Paper Bowls

May Baskets are a tradition that has gone through many changes. For the last 200 hundred years, much of the focus has been on children or sweethearts. In some places the custom was to knock on the door, yell “May basket!,” and then run. If the giver was caught by the recipient, he or she […]

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Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

Onions soup! You will need: 1 1/2 pounds onions, peeled, sliced, and cut into quarter-moons 2 Tbsp. fat (more below) salt black pepper, freshly ground if possible to taste 1 – 1/2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar 5 cups beef broth 1 -1 1/2 Tbsp. sherry or brandy, optional but recommended croutons to cover each bowl or […]

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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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Mead Jelly

Beltane is about honouring life. All around you there are signs of abundant fertility. Beltane is the place between the fullnesses of spring and summer, where possibilities are sparked and conception happens. Heiros Gamos, the sacred union of Earth and Sky is celebrated.  Bees pollinate flowers so fruit can be harvested throughout the remaining agricultural […]

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Wax Sachets

Merriam-Webster defines sachet as “a small bag containing a perfumed powder or potpourri used to scent clothes and linens.” This is a variation on that idea, made with scented wax and decorated with nature’s beauty. Glitter, embeds and other whimsical items are also decorating options. Be aware though that anything dyed (such as crafted leaves) […]

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Roasted Tomato & Asparagus with Gouda & Balsamic Drizzle

In this part of the world the best and most economical time of the year for asparagus is right now. They are such a fresh, lovely, visual confirmation that spring has sprung. New spears can grow as much as 10 inches in one day! Understandably they are connected to male stamina and potency with a […]

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No Sew Dream/Sleep Pillows

The veil is said to be thin during the time of Beltane and Samhain making it a good time to connect with spirits and departed family. Dreams are one of the ways to do that and so it was included in an Herbs of Samhain workshop last week. Please do a little additional research to […]

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Rhubarb Charlotte

I have been wanting to give this a go for a very long time. You see my Mother had a cookbook, The Woman’s Home Companion. It was first published in 1942 and was aimed at the coming war years. The cake section included options for 1, 2, 3, & 4 egg cakes as rationing was […]

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Quick Spiced Pickled Asparagus

Asparagus is one of the first vegetables to lift its head in spring, proof that the world is coming back to life or at least waking up from the rest it was having where you live. These tender green stalks contain lots of fiber, helping keep that full feeling longer. They have an amino acid […]

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Wild Violet Syrup & Jelly

Before the last of the violets were washed away by all our liquid sunshine, I had to make a choice; vinegar, jelly or syrup? Deciding I could squeeze small amounts of two out of three,  the vinegar would need to wait until next year as I can already see the first crop of dandelions opening […]

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