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Thursday, April 10, 2008

playing with food

Rosemary is not exactly food, its a herb. But you can eat it so for the purposes of this blog its food.

You can also use it to make your jumper an interesting greeny-yellow-mustard colour.

First you boil up some rosemary leaves (lots of them) in a big old pot. I got some from the garden, where someone had pruned the big rosemary bush.

Then you add a spoon or two of potash(alum, or potassium sulphate). This is what's called a "mordant" or fixer. It makes the colour brighter and it fixes it so it lasts longer and doesn't run.

Then you stick in your jumper or whatever it is and let it simmer for about an hour or so.

When it comes out its a lovely greeny colour.

I also decanted some rosemary juice (BEFORE adding the alum, whic is toxic!!) into a bottle to use as a hair tonic। Apparently it stops grey hair. I will let you know if it works or not. I will be able to tell you this because i have some grey hairs appearing and would like them to go away please.


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