Cooking with the Court Cards : Knight of Swords

Greetings Tarot lovers !

Here we are off to the fourth post of  Cooking with the Court Cards !

Last week we talked about the Page of Swords and today we finish up the Swords family with the little rebel / bad boy Knight of Swords.

PS: If you are new here, click here if you missed out on the  original Tarot versus Food series and here for the newest series Cooking with the Court Cards !


Cooking with the Court Cards – The KNIGHT of Swords


Prologue :

I have to admit that I procrastinated to write this post. I just couldn’t get myself to do it. If you follow me on Instagram (@bellabtarot), you might have seen me playing around with insta stories instead of writing. Funny how as soon as I pulled the Knight of Swords card I felt a push to get moving !

On another note, how was your week ? Mine was quite an intense week and it was not easy to stay cool and carry on, but hey, that’s what weekends and chocolates are for amarite ?

Now onto the real stuff :

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The Knight of Swords is THE rebel with capital THE, like a mini version of Gordon Ramsey (remember him from the King of Swords ?). When you watch a cooking competition show, he is the angry student who has a rock n’ roll bandana, tattoos blue / pink coloured hair, who picks a fight with everyone, yet incredibly f*n talented.

He doesn’t realise it himself, but part of his straight forward, defying, in your face attitude really works on getting people off their balance, and that’s how he beats you every single time. He takes you out of your balance. The Knight of Swords is the “he drives me crazy” type of person. You know those people that just… drive you insane and you still adore them ? That’s him.

Often perceived as hot headed, impulsive, bold and rebellious, the Knight of Swords brings a fresh look into old recipes. He is so daring that he’ll look for different ways of doing things just to break the rules, because there are no rules and it works. Yes he is the one you’ll be arguing with all the time when you are in the kitchen. He wants to change everything and he’ll take control of your knives in a blink of an eye.

To this guy/girl cooking is an art of intellect, invention, re-invention. It makes me think of an Italian chef called Massimo Bottura* (featured in Netflix’s doc series Chef’s Table ) who is considered a big rebel for re-interpreting classic Italian cuisine. Can you imagine, changing traditional Italian recipes ? What an outrage for Italian culture !* He was so criticised for re-thinking traditional family recipes but he just doesn’t care, that’s his art and guess what ? It’s a huge success.

So whenever you’re feeling like changing things around, breaking the rules, being a bit hot headed, daring and brave… yeap, you should run to your grandma’s old recipes and start playing around with them, because you are embodying the Knight of Swords energy, and great things can happen thanks to that !

Have an amazing week everyone and dare to do something extraordinary !

Much ❤

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Cooking with the Court Cards : Page of Swords

Greetings Tarot lovers !

Here we are off to the second post of  Cooking with the Court Cards !

Last week we talked about the Queen of Swords and I don’t know about you, but I noticed a lot quicker when I was getting into her mode. This week I want to talk about the Page of Swords ! I’ll leave all Knights for last because, I think they bring an element of disruption to all suits. But more about that later !

If you are new here, click here if you missed out on the  original Tarot versus Food series and here for the newest series Cooking with the Court Cards !


Cooking with the Court Cards – The PAGE of Swords

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Oh this young girl/boy knows how to get on your skin ! He/she is extremely intelligent and quick ! He/She doesn’t need much explanation to understand something and has a very sharp mind as well as tongue ! The Page of Swords won’t hesitate on making a comment about something, of thinking he/she knows better than all the other pages. Because in a sense it is true, most of the times he/she knows a bit better, but he/she needs to learn how to deal with the fact that people have different timings, otherwise he/she comes off as an arrogant little s**t.

You’ve met him/her… I know you have… Have you been in a cooking class with other people, even if it’s just for fun and there was a person who kept interrupting the chef to ask “tricky” questions to test out the knowledge of the instructor ? That’s the Page of Swords.

Let me try to give you a better picture : we’ve signed up for a macaron’s class. By the end of class, everyone has made a few macarons. Some are obviously better done than others. Regardless,  everyone is happy for we’ve had a good time and learned at least a few tips. When the times comes to taste each others final products, normally the page of wands, cups and pentacles will just smile and say :  “hmm, it’s good”. The Page of Swords, on the other hand, will say : “It’s good, but ________ (fill in the blank)”. There is always something that could’ve been done better – that’s not to say that they themselves have done it, wether they take their own advice is something else, but he has an opinion/advice for everyone.

Another exemple : You’ve invited your friend over for dinner. You start prepping the meal. He/she watches you cook and makes faces of approval or disapproval all along even if they don’t know how to cook. She’ll suggest that you add more salt or less pepper, or “not sure about this ingredient, are you sure ?”. It can drive one crazy.

