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updated 07-26-22 curriculum & plunder forms

Gnusletter - August 2021

'Tis another month so busy I don't have adequate time to apprise you of all that's going on! Here's the wiki:

The following events still have availability. Those not listed are plum full

Noises Off!
Friday, 10 September at 8pm
at the Long Beach Playhouse
& join us for dinner at Pancho's before the play
Contact Joy if interested

Sunday, 12 September at 10am
at Spring Tea Garden in Fullerton
Whether you get a chance to read the book, join us for a witchy good time as we discuss The Witch's Heart by Genevieve Gornichec 

at Paris In A Cup
Friday, 1st October at 11am
This will be a departure from our 2 previous craft teas ~ sillier, more hands on, pre-orderable options. Take a look at the event page to see if it doffs your hat!

3 SPOTS LEFT - Saturday only
Old Town San Diego
16 October 
includes afternoon tea, a visit to the famed Whaley House, optional stay at the historic Horton Grand Hotel, and historic tours with Charles Spratley 

Saturday, 30 October at 11am 
Celebrate All Hallows with a Tiki Touch at Paris In A Cup in Orange 

Big December event announcement coming in September


la Vie Sirene o-magazine's MAGIC issue is just finishing off in daily blog form. 
The full layout to release next week

When Duty Calls, novella #13 in Peyton Drake's Omni Tale series releases to patrons tomorrow 

Charles Spratley's PARANORMAL PURSUITS course is complete and ready for viewing!

The Ocademy's new YouTube show DEEP DIVES plunges you headlong into Omni lore & legend

Tea Travellers Passports - I'll be cooking up a new batch that should be ready by October 15
Epic Journals - my 2021 pet project should poke its head out by year's end

As many of you know, beloved tearoom owner Rosa Jaime of The Four Seasons Tea Room in Sierra Madre recently had a heart attack while on the job and had to go to the hospital. She's been at home ever since and was excited to do some events down the line, as her doctor had advocated keeping her hands active to stave off other ickiness. Long story short, these events have been cancelled as she is now scheduled to go in for surgery in September. If you live in a city near the tearoom, please consider offering any assistance that feels right for you. And of course, your prayers and good juju are more appreciated than you know. This world needs Rosa and needs her well!

Eggplant and sweet potato curry

  • 1/4 cup (60ml) coconut oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 long red chilli, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 5cm piece ginger, finely chopped
  • 30 fresh curry leaves
  • 400ml can coconut milk
  • 2 cups (500ml) vegetable stock
  • 2 tbs tamarind paste
  • 4 Japanese eggplants, quartered lengthways, connected at stem
  • 300g sweet potato, peeled, cut into thin wedges
  • Toasted coconut flakes, steamed rice, & lime wedges, to serve
  • 1/2 cup (45g) desiccated coconut
  • 3 whole dried chillies
  • 1 tbs coriander seeds, toasted
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds, toasted
  • 1 tsp whole black peppercorns, toasted
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • Juice of 1 lime

  1. Whiz dry masala paste ingredients in a small food processor until finely chopped. Add lime juice and 1/2 cup (125ml) water, then whiz until a coarse paste. Set aside.
  2. Heat 2 tbs coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook onion, stirring, for 5-6 minutes until golden. Add chilli, garlic, ginger, 20 curry leaves and masala paste, and fry for 2 minutes or until fragrant. Add coconut milk, stock and tamarind, then bring to a simmer. Add vegetables, then simmer, stirring occasionally, for 35 minutes or until tender and curry is slightly thickened.
  3. Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 tbs oil in a frypan over high heat. Add remaining 10 curry leaves and fry for 1 minute or until crisp. Drain on paper towel.
  4. Top curry with coconut flakes and curry leaves. Serve with rice and lime wedges.