Incidental Epiphany and the Duckies & Kitties of Christmastide

Lo, I Am Come To Make Bath Time So Much Fun
Haphazard celebrating of Epiphany tonight included, but was not limited to: rainbow-sprinkle Three Kings' Cake in a stunning mouth-staining blue, a retelling of the biblical narrative which was acted out by three red headed girl cubs in various states of costume, one of the Wise Men was on roller skates, and the rest arguing over who gets to wear the Princess dress. Also adding to the festivities, besides a glorious pumpkin risotto and glasses of honest to goodness bubbly (thank you, Bridgens!)) was roasted cabbage, the recipe for which I will record here, because it was definitely the sleeper hit of the evening
Roasted Cabbage Wedges

2 heads of medium size cabbage, cut into wedges, try to keep core intact
olive oil
salt & pepper
1 lemon, cut into wedges

preheat oven to 450.
Put cabbage on a rimmed baking sheet and brush both sides with oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast, flipping halfway through, until edges are brown and crisp, 25 to 30 minutes. Squeeze lemon over cabbage.

"Martha, Martha, Martha!"(ala Jan Brady)
I didn't know cabbage could make me drool in anticipation. And this recipe actually came from a Martha Stewart mag-I know, I was surprised too. I guess I'm going to have to step down from calling her Mothra.......
I love little Christmas, as this holiday is affectionately known, with all of its resonating themes, about Christ's revelation to the Gentile world through the visit of the Magi, and their inexorable pursuit of the new King. The way in which they finished their journey worshipping the Christ child, which has always felt so utterly foreign and ancient, the strange symbolism of the gifts they brought, and the over-arching mystery of the star that they saw in the east, and somehow associated with the Messiah. Matthew is too brief in his depiction of this part of the Nativity story, I have so many questions.
The Three Magi Kitties Look Mighty Irritated...

And Is That The Little Drummer Cat?
Here is a link to the silly Going Jesus website, which has a fabulous assortment of truly horrible nativity sets, the above sampling of which is quite tame in comparison......
And there! That finishes off the Christmas blog posts! Not that there were many, but I am moving on now. And the tree comes down tomorrow! Beach bonfire this weekend, anyone?


Mum said...

You are so funny!
I can't wait to check out the wacky nativity website. The cat one is very, very bad!

Blessed said...

that site of horrible nativities is SO going on my blog before next Christmas. SO SO funny.

i love it that you are getting your self back enough to post more. don't think i am being demanding or anything--i just enjoy yout thoughts. : )

Camille said...

j'adore cabbage recipes! thanks for including this one!

Blessed said...

Rosa! please visit my blog when you get the chance, because YOU just won a blogging "award"!

; )

Hope you are having a great day!

rosa said...

oh, wow. I have never won a blogging award before, thank you, blessed!

And the tree went up so quickly in its firering down at Castle Beach. Whoosh! It was awesome. And I loved the looks we got, driving around with our tree on the roof of the car in mid-January. I'm still figuring out how to post it.

Read Your Way Through the Garden: Choice Tomes From Garden Literature

  • A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
  • Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
  • Making Bentwood Trellises by Jim Long
  • RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
  • Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
  • Start With the Soil by Grace Gershuny
  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Sunset Western Landscaping Book
  • The Book of Garden Secrets by Patent & Bilderback
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany
  • the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
  • The Gardener's Year by Karel Capek
  • The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
  • We Made A Garden by Margaret Fish

lotsa latin: rosa's botanical & etymological ruminations

  • vespertinus: flowers in the evening
  • vernalis:spring
  • veni vidi nates calcalvi: we came, we saw, we kicked butt. This was printed on a T shirt I bought at Abbot's Thrift many years ago. It encircled the NEA symbol. I wish I knew why.
  • superciliaris: shaped like an eyebrow ex: sturnella superciliaris, the White-browed Blackbird
  • rosa-sinensis: species of Hibiscus: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Lit. Rosa of China, so named by British plant hunters.
  • placentiformis: shaped like a cake ex: discocactus placentiformis
  • nudiflorus: flowers before leaves show ex: flowering quince, magnolia
  • nivalis: growing in or near snow ex: galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop)
  • muralis: growing on walls
  • mirabilis: marvellous, wonderful
  • formosa: beautiful ex: dicentra formosa, a.k.a.western bleeding heart/dutchman's breeches/lady in a bath
  • carpe vitam: get a life
  • Carolus Linnaeus: Latinized name of Carl von Linne (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist considered the father of plant taxonomy. Whatta guy.