Imbolc Cheese

I chose lemon verbena, stinging nettle and rosemary for this Imbolc cheese. If you can’t find all on any one list of Imbolc herbs, it is because I picked and chose, based on what I had readily available and my intentions. The word Imbolc/Imbolg is from the Gaelic for “in the belly” and speaks to […]

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Hummus with Fresh Herbs & Roasted Peppers in Oil

Hummus is a tasty spread made from chickpeas with ground sesame seeds, olive oil, lemon, and garlic. Originally from the Middle East it is now also popular in North America.  The other day I was teaching a “Playing with Herbs” class and we whipped up a batch along with some fresh dill mayonnaise and some […]

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Cottage Cheese with Chives

With summer weather comes lighter foods. This is a mix that has been in my family for decades. It comes from Germany and usually it is used as a topping for light rye bread when making open face sandwiches but I have a few other suggestions as well. Cottage cheese can be one of those, […]

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Garlic Scape Hummus, Pesto and Bread, Oh my!

Three more ideas for making use of those lovely garlic scapes before moving on. If scapes are new to you, here is an introduction. The tried and true go to is a scapes pesto. This version is made with Asiago cheese and pine nuts. It is absolutely possible to make substitutions if walnuts and Parmesan […]

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First Fruits Salad with Lemon Ricotta Dip

First Fruits is a term well connected to Lammas. I tended to take it literally years ago and wondered how it fit into a place where the strawberries and raspberries were finished months ago. Weren’t they fruit? Maybe my issue was with the word itself. Early apples and cherries and apricots with their seed on […]

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Sage Pesto

One of the other prep items for the Fall High Tea I mentioned yesterday is a sage pesto. It is intended as a garnish for chicken mushroom pockets. Pesto is a quick and easy thing to prepare. Getting all the layers of flavour to come together to suit your taste is the trick. I would […]

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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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