacle’s Brisket

  • 10-12lb brisket (if you have to have it cut down, do it lengthwise so you get the full brisket from thick to thin)
  • 2 bottles of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 bottles of Liquid Smoke (I recommend Stubb’s if you can find it)
  • 2 bottles of hard apple cider
  • Fiesta Dry Brisket Rub (Or a good mix of cayenne, garlic, salt, pepper and I don’t know what else)
  • Garlic powder
  1. Place in large pan (I use aluminum foil roasters) fat-side up. Cover in dry rub (and extra garlic) and rub it in. Pour 1 bottle of Worcestershire, Liquid Smoke and cider over your brisket making sure it gets on all sides. Cover with foil. Put in fridge for 24 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit (135 Celsius)
  3. Pull out of fridge. DO NOT DISCARD FOIL. Pour off marinade (down the sink, don’t reuse.) Marinade with same three ingredients. Add more rub and garlic.
  4. Cover with foil making sure to tent it.
  5. Place in oven. Set timer for 40 minutes per pound (you do the math.) DO NOT OVERCOOK.

When it is ready, let it sit for a good 15 minutes at least. This allows the juice to spread through the meat. Nothing worse than dried-out brisket.

Serve with love and compassion, just like the lovely Queen of Pentacles.

P.to the S. I am saving this at 12:59pm MST 9/22/17. LOL I’ll come back and add pictures!

 

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What Should Religion Remind Us Of?

So I decided I would share a recipe post. Luckily I have an index of them. I also have an index for my Tarot poetry project. This recipe has a lot of sentimental energy for me. Enjoy!

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For today’s Magic Up Your Blog challenge, our leader, Amethyst, has asked us to recycle an old blog post. This was harder for me than you might think. I am pretty vain about my writing if the truth be told. Writing as Marilu Mann or writing as Arwen, I put a lot of work into things.

So I decided I would share a recipe post. Luckily I have an index of them. I also have an index for my Tarot poetry project. This recipe has a lot of sentimental energy for me. Enjoy!

“Our religion keeps reminding us that we aren’t just will and thoughts. We are also sand and wind and thunder. Rain. The seasons. You learn to respect everything because you are everything.” ~ William Least Heat Moon 1939-

Marilu Johnston Lynch Paschall
Mama

I was blessed with a mother who wasn’t overly religious although she was a faithful woman. She grew up Catholic, then raised my sister and I in the Episcopal faith. She attended the Methodist church with her second husband while beginning her drift back to her childhood faith of Catholicism. She allowed me, albeit regretfully, to leave the Christian path without making it hard on me.

She didn’t like it. I know this. I also know that she wanted me to be happy and secure. So she didn’t make my religious choice a bone of contention. And she certainly could have. She was a strong woman from some very strong women. In my family, the matriarchs have always stood out.

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Chrysalis Tarot

My Mama had a German-Scot Mama and a Scot-Irish Papa. While her mama, my Grannilu, was not someone I remember as a good cook, Mama said there were good cooks in her family. She passed her love of starchy potatoes and stinky cabbage on to me with this dish. It’s one she found later in life.

Like her, I’m a collector or recipes. I even cook some of them. 😀 She made this for me for one of my homecoming meals and I loved it then as I love it now. Even die-hard cabbage haters will fall for this treat!

Because it’s something I closely identify with Mama, I knew this one had to be a Queen (the Empress was already taken, sorry Mama!). The Queen of Cups might seem like the perfect choice but my Mama was a sharp edged Scorpio. She was funny–brilliantly so at times and almost always pointed and sharp insightful humor. I knew her as a widow most of my life (she remarried when I was in my early 20’s).

Her friends were classy, stylish women (when they weren’t being redneck haints). She was a a classy, stylish woman and I adored her. She wasn’t the cookie-baking, soccer mom but she was the take-you-to-the-library, defend-you-tooth-and-nail mom. I’m lucky to have had the time I did with her. So she is the Queen of Swords to me.

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World Spirit Tarot

Queen of Swords Cabbage Au Gratin

1 head cabbage, shredded
4 cups water
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup dry bread crumbs (divided)
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 beaten egg
1-1/2 cup grated cheese (divided)
1-1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 pound bacon

Brown bacon, set aside

Cook cabbage in water 10 minutes. Drain.

Beat egg, cream and seasonings together.

Layer cabbage in casserole pan with egg mixture and remaining ingredients,except bacon. Reserve some of the bread crumbs and cheese for topping.

