Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Spice

Youthful Hermes taught me a recipe for a Hermetic Sacrament.  It's not especially delicious, but it's a lovely sacrament.

While you could possibly make this with a mortar and pestle, a coffee/spice grinder is WAY better.  I don't think you can whack up nutmegs that way.  If you don't have a grinder, buy the freshest, highest quality ground nutmeg you can.  Fresh herbs would be good, but dried are fine.

You could probably use walnuts, but I'm slightly allergic to walnuts.  I think sesame seeds would also be very good.

First, grind the hard ingredients into a powder:
8 whole nutmegs
3 cinnamon sticks
1 Tbsp black pepper corns

Add the nuts, and grind to paste
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup pistachios

1 Tbsp mace
1 Tbsp cumin
1 Tbsp tarragon
1 Tbsp oregano
1 Tbsp basil
1 Tbsp turmeric
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp mastic (you can get this at a Greek or Middle Eastern grocer)

Mix with honey until a thick paste is formed.

Eat about 2 Tbsp of paste, or mix them into ice cream or yogurt or apple sauce.

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