The Page of Swords is  of course not at all bad. She/he is also the most eager student, the one who is interested and will bring new ingredients to test out because they’ve read it somewhere. She/he will also be on the lookout for new techniques and improvement. You can learn a lot from this one, he/she helps you stay sharp and prepared.

Have a great week !

Much ❤

(specially for all the pages of swords out there !)

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*Sorry for the back and forth on he/she, she/he.

 

 

 

 

 

Cooking with the Court Cards : Queen of Swords

Greetings Tarot lovers !

Here we are off to the second post of  Cooking with the Court Cards !

Last week we talked about the King of Swords and I figured that it is important we talk about the his Queen. These two together make a hell of a combination ! Master minds !

(click here if you missed out on the  original Tarot versus Food)


Cooking with the Court Cards – The QUEEN of Swords

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She* doesn’t take any shit from anybody. The Queen of Swords has been through a lot in her life and she has reached a stage where people’s emotions don’t affect her anymore. This is cold, hard analytics. She can be a great listener, perhaps a bit more quiet than your chatty Queen of Wands ( more on her another day) and a master of understanding the underlying issue.  However don’t come to her to wine and complain about life. If you do get ready for some harsh truths about yourself. She will not let you get away with it. 

How does she expresses herself in the kitchen  ? She strives for perfection ! She is the most meticulous person in the kitchen you’ll ever meet ! She plans weeks in advance, she studies, she analyses every single recipe before deciding on one.  Take her desserts for exemple : they are perfectly mastered, an explosion of flavours. She chops with precision and when she slices, everything comes our perfectly even.

If she is supposed to bring cake to the party, don’t expect a store bought dough, or just a regular chocolate cake. She is not going to share her grand mother’s recipe because they are just plain comfort food. To this Queen, food isn’t supposed to be comfy, food has to be surprising, amazing, sophisticated. So if you ask her to bring cup cakes to the kids play date, she”ll show up with something more like this :

She is not refusing to serve cupcakes to annoy you, it’s just that she cannot force herself to be anything less than perfect.

Which is why people often think of her as conceited or critical of others. In reality she is just true to herself and to others. She won’t fall for diplomacy, she is straight forward honest and you have to appreciate her for that ! Specially nowadays when there is so much glossing over everything ! And it’s almost cute how she doesn’t realise how harsh she can be. Well, you have to learn to love her tough love !

I really like this Queen of Swords lady ! She totally rocks !

Have an amazing week

Much ❤

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*Again, I chose to call the Queen of Swords a “she” just to facilitate things. Of course, a man can embody the same energy. I don’t even like saying masculine or feminine energy because I truly believe that we all have both inside of us. I do see things in more active or receptive energy.

 

 

 

 

Cooking with the Court Cards : King of Swords

Greetings Tarot Junkies !

I present to you my brand new Tarot versus Food series : Cooking with the Court Cards !

(click here if you missed out on the first series)

A little back story :

When I first started reading Tarot I struggled to understand the court cards, I still do sometimes, and I think that’s perfectly normal. At the time I tried several techniques to understand their energy and I read several books and blogs in the attempt to capture the essence of each court card.

Of course, there is nothing better than experience to better understand these cards, but one thing I learned is that having fun making comparisons with them helps a lot ! You can compare it to the characters of your favorite TV show, film or book, or even to people you know. I personally compare them to cooking styles. Hence the reason for this series !


Cooking with the Court Cards – King of Swords

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Ah the King of Swords. I think a lot of people fear him when they get him on a reading ! He is sharp, straightforward, “don’t stand on my way” kind of person. He has experience*, ambition, he knows what he wants, but most of all he is meticulous, strategic, he knows when to strike, and he won’t be merciful if you get on his way.

It really makes me think of a famous TV Chef…. Do you know who I’m talking about ?

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Yeap, think about Gordon Ramsay, he is my King of Swords. He knows his craft to perfection !  The meal is planned out and he follows his strategy to the tee, there is no place for mistakes. You don’t know how to chop onions ?  Be quick and get out of his kitchen. Chop chop ! Don’t stand in his way, you’ll get burned !

 

On the bright side, play your cards right, use reason and logic, search for the best possible move to win, you’ll be in his grace.giphy

In any case, this guy is the best person to learn strategy from. Have you been soft and need you toughen up ?  The King of Swords is your guide !

Much ❤

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*I chose to call the King of Swords a “he” just to facilitate things. Of course, a woman can embody the same energy. I don’t even like saying masculine or feminine energy because I truly believe that we all have both inside of us. I do see things in more active or receptive energy. The King of Swords represents to me are more active energy of the mind.