Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Here's How To... Make a Dream Pillow.

Dream pillows are used to promote restful sleep and pleasant dreams. They are small and flat, placed in a standard pillow, and stuffed with a sachet of calming and sleep-inducing dried herbs. As the sleeper sleeps, movements of the head will gently crush the herbs to release delightful scents and please the senses throughout the night.

Such dream pillows have been used for centuries.  George Washington reportedly used one filled with hops, which have a decidedly sedative effect.

Follow the link to... Make a Dream Pillow.

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Artwork: Herbal Dream Sachet.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Recipe Archive: Salmon with Spiced Red Lentils and Bacon.

Salmon with Spiced Red Lentils and Bacon.
Cooking Slow: Recipes for Slowing Down and Cooking More, by Andrew Schloss.

This is a heady, aromatic, elegant one-pot meal. A rainbow of spices elevates this homey dish to a sure thing for a splash at a dinner party—and stirring them together may be the most labor-intensive part of the simple slow-cooking method.

1. To make the spice rub: In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients:

2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt

full recipe at

Recipes for Slowing Down and Cooking More
by Andrew Schloss
Chronicle Books, 2013
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