February Cooking with Kim
Written by Canna Chef Kim, Mother Earth Co-op | Serving San Diego MMJ patients since 2005
This month we have a few new healing recipes for your Valentine and 2:15 dinners with of course, our medicinal twist!
Most of us are familiar with the history of 2:15 from Prop. 215, the medical marijuana proposition that passed in 1996, in California. Proposition 215, known as the Compassionate Use Act, legalized marijuana for medical use. Proposition 215 permits allow seriously ill Californians to use marijuana, provided they first obtain a doctorâ€™s recommendation. Proposition 215 also gives doctors a legal defense against professional or legal sanctions for recommending marijuana use.Â To date, there are 15 states that have voted in favor of medical marijuana and more are considering totally legalizing the curative herb.
It is not accurately known why the 14th of February is Valentineâ€™s Day since there are a few different legends surrounding the history of that day. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, there were at least three early Christian saints by the name of Valentine. One was a priest in Rome; another was a bishop in Terni. Not much is known concerning the third St. Valentine apart from the fact that he was martyred in Africa. Amazingly, all three were martyred on February 14th.
One legend proclaims that it originated from the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, a fertility celebration observed every year on February 15th. The Christians in Europe changed many pagan holidays. They renamed and dedicated them to Christian martyrs. In 496 A.D., Pope Gelasius changed Lupercalia into a Christian feast day observed a day earlier on February 14th. He proclaimed 2/14 in honor of Saint Valentine, a Roman martyr who lived in the third century.
The story of St. Valentine has two different versions. However, both versions agree upon Saint Valentine being a bishop who held secret marriage ceremonies of soldiers in opposition to Claudius II, who had prohibited marriage for young men. When Claudius became the emperor, he felt that married men were emotionally attached to their families, which he believed made men weak and not good soldiers.Â He issued a law forbidding marriage to assure quality soldiers.Â Bishop Valentine realized the injustice of the decree. He saw young lovers giving up hopes of being married and planned to counter the monarchâ€™s orders in secrecy. Whenever lovers wanted to marry, they went to Valentine and met in a secret location where he would marry them. He secretly performed many marriage ceremonies until Claudius found out about this â€œfriend of loversâ€, and had him arrested. When Claudius met Valentine, he was impressed by his dignity and conviction. However, Valentine refused to agree with the emperor regarding the ban on marriage. The angered Claudius gave the order of execution of Valentine.
According to another legend, Valentine fell in love with the daughter of his jailer while imprisoned. Just before his execution, Valentine signed a farewell message to her that read, â€œFrom Your Valentineâ€, a phrase that lived on ever after. He was martyred for refusing to renounce his religion and was executed on February 14th, 270 A.D.Â It became a day for lovers, and Valentine became its Patron Saint. Young Romans offered handwritten greetings of affection to the women they admired, which were known as Valentines. The earliest valentineâ€™s card, which is preserved in the British Museum, was sent in 1415 A.D. by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London.
The holiday evolved over the centuries. By the 18th century, gift giving and exchanging handmade cards on Valentineâ€™s Day had become common in England. It was not until the 1840s that Valentineâ€™s Day greeting cards began to be commercially produced in the U.S.
Some of the following recipes are taken from Mother Earth Co-opâ€™s â€œSpecial Medicinal Recipes â€“ A Medical Cannabis Cookbook.â€Â Kim Twolan Â© 2008 Cookbook available at finer co-ops, collectives and physician offices or online at www.motherearthcoop.com/products
COLD DYNAMITE BORSCH SOUP
1 small Onion (finely chopped)
1/4 tsp. Kief*
2 stalks Celery (chopped)
3 cup Chicken Broth
2 tbsp. Cannaoil*
1 pkg. Sour Cream
2 tsp. Sugar
2 tbsp. Chives (freshly chopped)
1 1/2 lbs. Beets (chopped)
1 tsp. Horseradish
1 tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar
In a heavy saucepan, cook onion and celery in cannaoil* with sugar, salt and pepper to taste over moderately low heat. Stir until veggies are soft, then add: beets, vinegar, kief* and broth. Simmer mixture, covered 35 to 40 minutes or until beets are very tender. In a blender, purÃ©e in batches until smooth, then transfer purÃ©ed into a bowl. Chill soup, covered, for at least 6 hours or overnight. Season it with salt and pepper. Makes about 7 curative cups.
Note: Garnish with sour cream or yogurt seasoned with horseradish in the shape of a heart and sprinkle with fresh minced chives.