Place chopped bacon on top of casserole, dot with butter and bake in a preheated 350° F. oven for 30 minutes.

6 servings

Arwen says: Mama didn’t do the bacon and I don’t either. Just a sodium overload!

I hope you will let me know if you try this. I think I’ll make some this week. If you are Catholic, maybe you’d like to light a candle at Mary’s altar for my mama. Her name was Marilu. I’ll light a candle on my own altar. Don’t let religion come between you and those you love. It’s really not worth it. Instead, share a meal and a blessing that you have friends and family who care about you enough to worry about you.

Here’s to all of us. We are blessed to have the ability to choose who we call family. “You learn to respect everything because you are everything.” Thanks to William Least Heat Moon for that.

Today’s affirmation:

Today I understand my self. I accept me for all of who I am, past, present and future. I celebrate the tears, the laughter, the good times, the bad times. I acknowledge how my family forged me. Loved and loving, I love each of you. Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

Decks used:

World Spirit Tarot (OOP) Llewellyn

Chrysalis Tarot, US Games Systems Inc.

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Revisiting: Gravy and Love Letters

Do you ever write yourself love letters? I’m serious. Just consider it for a moment. Who better to tell you how marvelous you are than the person who spends the most time with you. YOU!

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I’m sharing some favorite posts from my Tarot & Food entries.

Revisiting: Gravy and Love Letters

Do you ever write yourself love letters? I’m serious. Just consider it for a moment. Who better to tell you how marvelous you are than the person who spends the most time with you. YOU! more…

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Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on!

Revisiting: Remodeling Arwen

We talked about what it means to “choose love.” I think that this is a part of that. By choosing to cook good foods and to eat good foods, I am choosing love. more…

DarkGoddess_13CupsDay five of my wedding trip…it’s Friday and I’m a married woman.

I’m sharing some favorite posts from my Tarot & Food entries.

Revisiting: Remodeling Arwen

We talked about what it means to “choose love.” I think that this is a part of that. By choosing to cook good foods and to eat good foods, I am choosing love. more…

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Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on!

Revisiting: Squashed Chicken

Do a little jig in the middle of the market because HEY you got such a deal! Accept all the knowing nods from those others who are smart enough to join you at the market

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I’m sharing some favorite posts from my Tarot & Food entries.

Revisiting: Squashed Chicken

Go to the Farmer’s Market and be seduced by the lovely sunny yellowness that is summer squash. Buy some garlic because it’s 2 for a buck! Get three lovely sunny yellow summer squash for a buck. Do a little jig in the middle of the market because HEY you got such a deal! Accept all the knowing nods from those others who are smart enough to join you at the market. more…

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Revisiting: Cabbage, Mama and the Queen of Swords

She wasn’t the cookie-baking, soccer mom but…

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I’m sharing some favorite posts from my Tarot & Food entries.

Revisiting: Cabbage, Mama And the Queen of Swords

She wasn’t the cookie-baking, soccer mom but she was the take-you-to-the-library, defend-you-tooth-and-nail mom. I’m lucky to have had the time I did with her. So she is the Queen of Swords to me. more…

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Queen of Swords, Crystal Visions Tarot, USGames

Revisting: The Devil’s Favorite Food

Now, about that recipe. What would you pair with the Devil? I thought of a sinfully good creme brulee or maybe a syrupy flan. But then it hit me.

DreamingWay_devilDay two of my wedding trip…wonder what we are doing. 😀

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Revisiting: What’s deviling you?

Now, about that recipe. What would you pair with the Devil? I thought of a sinfully good creme brulee or maybe a syrupy flan. But then it hit me. There’s this one thing that I make that I can’t resist eating too much of. I know for a fact that I will not feel good if I overeat. I know for a fact that others will blame me for their overeating of this as well. I can’t help it…more

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Revisiting: Empress + Bread

Revisiting: Empress + Bread

rw_empressThis week I am on my wedding trip. Therefore, I’ve set up repeats of some of my personal favorite posts from my Tarot&Food series.

First up: Why I associate the Empress with baking bread.

So, it’s time to visit the kitchen again. Yesterday I indulged in one of my favorite past times. Y’all know I love to cook. Well one of the most indulgent, decadent things I do is bread. I know–you were expecting chocolate silk pie, right? It’s funny. For as much of a sweet tooth as I have, I don’t bake very many desserts. But I love bread….(read more)

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