Yay! The baby goats arrived safe and sound last weekend. So pleased to introduce you to Luca (pictured above) and Lola:) It's fun to watch Lizzie (their mom) who was born here 2 years ago step into her role as mama. She is attentive, careful and providing wonderful nutrition to her young kids. Feels like spring indeed.
I was reminded once again this past week of the power of seeds as I read, “The Seed Keeper,” by Diane Wilson. The way seeds tell stories of what and who came before us. The way seeds lie and wait and then awaken when the time is right.
It’s seeding time for us. Time to wake up our seeds. To believe that there is life and that plants will grow and a harvest will come.
Do you have any stories about seeds? Do you remember someone in your family that saved seeds?
The Seeds Speak
"We are hungry, but the sleep is upon us.
We are thirsty, but the Mother has instructed us not to wake too early.
We are restless, chafing against this thin membrane,
pushing back against the dark that bids us to lie still,
suspended in a near-death that is not dying.
We hold time in this space, we hold a thread to infinity that reaches to the stars....."
Break up the chocolate and place it in a small bowl along with the cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt. Heat milk with the cardamom pods in a small saucepan until just about boiling. Remove the pan from heat and strain into a small pitcher, removing the cardamom pods. Set the pan aside. You will use it again shortly. Pour about two tablespoons of the hot milk into the bowl of chocolate, and mix to make a paste. Continue adding small quantities of hot milk until the chocolate mixture is mostly homogeneous. Now put all the chocolate and the milk together in the original milk pan, and heat up until it begins to bubble. Reduce the heat and cook for about 2 minutes, until the chocolate begins to thicken. At this point, use your judgement to thicken the chocolate to your desired thickness, understanding that the chocolate will get even thicker as it cools.
Add a ½ ounce of pear liqueur to a one-cup heatproof glass or cup, then add the hot chocolate. Sneak a holiday cookie, or serve with some slices of pear, for dunking.
Makes 2 one-cup portions with a bit extra for top-up.
Recipe and picture from Edible Vancouver
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