MUSHROOM CHESTNUT NIRVANA
1 (8-oz.) pkg. Ready Puff Pastry
1 large Onion (chopped)
2 tbsp. Cannaoil*
1 tbsp. Parsley (chopped)
1 cup Leeks (finely chopped)
1 tbsp. Thyme (chopped)
1 (10-oz.) pkg. Mushrooms (sliced)
2 tbsp. Cannabis (chopped)
1 (7-oz.) pkg. Chestnuts (cooked)
1 tbsp. Dry Sherry (chopped)
1/4 tsp. Black Pepper (ground)
4 Cloves Garlic (chopped)
1 cup Sour Cream
Preheat oven to 400Â°F (200Â°C). Heat cannaoil *(see recipe) or cannabutter in a frying pan, then gently fry onions, garlic and leeks for about 5 minutes until soft. Add mushrooms; fry for another 5 minutes, then stir in chestnuts, parsley, thyme and cannabis. Add sour cream, pepper and sherry, and then cook for another 2 minutes. Spoon filling into a pie dish and let it cool. Roll out pastry slightly larger than the top of the pie plate; cover the top of pie plate with pastry. Make a cut on the pastry to let the air escape. Brush with a bit of milk and put it in the oven. Turn down oven to 350Â°F (180Â°C) and bake for 13 to 20 minutes or until pastry looks golden.
Note: A great vegan comfort food that is wonderful when served with fresh bread. This is excellent for nausea, cramps, anxiety and pain relief.
PASTA SOPHIE & LOVE PEPPERED SAUCE
1 (12-oz.) pkg. Linguine
1/2 tsp. Kief*
1 (12-oz.) jar Roasted Red Peppers
2 small Carrots (thinly sliced)
1 (6-oz.) jar Artichokes (w/ liquid)
2 small Tomatoes (diced)
1/4 cup Dried Tomatoes (rehydrated)
2 tbsp. White Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 tsp. Garlic Salt
1/4 tsp. Lemon Pepper
1/2 cup Parsley Leaves (finely chopped)
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Add linguine; cook at a rapid boil until al dente, about 5 to 8 minutes. Drain linguine, rinse under cold water until cool. Combine red peppers (with liquid), artichokes (with liquid), sun-dried tomatoes, parsley and kief*(see recipe) in a food processor or blender. Pulse on and off until mixture is coarsely and evenly chopped. In a large serving bowl, combine red pepper and artichoke mixture with linguine, and toss. Add carrots, tomatoes, and vinegar; season to taste with salt and pepper, and then toss again. This makes 6 to 8 curative servings.
Note: Garnish with Parmesan cheese, green onions and red peppers.
LOVE POTION CHOCOLATE FONDUE
4 tbsp. Cannabutter *
1 cup Sugar
4 squares Unsweetened Chocolate
1/4 cup Peanut Butter
1 cup Half & Half
1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla
In a medium saucepan, combine cannabutter*(see recipe), chocolate, and half & half. Cook over low heat until mixture is smooth and blended, stirring frequently with a wire whisk. Add sugar, and continue to stir. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes longer until sugar is dissolved. Add peanut butter, vanilla, and stir until blended. Remove from heat; then pour into fondue pot or chafing dish. This recipe makes 6 wonderful servings.
â€œKIEFâ€ is an age old way of extracting trichomes from plant material. Kief is the product derived from the kiefing process. Kiefing is a method in which you rub dry trim, buds and small leaves with crystals over a silk screen. The THC glands will form a powder that comes through the screen, which is used in cooking or for smoking. It is usually a pale green to light brown dependant on the strain of cannabis. Kief powder that is pressed together is called hash.
Note: Kief boxes are sold at some smoke shops and are easier to work with than silk screens. In a kief box, the screen is above the collection drawer allowing the THC glands to pass through the screen and into the collection drawer. This makes it easy and compact for the average user to collect kief and use for smoking or cooking.
* Cannaoil is any high quality food grade oil such as coconut oil, hempseed oil, olive oil, or canola oil that has been infused with high grade medical cannabis.
* Cannabutter is dairy butter that has been infused with high grade medical cannabis.
The recipes for cannaoil and cannabutter can be found in the first copy of NUG Magazine or online at www.MotherEarthCoop.com
Wishing you a hempy journey to a healthier you!
Please remember to continue the 2011 challenge of being kind to each other everyday!!
Peace, Love & Gratitude,