Major Update in the Works!

It has been a long time coming for Tales of Alohi to witness major structural changes and a new look. The nuts and bolts are now in place and the look on the site is next!

What’s new:

  • A section on my own research topics in Anthropology.
  • A section on Archaeology with my own tales of in-field experiences, current projects, etc.
  • A section on becoming an educator in the Social Sciences field.
  • A re-branding of my recipe section with my favorite gluten-free meals and snacks suitable for the field or stocking up for your very busy week ahead.
  • News updates as they come.
  • More posts soon!

Cheers everyone, and Happy 2017!

-Deanna

Easy Peasy Unprocessed Tomato Soup

Fyre's Tomato Soup Need an easy and inexpensive vegetarian dinner? How about tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich! Albeit with the grilled cheese sandwich it isn’t the lowest caloric dinners out there, but it definitely is a tasty comfort-food dinner. Sans sandwich and you have yourself a healthy cheap meal that tastes amazing! Ingredients:

  • 1.5 pounds organic tomatoes, quartered (I used early girls)
  • 1 organic red bell pepper, sliced (small-medium sized will do)
  • 5 organic cloves of garlic, halved
  • Garlic powder and black pepper to taste
  • 1.5 T. olive oil

Directions: Fyre's Tomato Soup Directions Pre-heat oven at 350° F. Place tomatoes, peppers, and cloves on cooking sheet, then drizzle olive oil on top. Cover with foil and place in oven for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes take out of oven and place the cooked mixture in your blender (please be careful). Puree mixture and serve (careful, hot). I sprinkled garlic powder and black pepper on top of my batch to my preferred taste. Makes about 6 cups. Enjoy!   Slainte, Fyre

Small Batch Unprocessed Chocolate Chip Cookies (yields 8-10)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Small batch of unprocessed chocolate chip cookies. These are AHmazing. 😉

Fyre's Small Batch Unprocessed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fyre’s Small Batch Unprocessed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup organic whole wheat flour, less 2 TB (make sure it is ground fairly fine)
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 cup organic salted butter, melted
  • 5 tb. turbino raw sugar
  • 1 tsp. raw organic agave
  • 1 organic egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 tsp. organic whole milk (or half/half)
  • 1/2 tsp. pure organic vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup organic dark chocolate or baking chocolate (please see links for unprocessed examples), chopped

Directions:

Preheat over 350 degrees (f). Beat together melted butter, sugar, and agave until smooth. Mix in egg yolk, milk, and vanilla extract until blended. Mix in sea salt and baking soda until blended. Add 1/2 cup whole wheat flower and mix in until blended. Add small amounts of remaining whole wheat flour and mix. Mix in 1/4 chopped dark chocolate. With a small spoon, scoop and roll dough in the palms of your hands, then drop on a cookie sheet. Continue till all your dough is gone. Bake for 14-16 minutes. Should yield 8-10 cookies.

Enjoy!

 

Slainte,

Fyre

Delish unprocessed brownies!

Happy Holidays folks!

Yule is quickly approaching! In honor of the upcoming holiday, and the others that everyone in the office is celebrating, I whipped together my very first batch of homemade, from scratch, unprocessed brownies. Prepare yourselves… This is one tasty (and easy) recipe.

Fyre's Unprocessed Brownies

Fyre’s Unprocessed Brownies

Ingredients:

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees farenheit. In a bread loaf pan (key to this recipe) butter and flour the pan to prevent sticking.

In a saucepan heat butter on low heat. Once melted add sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract, then stir. Add chocolate and stir until melted. Once melted add whole wheat flour, sea salt, and baking powder. Stir until mixed. Pour mixture into loaf pan. Bake 20-25 minutes.

Enjoy!

Colcannon

Oh how I love to share traditional Irish recipes! This dish is great on any night, however is perfect for Samhain or feasting celebrations!

One of my favorite Irish dishes - Colcannon!

One of my favorite Irish dishes – Colcannon

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 a head of green cabbage, finely chopped
  • 2 pounds, or so, of organic russet potatoes (peel and cut into small pieces)
  • 1 decent sized organic leek, chop this up
  • 1/2 cup of organic half/half (substitutions: 1/4 cup organic cream or 1/2 almond milk could do)
  • sea salt and ground black pepper
  • organic butter (the real deal, just cream) or substitute veggie butter (read the ingredients – it might be processed!)

