Who would of thought…..

Do you have a mice problem? This herb was once used and you might want to use it to catch mice. You will never guess….

 It flowers in the summer and originated from Egypt and the Mediterranean. Now grown also in Europe, India, Mexico, and even the U.S.

 Anise also known as star anise is our Herb of the Week. 

In the sixth century, as crazy as it sounds to catch mice with this herb, there were some other ideas that were much crazier. One of these came from a mathematician named Pythagoras, he believed that just by holding this herb in your hand would prevent seizures in those plagued with epilepsy. 

For a few more common ideas, one came from Hippocrates he prescribed it for coughs.

The Romans began to use it as a fragrance, as well as medicinal. One of their practices for anise was after heavy meals and even wedding feasts. It was baked into a cake form with other spices and was known for it digestive purposes. Some even say because the Romans had this cake at the wedding feasts so long ago, they are to thank for the delicious cake you have at wedding receptions today.

Anise has been well used across the world, most prominent from Morocco to East India. 

It is being used in pastries, cakes, and cookies to the savory cooking of fish and duck. As well as being added to Liqueurs, being added to flavor in desserts and mixed drinks. 

Anise Slices
A biscotti like cookie, that is a tradition during Christmas time.
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Ingredients
  1. 5 Eggs
  2. 2 Egg whites
  3. 1 cup Sugar
  4. 1 cup Flour
  5. 2 Tbsp Anise (ground)
Instructions
  1. Preheat to 325 degrees
  2. Prepare and grease a loaf pan with butter or spray.
  3. Combine all eggs together and beat until thick. (5 mins.)
  4. Add the sugar a ΒΌ of a cup at a time. Mix well.
  5. Fold the flour and anise into the sugar mixture.
  6. Pour into prepared pan
  7. Bake for 30 minutes, the cake should spring back when done.
  8. Remove from pan and let cool.
  9. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  10. Transfer to cutting board and slice the loaf
  11. Replace the slices on a sheet pan
  12. Bake for 10 minutes or until brown.*
Notes
  1. *I baked mine for 15 minutes because I like mine a little more crunchy.
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Pairing Flavors

Bay leaf

Cinnamon

Eggs

Cheese

Spinach

Carrots

Substitute

Fennel seed of leaf

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