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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Cherry Chocolate Braid

There is an underlying concept in Imbolc that shows itself again in the preparations for Lent. Spring cleaning includes the process of going through “stuff” and sorting out what is needed and still useful and what is not. Going through the fridge probably brings up an assortment of containers pushed off to the side, some […]

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Cream Cheese

The reason that milk and soft cheese is so much a part of Imbolc (also known as Brigid’s Day) is that farms with sheep and cows were busy with new little ones, meaning their moms had milk to give, both for their babies and the household. Fresh milk meant, fresh butter and fresh cheese and […]

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Painted Imbolc Braided Bread

Between the influence of Brigid as a triple aspected diety (one who represents all three phases of a womans life, maiden, mother, crone); her connection to weaving and other domestic arts as seen celebrated through brigid crosses and the traditions of offering bread to the land to enhance the coming agricultural season, I wanted to […]

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Potato Biscuits with Seed Topping

Imbolc is the first festival in the Wheel of the Year after the Gregorian calender celebrates the New Year. It can be a time of cold where only what has been preserved was available to eat and those supplies might be dwindling so although celebration feasts are enjoyed, the meals would have been plainer than […]

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Chevre

I taught a goats milk soap making class last week and ended up with leftover goats milk that I used to make some doggie treats and this batch of chevre cheese. As a personal preference, I would normally choose a cow’s milk fresh cheese over goat’s milk so I was pleasantly suprised at the taste […]

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