Past Life Cilantro Regression

house-005Welcome to my NE Ohio urban grotto!  Take a good look too, because I’m actually in the process of moving from here soon. Regardless of where I hang my erotic hat though, the doors will always be open; letting the outside in and the inside out. 

Be sure to give a big warm shout out to both Donna George Storey and to Marina St. Clare for coming up and spearheading this wonderful spicy, blog tour idea!  Clap, clap, clap, clap. Thank you for letting me participate.

Oh, and one more thing, before I forget, I’d like for each of you take a packet of cilantro seed1seeds with you before you leave today, so you can continue to enjoy the aromatic flavor of cilantro in your own little corner of the world at a later date.

I’ve set up a big, movie screen out here on my secluded patio, where by the way, clothes are always optional. I selected the clip from the film below, before the lovely, Gina Marie mentioned it last week on the equally lovely, Erobintica’s spice tour blog stop.  It’s one of my all time favorite books that was made into a  film:  Like Water For Chocolate. This film celebrates the mystical connection found between love/lust and food.

Yes, say it with me everyone, “Oooooh, la, la!”

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I love everything about cilantro. I love the smell, the flavor, and the tickling softness of its leaves when I bury the tip of my nose into a vibrant green bunch. I love how the name ci-lan-tro easily rolls off my tongue, like the call from of a seductive siren; luring men and women into kitchens everywhere for a sexy cooking lesson. Dishes created with the tangy, parsley-like leaves are always spicy and sexy.

So, where did the Spanish influenced sexy spice, cilantro come from?
It turns out cilantro is from the genetic tree of coriander. Cumin, anise, fennel, dill, carrots and celery are cilantro’s kissing cousins too.

I was first introduced to cilantro’s sexiness in a past life, when I lived in Spain. I’m not kidding. I just I know I must have lived there before. Does anyone else feel that way about a place, or maybe a person? Is there a spice that conjures up a sexy place or a sexy person from the past for you? Please feel free to discuss, because guess what? That’s our discussion topic for today.

Okay, okay, okay, I can almost see the blank looking faces out there after I said, past life, so I’ll start over. I was first introduced to cilantro when I lived in San Diego, the place that I grew up. I spent a lot of time getting in and out of trouble at the neighboring country of Mexico. Because of my past life, my taste buds grew painfully bored of my mother’s Irish and bland cooking, so naturally, I sought out a spicier cocina. I found dishes like fish fishtacostacos, wrapped in warm corn tortillas, with  snappy, cole slaw, mixed with cilantro, fresh, racy salsa and thin slices of lime on the side. Or lobsters grilled to succulent perfection, with a side dish of rice, infused with cilantro and lime.

 

 

These delectable Spanish dishes were usually served with cold cans of Tecate beer, tecatelimesalt which is considered the poor man’s Mexican beer. It’s also what I’m serving today. Don’t forget to grab a lime; I sliced up quite a few for today. For those who prefer wine, I do have Cava chilling on ice. I like to sip on tequila, so please, Neve’s casa is tequila friendly and I do like to share.

I find that I use cilantro all year round, but in the summer, when the days are long, and hot, and I’m wearing little to nothing at all, I love running my fingers up and down the healthy stalks and gently pulling on the delicate flowery tips; letting the spicy goodness ignite my senses.

In celebration of my past life regression, I’m serving delicious fish tacos that I mentioned and have pictured above.  I’m quite sure I first savored these when I lived another life in Spain – and then again in this life when spending time in Mexico. I also love a big, luscious, green salad to go along with the tacos  too. Mmmm, I think I’ll toss it with my homemade cilantro dressing.

Who’s hungry? I’m going to go get started preparing our food, but please I’ve made some chips, salsa and guacamole for you to nibble on while I’m gone. Between chopping and slicing in my cocina,  I’ll be sneaking back in to learn more about everyone’s first sexy spice memories. And perhaps after a few beers, cava and tequila, you’ll tell us about your past life regression experiences also.

I’m turning the volume up on a few of my very eclectic assortment of Spanish influenced favorites for your auditory pleasure. It’s great having you all here. Thank you for coming. ;-)

 

 

 

Vaya con paz
Neve Black

p.s. If anyone is interested in the fish taco and or cilantro salad dressing recipes’, please let me know. I’ll be happy to send you a copy.

76 thoughts on “Past Life Cilantro Regression

  1. Back from a walk by the Pacific Ocean and some awesome tacos at La Taqueria in the Mission loaded with fresh salsa and minced cilantro! (Oh, and Mexican chocolate ice cream for dessert). Thank you, Neve, for the dressing recipe–a smidge of marmalade sounds like it adds an intriguing air of mystery to keep the diners guessing.

