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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Orange Infused Vinegar

Probably the most well know tradition of Imbolc is spring cleaning. It can sound a little funny to be thinking about spring in January but this is how it happens. In North America season changes are connected to the equinoxes and solstices, spring starts on the vernal equinox, somewhere around March 20/21. Imbolc has a […]

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Puff Pastry Sticks with Fine Herbs & Aged Gouda

This is a totally unintended quick and cheeky post. No beautiful “how to” pictures as the work was going on after dark and that rarely makes a digital camera happy. Using leftovers is an active theme for this time in the wheel of the year. Firstly there would have been the question of how long […]

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Leek & Potato Soup with variations

Leek and potato soup is a perfect choice for an Imbolc dinner. It is made from winter vegetables that would have been stored from last years harvest and fresh cream from newly lactating cows. New chives may not have their heads above ground but thyme and parsley may be available as would bay leaves, having […]

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50/50 Soda Bread

One of the things that I appreciate about the Wheel of the Year is that although there are suggested dates for celebrating the turning of the wheel, the important aspect is that it match what is happening on the earth wherever you live. Just as groundhogs recognize the fluidity of the transition from winter to […]

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Spiced Brown Sugar Baked Doughnuts

I try to post recipes that do not require a trip to the store for non standard equipment as the first step. In this case, a substitute might be a mini muffin or tart tin that would allow you to make doughnut holes. Unless the plan is to make more than two or three batches […]

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