Issue 03

Recipes

Sip

Makes many fragrant pots of tea

Recipe by The Communal TablePhotography by Celeste NocheFood Styling by Jenni Grishman
Directions

Here’s the recipe: Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Add a tablespoon per cup, and steep at least 5 mintues, but up to 20. Sip.

But there’s more to this story. Go make yourself a pot of tea. I’ll wait.

Here’s a secret: If you want to know the essence of the rose, you’ll have to find a wild one. Cultivated roses are fine, but it’s the ones that burst into a sundrenched meadow in late spring that capture what the rose is really all about, which by the way is not dainty or fragile in the least. This girl is fierce. She usually finds a private spot to hang out and let the world around her buzz in anticipation, but she’s thorny and doesn’t give up her allure so easily. Given the chance, she’s not afraid to spar. She’s a class ‘A’ keeper of secrets, so go ahead and make all your confessions.

More On Roses

~Roses have been found in fossil beds that date back 40 million years. They predate humans, but humans and roses have since been close companions. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese, Romans, and Phoenicians all cultivated them. They’ve been in cultivation for 5000 years.

~ We use the term ‘sub rosa’ as a way to express secret-keeping, but there is a recondite meaning that extends far inward. Sub Rosa once referred to ancient rites and mysteries that had to be conducted in confidence. We often look at a secret as something that needs to be kept from someone, rather than something that needs to be kept inside someone.

~In ancient Rome, white roses would hang above private meetings to remind the participants that they were under oath of secret. Secrets are very slippery fellows. They wriggle deep inside and then come just below the surface and sometimes find their way out. As a culture, we are over-sharers, and maybe it’s because we don’t embrace the sacred rites of keeping secrets. The Catholic Church uses the act of confession as a way to relieve people of their shameful secrets, and it can be cathartic to share a secret. But not all secrets are shameful. The keeping and telling of secrets can be a sacred part of the human experience if handled with the care it deserves.

leela

how i love this tea and these images!!

 

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Adrian

Thanks, Leela! Those girls do such a nice job on the photos. They learned from the best. Xo

 

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