    Emerald, I’m so curious to know which countries appeal in terms of energy, but then again you still haven’t shared what you discovered about your writing a couple of weeks ago–inquiring minds want to know :-) .

    And Sommer, the LA scene is so different from MD, I so know that feeling. Up in northern CA it gets a little colder at Christmas and the fog adds enough change in the mood to feel more like back home. But I also have to say that California was more of a culture shock for me than Japan, lol!

  2. Mmmm…a nice walk by the ocean followed by fish tacos sounds wonderful, Donna.

    Yes, the smidgen of marmelade adds just the right amount of sweetness to counter-balance the lime and garlic. I think you’ll enjoy this dressing, because of its freshness and summery green color.

    I think you could spin the globe and press your finger anywhere as the first place to travel. Travel is like education, you just can’t go wrong. :-)

    Yes, and NoCal has a much different climate than SoCal. The two places should be separate states, because they’re so different in many ways.

    Thank you again Donna and thank you Marina for letting me participate today. It’s always a great time when this group gets together.

  3. It feels like confessing, sometimes. I don’t know maybe it’s just coming a little out of my shell with this whole erotic group. I am a newbie, remember? I am not a shy person actually. Sharing and writing erotic stories with people I don’t know does feel outside of my normal boundaries. It’s all good.
    I will send you an email, Neve and share about my past life regression.
    very cool. I’ve done enough confessing here! :)

  4. Gigi,
    Don’t feel compelled to have to say anything if you don’t want to, okay?

    I think past life regression is interesting. I have a couple of friends that have gone through the process.

  5. Regressions, confessions, what a delightful day. Know what you mean Sommer, I have to be somewhere where I freeze my ass off in winter and roast in sommer, oops, I mean summer. ; ) I just don’t feel right if I don’t transition through that process. Oh Craig, Sergio Mendez, love it. Oh and Donna, huge congratulations on graduation weekend, you have reason to be hugely proud. Hi to everyone, it’s so nice to see you here and I’m going to have to get some of that Tecate and guac… move over Jeremy, Emerald and I want some more. Keep it coming!

  6. OOPs sorry about that double post! But speaking of past lives, because of having to be freezing in winter, (which I hate, get terribly depressed, but am COMPELLED) a long time ago I decided that in a past life, I must have been a bearded iris… ; )

  7. Ha, it’s like a little guacamole club! ;)

    As far as places, I used to feel compelled by France (probably because I took French in high school and college :) ), Switzerland, and Scotland. For reasons that seem mysterious to me, those don’t hold the appeal they once did (though I still feel like I would like to visit Scotland), with the exception of the Paris trip that has been mentioned between Donna and Neve, which I am all for! Hahaha.

    Seriously, though, for some reason Italy and Greece have lately held compelling appeal for me. Those are the places I would like to go now upon visiting Europe. (Rick has long wanted to go to Germany — yet another of the myriad things he and Craig seem to have in common, lol.) It really did occur to me though that while I talk about these places, I really have no idea what they would be like and where would affect me in what way. That actually seems interesting in and of itself to me….

    Thanks again Neve!

  8. Hi Neve – so sorry I’m so late. Any guac left or did Jeremy hog it all????

    I love guacamole. And, I love Ottmar Liebert!!!! I have several of his cds!

    It’s been so much fun reading everyone’s comments. Hmmm, as far as past life stuff, I think I belong not so much from another place, but from another time. I really think I must have existed during the Big Band era, with Glen Miller and Benny Goodman, etc. I just feel such an affinity for all of that.

    It’s late, but I might just sit here, have a beer, and chill for a few minutes! It’s a beautiful evening! Thanks for the wonderful party, Neve!

  9. Hi again Isabel,
    You crack me up! I dunno about this season transition non-sense (sorry not meant to offend Sommer, Isabel, or anyone else…God?). I like the change of seasons, but I prefer it if the snow doesn’t come right up to my doorstep. Can’t I just drive to it when I want to see it?

    I guess I should put an avocado tree on the list of things I want, huh? Plenty of guacamole all the time….

  10. Emerald,
    I say, make a list of the places and start going. I have a goal to travel to a new place every 18 months. Maybe Paris with a group of erotic writers? Crazier things have happened, you know!

  11. Hi Marina!
    Thank you so much for letting me participate in your great blog tour idea!

    It’s been fun and we’ve saved a plate of food and there’s always beer available in Neve land. :-)

    The Big Band era, eh? I love the style of dress back then too.

    Thank you for stopping and commenting.

  12. Oh my, I’m so late again! Sundays are just crazy ’round here.

    What a fascinating discussion! And I’ve all sorts of thoughts to post, but I’ll have to do it later, as I need to get to work!

    Wonderful wonderful stop, and you’re a perfect hostess, Neve!

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