Wise Woman Ezine with herbalist Susun Weed
August 2009
Volume 9 Number 8
    Bookmark and Share        

What's Inside Wise Woman Herbal Ezine this Month...


Cooking for Love ...
Nourish Health and Harmony
by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt

Nourish Health and Harmony

Awakening Our Spirituality through Cooking
by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt

200 pages, softbound - $22.95
A heart-centered, warmth-filled guide to the nurturing art of cooking.

Through my many years of experience I have found that meals that nourish health and harmony in the world are created primarily of local and seasonal foods. EDIE ART Local seasonal foods resonate with the rhythmical changes of the environment we live in. They encourage a healthy relationship with nature and life itself. This is traditionally what people all over the world have practiced. It is only recently that we have been able to ship foods around the world.

Secondly I have found that it is important to create a dynamic balance between the varieties of life forces and processes involved in the creation of the foods. When we use roots like carrots in our meal we choose to eat a food that has been created within the cool dark soil and has been influenced primarily by grounding, mineralizing earthly forces. When we use the carrot tops we create a dish with a food that has been created through a rhythmically breathing of expansive and contractive forces and is more connected to the cosmic forces or forces of levity than the root is.

We are accustomed to think of the different substances found in our foods, such as minerals, fats, proteins and carbohydrates as being ‘a thing’, fixed and unchangeable but in reality all kinds of lively processes interact within these substances. These processes and activities are ingested with the food, however they are immediately transformed, and affect us in very various ways. Most of us have had the experience of protein-rich foods affecting us differently than food abundant in carbohydrates.

We have experienced that within the world of protein-rich foods, animal protein is a completely different quality than vegetable protein. Likewise we may sense that animal fats are of different quality and stimulate different processes within us than vegetable oils. We are also familiar with the various types and sources of carbohydrates; honey bringing different qualities than whole grains, for example. Similarly within the world of minerals, we might know that calcium rich foods create effects unlike magnesia rich foods.

The way the food is prepared is equally or perhaps more important than selecting local, seasonal foods, EDIE ART understanding the life forces and processes that brought them into being, and the substances of each food.When we prepare foods using different cooking methods and cutting styles, we bring out different qualities of the dish.

We change form, shapes, and colors of the foods and transform the nutritional elements and value of the dishes. We create a variety of tastes, fragrances, and textures and we make the food we eat attractive and digestible. Take for example an onion, eaten raw it is crisp, pungent and has a cooling nature, whereas, stewed it is sweet, soft and warming.



Herbed Hummus

Hummus is a delicious spread from the Middle East. It is usually prepared with chickpeas and lots of fresh garlic. Other light colored beans can be used for this spread, like navy beans and black-eyed peas. Kombu is added as a flavor enhancer, and as an aid to digestion. Tahini is a paste made of freshly ground raw or roasted sesame seeds.

1 cup chickpeas cleaned, rinsed and soaked for 8 hours
3 cups water
2 inches kombu sea vegetable
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
1/2 cup minced fresh herbs like; rosemary, sage, anise, thyme and marjoram

Drain the beans and discard soaking water. Place chickpeas, water and kombu in a pressure cooker. Bring to a boil and skim off any foam that arises.

Place a lid on the pot and cook beans under pressure for 50 minutes. The chickpeas can be boiled for 3-4 hours in a heavy bottomed pot. Add water from time to time. The beans are done when completely soft.

Discard any remains of kombu, add salt and cook beans for 10 minutes. Drain and reserve the cooking water for soup.

Add oil, tahini and lemon juice to the beans and mash then in a food mill, food processor or by hand with a fork. Include enough cooking liquid so the hummus is smooth and creamy, but firm. While still warm, blend parsley (reserve some for garnish) and fresh minced herbs, evenly, into the chickpeas with a spoon. Chill until ready to serve with the sourdough bread. Garnish with parsley.


Excerpt from Cooking for the Love of the World
Awakening Our Spirituality through Cooking
by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt


Cooking for the Love of the World:
Awakening our Spirituality through Cooking

Cooking for the Love of the World by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt
by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt
A heart-centered, warmth-filled guide to the nurturing art of cooking.

200 pages, softbound
Price: $22.95


"Cooking delicious nourishing meals - with heart and soul - is easy, fast, and fun with this great guide. Everything you need to know is right here - along with exercises and experiences that will help you love cooking, love yourself,
and love the earth."

-Susun S. Weed, Author, Healing Wise

Order Cooking For the Love of the World in our Bookshop



The Green Witch Herbal:
Restoring Nature's Magic in Home, Health, and Beauty Care

by Barbara Griggs

Griggs' best-selling and widely-praised Green Pharmacy is considered the standard work on the history of herbal medicine. Paperback: 168 pages

Includes recipes for a variety of remedies and personal care products, and devotes a chapter to the creative use of herbs in the kitchen for cooking and as natural cleansers and disinfectants.



Price: $14.95

Order The Green Witch Herbal in our Bookshop

Introduction to Herbalism DVD
1 hour and 48 minute DVD packed with herbal wisdom

Matthew takes you out into the fields to see the herbs in their natural habitat and explain the magical wisdom of nature in giving the plants to us. He teaches the wisdom of our ancestors about the healing power of these plants that informs our use today. Herbs covered: Bergamot, Boneset, Elder, Elecampane, Goldenrod, Lobelia, Mullein, Peach leaf, Peppermint, Plantain, Rose, Sumac, White pine, Wild cherry, Yarrow.

Introduction to Herbalism DVD
1 hour and 48 minute DVD
Price: $19.95




i am interested in joining your mailing list to receive more information about menopausal women. thanks for the great site. i was dazzled to the point of squinting (!) as i viewed the writings about the three stages of menopause. reaching my crone years this spring, i look forward to learning more about myself and my power.





Wise Woman Herbal Ezine is sponsored by www.susunweed.com and www.wisewomanbookshop.com

Breast Cancer? Breast Health! the Wise Woman Way

©Susun Weed -Wise Woman Center
~ Disclaimer & Privacy Policy ~