Rum and Marzipan Pound Cake

This lovely loaf comes with the delicious flavour of marzipan but without actual marzipan. I think it is a perfect Beltane offering as sweets and cake are sacred foods for Beltane and will also work well for Mother’s Day. Ellen Evert Hopman in A Druid’s Herbal writes that almonds and roses, the essential flavours in […]

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Cardamon Brown Sugar Pound Cake

Around 1912, my grandfather was a preteen part-time helper with the local bakery in Heacham. England. He left to come to Canada in 1914, so I say around. One of his jobs was assistance with the making of pound cake. The bakery made plain and almond varieties. As he told the story,  the only difference […]

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Chicken Leek Shepherd’s Pie

Potato, leek & chicken mean spring and Irish to me, so if you are looking for something for dinner this Ostara season or any time really, this works in our house, especially when there is leftover mashed potatoes and cooked chicken in the kitchen. Leeks are first mentioned in Egypt as a method of barter […]

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Two Salmon Chowder

With so much coastline in the United Kingdom, it is not surprising that, historically, fish would have been such a big part of the local diet. Joanne Asala in Celtic Folklore Cooking, shares a whole chapter of “Fish, Shellfish and Seaweed”, highlighting salmon as a sacred food for this time on the wheel of the […]

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Seville Orange Curd Loaf Cake

During March, my Celtic roots seem to talk to me more fervently so even though I used Canadian whiskey in this recipe, I was thinking Irish or Scotch. Not being much of a drinker and definitely not a lover of beer, green or otherwise, I was looking for an alternate way to recognize March 17th. […]

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Easter Bowls and Baskets

March is celebrated as Craft month so I opted to try something new for me, that I wanted connected to spring. The idea was simple but then things got complex. Ultimately, I was looking for the pastels of Ostara and Easter but I had seen a really simple idea using toilet paper rolls. The problem […]

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Valentine Cheesecake for Two

This Valentine’s Day treat is for sharing with a special someone. In this house, cheesecake is always appreciated and in the continuing theme of spring cleaning there was a small tub that needed a plan and the last of the Truffettes de France to enjoy. If life doesn’t include enough time to start the cheesecake […]

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Beet Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

During the winter, salads are not always top of my list for lunch. However, it is orange season and what I did want to share was that the orange infused vinegar I posted towards the end of January, has uses other than just as a cleaning product. Beets are also “in season” and the two […]

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Chocolate Mint Ice Cream

Chocolate Mint Day is February 19th and if those flavours get your juices going, here are two options. One is Chocolate Mint Cake found here. The other is a variation of a decadent homemade Chocolate Ice Cream, posted earlier this month and located here. The things I wanted to focus on here are qualities associated […]

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Grapefruit Peel Powder

While getting at the juicy sections of grapefruit I needed for a recent Imbolc grapefruit sorbet post, I was making sure not to do too much damage to the peel. Exfoliant in a future batch of soap seemed like a good idea. Did you know that although this is citrus season, grapefruits have not yet […]

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