Sunday, July 31, 2011

Summer Days of Orange and Cream Thoughts, 2011

                            Cinderella Wore Orange Slippers  

In my mid forties I find I still live with the common and famous fairytales from my youth as viable guides of morality and wisdom. Like my girlhood favorite Cinderella, to this day it still effects me and over time perhaps even more so but in a more positive way. As I grow older I begin to realize the effects various fairytales have had on me and how they have grown with me over time. It seems to me that these fairytales tend grow beyond the original tellings and in each of us becomes it's own voice which grows with us, morphing into a continually useful psychological tool. With Cinderella, I came to realize that my cinder maid wore magical orange slippers. During these summer days of orange and cream I will illustrate the effect Cinderella and her orange tinted glass slippers have on me. It is apart of my life work as an artist and introvert to look at what is driving my psyche aiding me in either function or disfunction.

This summer is all about orange and cream. Recipe's, art, clothes, thoughts, cars, it's all in orange and

We all must eat and those of us that cook, eat well and our lives are enriched by creative cooking. Below is a wonderful vegetable dish, that goes great with ginger chicken and fresh baked rolls. It's a dish Cinderella would have been proud to serve.

Broiled Asparagus with Orange Slices
1 lb asparagus
1 shallot, thinly sliced and separated into rings (I didn't have a shallot so I used a red onion)
1/2 orange, thinly sliced
olive oil
salt and pepper
1/4 tsp orange zest

Heat the broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil. Toss the asparagus and onion slices with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Arrange the orange slices on top of the asparagus. Broil for 6-8 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the orange zest. Serve warm or at room temperature. 

Source: Fine Cooking Annual Cookbook

Above is an original watercolor by Julie Koski. Painted on 6/27/2011

The Mercurial Slippers of Cinderella were orange not  clear glass. And if glass, it was orange glass. Hot molten glass made with a touch of Venusian copper. An artful pair of slippers produced by one's Fairy God Mother with the intentions to carry Cinderella over the moon and into the light of the sun where she might find her Prince Charming.

In such dreams. I say, dreams because it is in the attic she dwells, not a basement. In the attic where one keeps the cobwebs cleared and the clarity of vision polished on the panes of glass intricately set in small unique windows Like the ones only found in attics. A window leading out from the superego making a pilgrimage into the night of the soul and the higher conscious. These are not dreams of ambivalent haze they are dreams with sight. Wakeful dreams that transport the mindful soul to it's magical castle inhabited by it's Prince Charming. ~J.K.

Orange MuffinsThese muffins are so fluffy, barely sweet, with a fresh orange flavor. They really just melt in your mouth. Perfect for breakfast or a mid afternoon snack. You can even have one with tea after dinner.  The recipe calls for sour cream which I believe is what makes these muffins cake-like and very moist. You will really enjoy this one.

For the muffins:
1 cup milk
½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
½ cup sour cream
2 large eggs
2 sticks (16 tbsp.) unsalted butter, melted
3½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1½ tbsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
Zest of 1 orange 

For the glaze:
¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1½ cups confectioners’ sugar
1-2 tsp. orange zest 

Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line muffin pan with paper liners.  In a medium mixing bowl, combine the milk, orange juice, sour cream, eggs and melted butter.  Whisk together to blend.  In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and blend just until incorporated.  Fold in the orange zest with a spatula.

Divide the batter evenly between the prepared muffin cups.  Bake about 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  

To make the glaze, combine the orange juice, confectioners’ sugar, and orange zest in a small bowl. Whisk together until smooth, adding more juice if necessary to achieve your preferred consistency. Drizzle the glaze over the muffins while they are still warm. Allow the glaze to set before serving.  Store in an airtight container.

   Fairytales tend to put in order the collective unconscious of our child minds. That is how I have interpreted my experiences with them. They help give shape to the land of our receptive fertile minds, defining areas of development and growth. When we are children we do not see ourselves separate from the animal kingdom and many of us it seems naturally believe as an animistic thinker might. As I believe is such with my Cinderella. Why else the noted friendships with animals, barefoot and clad in earth tone clothes. She is one with nature attending what is natural while being protected and watched over by animals. All of her animal friends know about seeds with the exception of the dog who is about loyalty and loyalty is what drives the coach. The birds display the dress for Cinderella and make me think on the Grecian winnowing fan as a viable symbol for agricultural knowledge and also used for a symbol for a process we under go spiritually. The winnowing fan helps remove the seed from the ear and allows the husk or protective sheath from the grain to fly free in the wind. This is the point where we see that Cinderella's efforts at providing a way for herself to go to the ball is but a preparation for a similar event to take place, only on a much larger scale. The two dresses of Cinderella shows us an as above, so below context to the story. Basically she is building good karma or the right sort of rich earthly rewards on earth but it is not the sort of dress needed for the transformation or to meet the Animus of her higher self in the light of her awakened self moment or the spiritual awe-ha moment where she starts to formulate an accurate image of who she really is. For this, a higher power must step in ( Fairy God-Mother) and cover her with a magical sheath or protective blessing. This protective blessing allows her safe passage and initiation to embracing both the maturation of her physical form and yet even larger responsibility in life as the matured self. Cinderella is moved away from mere physical service to her family and moved into service of a greater world or universe. Cinderella's role as an obedient servant has earned her larger life rewards. For some this is a curse for others it is a higher reason for living.

  The birds also make me think of spirit helpers. It is thought that sparrows are the souls of loved ones who have passed. Perhaps, her spiritual guardians also materialize physically to help aide and guide Cinderella on her heroic journey?

Please return and view more of my Cinderella sharing in my continuation of From The Summer Days of Orange and Cream section of my blog. It is a work in progress.

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