Shannon and Mary’s Buns of Desire

Rosemary, Basil, Thyme and Oregano are the flavour filled additions to these buns and according to Shannon Loeber and Mary Edwards, the kitchen witches of Wisewoman’s Cookery, each herb was added for a specific reason beyond how tastily they combine together. You will need: 1 cup all purpose flour 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 […]

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Fresh Feelings

We celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14th because that is the day St. Valentine is honoured on the Catholic church but wouldn’t a day for lovers be better planned when there is easy access to ripe succulent fruit and fresh powerful herbs? Thank goodness for Farmer’s Markets! If you are planning an intimate dessert after […]

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Aromatic Candles

I promised we would get spicy and so we shall. Today the focus is on scented Valentine candles for the bedroom. Candles at dinner, from my perspective, are best left unscented so as not to clash with the aromas of the meal. Once you have moved on from dessert, then essential oils will help carry […]

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Poppy Seed Pinwheels

This is a good year round recipe but as Imbolc is near, I thought I would contribute a last “seed” recipe. Seeds are one of the traditional foods of this celebration, along with grains and dairy, all parts of this pinwheel recipe. Many North American recipes for poppy seeds are combined with lemon. This is […]

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Imbolc and Candles

For over 15 years of my life I was a chandler, I produced my own line of candles, did private labeling and taught classes. I still teach although I no longer have a workshop and at this time of the year I miss being able to melt wax, wick molds and play with scent and […]

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Thyme & Lemon Buttermilk Cheese & Spiced Pumpkin Seed Crackers

One of the “special” gifts I received this year was a selection of herbs; grown in my friends garden and dried in her “doll house”. Since dairy is such a part of Imbolc traditions, sharing a recipe or more accurately a process, I learned years ago from family for turning buttermilk into a fresh cheese, […]

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Gluten Free Soda Bread Experiment

After posting a recipe for a whole wheat soda bread in connection with the coming celebration of Imbolc, last week (http://mykitchenwand.com/?p=1230),  I received a question about a gluten free alternative from France. I had been thinking about it myself and wondering what might be a good way to get that whole grain experience into a […]

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Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread

Can you believe we are half way through January already!?!? The time is flying for me and it is a good reminder that reaching my goals means staying on track. Imbolc will be here before you know it. Imbolc happens at the same time as Candlemas and they have many connections as traditions from one […]

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Yule Log

There seem to be as many origins to the Yule Log as there are web pages that mention them. Yule Log beginnings are traced back to almost every country in Northern Europe and I would not begin to suggest that any page is incorrect. The Yule Log is a symbol of prosperity and protection, usually […]

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Lemon Curd Buttermilk Squares

One of my Scottish heritage traditions is lemon curd, so not good for the arteries but soooooo good served just out of the fridge in freshly baked warm flaky tart shells. This recipe is a negotiated middle ground for friends who are not so fond of the pucker a real good lemon curd gives your […]

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