When a well-dressed woman entered the elevator, I was enveloped in a delicious scent. Asking her what it was, she replied – vanilla – she had been baking and the scent had lingered on her clothes. I remembered my experience when I read Jan Moran’s (author of Fabulous Fragrances) list of aromatherapy solutions to common problems.
Try the complementary scent to solve the appropriate problem:
- Anxiety: vanilla, lavender, basil, rose, chamomile
- Depression: rose, lavender
- Fatigue: lemon, peppermint, lily of the valley
- Headache: lavender, eucalyptus, ginger, peppermint
- High blood pressure: lavender,sage
- Insomnia: lavender, basil, vanilla
- Stress: lavender, rose, vanilla
Time to get some lavender and bake some cookies with vanilla.
A small restaurant no longer in business had a luncheon offering I’ve often thought of replicating. When I saw this recipe in a local newspaper, I decided to try it. As good as the dish I remembered, the taste has the sweetness of watermelon and the tartness of cheese, with the complement of cucumber and mint.
Watermelon Salad with Cucumber, Feta, and Mint
- 3 1/2 cups chilled, seedless watermelon cubes (cut into bite-size pieces)
- 1 medium English cucumber, peeled and diced into 1/2 inch pieces
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced
- 3 tablespoons crumbles feta cheese
- 2 tablespoons balsamic glaze (found in the vinegar aisle of the grocery store)
Scatter watermelon on a medium platter. Top with cucumber and mint. Sprinkle with cheese. Drizzle with glaze and serve immediately.
Chef Jacques Pépin adds kalamata olives – maybe next time I will too.
“…coffee can energize the industrious at dawn, calm the reflective at noon, or raise the spirits of the beleaguered in the middle of the night.”
Count Alexander Rostov, A Gentleman in Moscow