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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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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Chicken Soup with Imbolc Herbs

Sometimes you choose based on flavour, sometimes it is the time of the year or what is on hand. This is one of those recipes. Imbolc is a couple of weeks away. Honey Lune Hivery posted a list of five Imbolc herbs that are “in your pantry”. Basil, Bay, Heather, Rosemary and Chamomile were on […]

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Grapefruit Sorbet with Basil and Rosemary

Grapefruit may seem like an unusual choice for an Imbolc post. Many of our cherished traditions are based on local European weather patterns and the symbolism that has grown through the centuries. Exploration and population expansion has brought new foods into the Wheel of the Year as the intention has always been to use what […]

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Tomato Soup with Bell Pepper

Traditionally this was a time of tightening belts and for many, after the festive season, it might still be today. Needing to be careful as there is little to eat beyond what has been preserved through the year can feel familiar if Covid-19 had an effect on income and/or expenses last year. I am lucky […]

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Baked Custard with Pecans and Caramel

Custard is most often thought of as an Imbolc dish, fresh milk being finally available. Here’s the catch, eggs would not have been available until around spring equinox. It is around that time birds have enough light to begin laying eggs for the new cycle of life. Any custards made between October and March would […]

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Leftover Porridge Muffins

Last month I taught a class called “Cooking with Less”.  It was in conjunction with a World War Two display at a local museum that focused on keeping your family healthy when rationing and lack of availability was common. This is one of the recipes I baked and brought along to class. It is made […]

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Woven Imbolc/Lammas Bread

The basic recipe comes via my grandfather’s go to book on bread making. Edith Adams Bread Book! “Edith Adams was a Vancouver Sun (Newspaper) institution for three quarters of a century (in Vancouver, Canada), an institution because she never really existed in the flesh. Edith was our apocryphal homemaker. The invention of an editor in […]

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Baked Potato Popcorn

Nesting and hibernating can be part of cold winter days. A time to catch up on the reading/movie list or binge watch what there has been no time for over the last few months…..and it is awards season. This snack, with all the toppings you might find on a baked potato includes dairy, always an […]

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Sweet & Spicy Nuts & Bacon Nibblies

This post was intended to coincide with Hat Day and Hobby Month As you can see it worked better as a tea cozy. But more on that at another time. For today a quick snack for those that like things sweet and spicy. Actually quite appropriate if you are into watching awards shows or if […]

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