Red Stuff in Virginia

In your dormitory,
classroom or apartment, 
at a friend's house,
at a park or other open area
the center of campus
in a restaurant or cafe
just about anywhere!

Strawberries in Michigan

Egg Sacs


Menstrual Monday ~ Poppy Seed Recipes

"It is nice to keep oneself small, like a grain of rice..." ~ Yoko Ono, from The Ballad of John and Yoko, 1982

"A jar of commercially produced shichimi togarashi (a Japanese condiment), Ingredients: red pepper, Japanese pepper, black sesame seed, yellow sesame seed, roasted hemp seed, orange peel, roasted poppy seed, seaweed."

Wikimedia Commons ~ Photo courtesy Badagnani


Please follow the links for recipes ~ explore!

Poppy Seed Buchta (Yeast Coffeecake) 

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins with Raspberry Butter

Beet Ravioli with Poppy Seed Butter ~ You can use won ton wrappers in this recipe

Poppy Seed Dressing ~ Try with an Everything But the Chocolate Salad

Grapefruit-Poppy Seed Ice Cream  ~  You'll need an ice cream maker, and imagination.

Shirlotta Poppy

Shirlotta Poppy also thinks it's "nice to keep oneself small" ~ small like poppy seed ~ or even smaller, like the human ovum, which is about 0.1 mm in diameter. (By comparison, most plastic lunch bags are 1.0 mm in thickness, or 10 times the diameter of the human ovum.)

Shirlotta Poppy's also delighted by other teeny-tiny marvels: Fleeting ideas and gestures, inklings, mere hints, flashes of inspiration, objects seen from the corner of one's eye, planets viewed through telescopes.

At your Menstrual Monday party, have your guests answer the following question: "What's the littlest thing that ever made you happy?"

Pressed for time? A deli will probably have everything you need!

Recipe Index (Bonus: Costume Suggestions Too!)

1.  Popeye the Sailor Woman Suggests...Green Stuff
2.  Aunt Ruby Suggests...Red Stuff
3.  The Duchess of Chocolate Suggests...Her Favorite, Of Course
4.  Shirlotta Poppy Suggests...Poppy Seed
5.  Ms. P'eggy Humpty-Dumpty Suggests...Eggs
6.  Emily Dickinson Suggests...The Mother of All Fruitcakes

 Suggestion:  You can substitute candy sprinkles for poppy seed, sometimes ~ wouldn't suggest it on bagels though!

COSTUME SUGGESTION ~ Who's Your Grandma?

Ask your Menstrual Monday guests to dress up as one of their grandmothers, and bring a small gift for a "grandmother grab-bag." Have them include a note with the gift, explaining how the item relates to their grandmother.

My grandmother, who lived in a (tiny) Detroit home, always sent us back to the suburbs with Poppy Seed Buchta wrapped in wax paper. I wonder what she would think of Menstrual Monday, if she were still alive.