Directions:

In a large pot, put peeled and cut spuds in and cover with water. On top of pot place colander with your chopped cabbage. On medium-high heat boil the potatoes/steam cabbage until potatoes are tender (15-20 minutes or so). Turn off heat and drain water from potatoes. In a saute pan heat leeks with half/half over low-medium heat until tender. Mix cabbage, leeks, and spuds together. Season with a dash of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve with a tablespoon of butter.

 

ENJOY!!!

Veg Taco Stew

Veg Taco Stew

Fyre's Veg Taco Stew

Fyre’s Veg Taco Stew

Ingredients:

  • 2 organic onions, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tb org. olive oil
  • 1 organic zucchini, chopped
  • 1 organic crookneck squash, chopped
  • 2 organic green bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 organic red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 portobello mushrooms, chopped
  • 3 organic tomatoes, cut (keep the juice)
  • 1 cup dry organic quinoa (cook this separately)
  • 2 cans organic black beans
  • 1 carton of unprocessed (needs to be just veggies and spices that are understandable) organic low-sodium veggie broth
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

Saute those veggies! Fyre’s Veg Taco Stew

Cooking instructions:

Saute onions and garlic cloves in olive oil until browned on medium heat. Add zucchini and crookneck squash – stir. Add bell peppers – stir. Add portobello mushrooms – stir. Add black beans, tomatoes, and veggie broth – simmer for 10 minutes on medium heat. Add quinoa and spices – stir. Simmer for another 5-10 minutes. Let cool and serve. Total time: 40 minutes. Serves two lunch or dinner for 4 days. Optional: Sprinkle some grated cheddar cheese.

 

The Five Pointed Star & How I’m Not a Satanist

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Too often misconceived, the pentagram and pentacle symbol is misrepresented as Satanic. When I was a teenager I wore a pentacle ring on my right hand. Quite often I would be asked if I was a Satanist, or, when I was unfortunate enough to not be asked, shouted at by those who were ignorant and had no clue.

My ring looked a lot like this one.

My ring looked a lot like this one.

Paganism has nothing to do with Satanism… and no, that star necklace/bracelet/ring that I, or my friends, wear is not satanic either. Let me explain.

Anthropologically we can affirm that when cultures get together an exchange of perceptions, beliefs, and customs occur. When a major shift in cultures occur the old set of beliefs shift into something else. For example, Gods and Goddesses of the old days may be seen in monotheistic religions as a demon, angel, saint, or the devil himself. There are a lot of Pagan beliefs, holidays, rituals, etc. from the old days that found themselves in newer faiths. From Ostara to Easter; horned Gods, like Pan, to Satan (whose name also comes from a Pagan deity); to the very ritual structure of many monotheistic religion services. This is very much the case with symbols as well, including the five pointed star.

The five pointed star has been used for thousands of years by cultures all over the world. The symbol has been represented as knowledge, protection, power, a Goddess, the afterlife, and much more. Pythagoreans used a five pointed star as their symbol eons ago. In Judeo-Christian beliefs the star represents the star of Bethlehem, and was once used as a symbol for protection. There are stars that represent honor in the United States military as well. In fact, there are many countries that use the star symbolically in their own flags!

The nautical star - my husband has a tattoo like this.

The nautical star

The New Zealand flag

The New Zealand flag

United States flag

United States flag

Source: army.mil - Metal of Honor

Source: army.mil – Metal of Honor

Just because I wore a pentacle on my right hand, or my friends who wear a pentacle around their necks, did not make us Satanists. We choose to use the pentacle for something symbolically way different than a Satanist would. Satanism and Paganism are way different from each other entirely. There are many paths within Satanism, from what I know of, some in which don’t even worship the creature Satan himself. If you want to know more, I suggest doing some research through a direct source (by direct, I mean go to Satanists themselves… not a biased source against them). One source you will find directly linked to the Satanic Bible picture I have listed in this post (see below).

