26
sep
2015

catnip

Nepeta cataria is cultivated as an ornamental plant for use in gardens. It is also grown for its attractant qualities to house cats and butterflies.

The plant is drought tolerant and deer resistant. It can be a repellant for certain insects, including aphids and squash bugs.

Nepetalactone is a mosquito and fly repellent. Oil isolated from catnip by steam distillation is a repellent against insects, in particular mosquitoes, cockroaches and termites.

Catnip contains the feline attractant nepetalactone. Nepeta cataria (and some other species within the genus Nepeta) are known for their behavioral effects on the cat family, not only on domestic cats but also other species of cats. Several tests showed that leopards, cougars, servals, and lynxes often reacted strongly to catnip in a manner similar to domestic cats and while lions and tigers can react strongly as well, they do not react all the time.

With domestic cats, N. cataria is used as a recreational substance for pet cats' enjoyment, and catnip and catnip-laced products designed for use with domesticated cats are available to consumers. Not all cats are affected by catnip; roughly 33% are not affected by the plant. The behavior is hereditary.

03
oct
cumin

Cumin

Cumin is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae, native from the east Mediterranean to India. It is an aromatic spice with a distinctive bitter flavor and strong, warm aroma due to its abundant oil content.
Cumin "seeds" are actually the small dried fruit of an annual plant in the parsley family.
Native to the Mediterranean, cumin is hotter to the taste, lighter in color, and larger than caraway, another spice it's sometimes confused with. Sold whole or ground, the seeds come in three colors:...

11
may
edible-flowers:-sunflowers

Edible flowers: sunflowers

The finishing touch for a slap is traditionally a floral arrangement. But did you know that an amazing variety of flowers are not only ornamental but also have a great flavor?

Most of the flowers don't withstands high temperatures of cooking, so these or are incorporated at the last moment or used only as decoration.

The sunflower when mature, is covered with coarse hair and is inedible. The flower buds are very tender and edible. They can be steamed or even fries! Their flavor reminiscent of...

01
feb
frittelle
11
jul
lamponi
05
dec
chamomile

chamomile

Chamomile or camomile (/ˈkæmɵml/ KAM-ə-meel or /ˈkæmɵml/ KAM-ə-myl)is the common name for several daisy-like plants of the family Asteraceae that are commonly used to make herb infusions to serve various medicinal purposes. Popular uses of chamomile preparations include treating hay fever, inflammation, muscle spasm, menstrual disorders, insomnia, ulcers, gastrointestinal disorder, and hemorrhoids.
The word "chamomile" derives, via French and Latin, from Greek χαμαίμηλον...

02
may
spicy-oil

Spicy oil

50 g of chillies, 1 l of extra virgin olive oil

Put chillies to dry under the sun  for about a week (but not let it become too dry,with no more red color). Once dried, cut into small pieces and dip them in 1 L of extra virgin oil inside a bottle or a glass jug with airtight seal. Oil and chilli should soak inside the vessel chosen for 1 month and a half. For those who prefer a more aromatic oil, as well as spicy, add in a Rosemary sprig or bay leaf. After maceration, use your oil for pastaand...

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