So what is the symbolism behind the five pointed star? Each point on the star is symbolic for the four elements, and the spirit, energy, life force, ethers, etc. Put together into a five pointed star the symbol becomes a power point of what is around us.

Just as Christian may wear a cross around their neck to symbolize that they are a follower of Christ one may wear a pentacle on their hand or neck to represent that they are a part of a path. Those who see my calling upon these five points as Satanic is outright silly as Pagans do not believe that they have a direct line to Satan himself when they call out to these five points. There is a complete separation from Pagans and the Devil/Satan/Lucifer, which is an entity tied into the Judeo-Christian belief system.

My drawing of the pentagram in how I symbolically see it

Pentacle Symbolism

Is there a symbol related to the Church of Satan? The that is relevant to the Church of Satan is called the Sigil of Baphomet. I do not have much knowledge behind the Sigil of Baphomet, but I recognize that its founder took many symbolisms from cultures from around the world and in many different time periods.

Here is a point I would like to make to everyone: knowledge and kindness is key. Before putting someone down for something you believe to be true recognize that that individual might have a different cultural background than your own – and that’s okay! What I encourage is knowledge on what a symbol means to a culture themselves. It is not wrong. Seeing as a symbol as wrong would be ethnocentric on your part. The Sigil of Baphomet is absolutely right within the culture it is represented from. The 5-pointed star is absolutely right within the culture it is represented from. The same to a Christian’s cross, the same to the Star of David, and so on. Who are we to place our own meanings towards another culture’s symbol?

The Satanic Bible (click to see the Church of Satan's description of the symbol and to do your research)

The Satanic Bible with the Sigil of Baphomet on the cover (click to see the Church of Satan’s description of the symbol and to do your research on their beliefs)

Back to the Sigil of Baphomet. From some research I found out the Sigil of Baphomet was publicized back in the late 1960s and was developed from the mind of Anton LaVey. The Church of Satan has a lot of copyright and trademark backing within their symbol. I highly suggest visiting their website to better understand the symbol and its history. I found their page on the Sigil of Baphomet very knowledgeable, well written, and great to share.

I hope my discussion about the symbolism of the 5-pointed star and key differences of the Sigil of Baphomet was something unique and offered perspective. Feel free to share, ask any questions, or post comments!

 

Read More:

Religious Tolerance

Pagans are not Satanists and Satanists are not Pagan

Lemon Kale Pasta (my fav)

If there is a dish I could never get tired of making every week it easily could be lemon kale pasta. I came across the original recipe on Pinterest several months ago and adapted it for an unprocessed lifestyle. This dish is super easy to make and only involves 5-6 ingredients. Cook time is very short too!

Lemon Kale Pasta

Ingredients:

5 organic garlic cloves, minced

1 bundle of organic kale, ripped off stems

1 T olive oil

3/4 box or bag whole wheat spaghetti

1 lemon, squeezed

pecorino romano (optional)

 

Directions:

Cook pasta till  al dente. In a saute pan, bloom minced garlic with olive oil until browned on medium-high heat. Add organic kale and half of the squeezed lemon, then cover. Once lemon kale mixture is wilted turn off heat and set aside. Mix pasta and lemon kale mixture. Serve on a dish drizzed with some of the remaining lemon juice and cheese (optional). ENJOY!

 

Easy Italian unprocessed soup

Italian Soup (Unprocessed & Organic)

1 org. yellow onion chopped
3 org. green onions chopped
1 org. shallot chopped
2 org. carrots chopped
1/2 org. green bell pepper chopped
1/2 org. orange bell pepper chopped
1/2 org. yellow bell pepper chopped
1 org. zucchini chopped
1 org. broccoli chopped
1 org. heirloom tomato diced
5 org. crimini mushrooms diced and cooked w/ olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
1cup cooked wild or brown rice (I used trader joes brown rice medley).

I sautéed all the veggies w/ a little olive oil first in a big cooking pot. I covered the veggies in water and let simmer for a good half hour on low. After the rice was cooked I combined all remaining ingredients simmering for 10 minutes more.

Let cool and serve. For a vegetarian twist add a little grated Italian Parmesan.

Enjoy!