Strawberry Shortcake Doughnuts

Red and white are the colours of the Canadian flag, making strawberries and whipped cream a perfect fit to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, July 1st. But truthfully this is a lovely summertime treat for any occasion as long as fresh local berries are available. Changing out the fruit for blackberries or raspberries works and mixing […]

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Litha Honey Drops

Most Litha celebrations are sourced in European traditions. Whether it be an Italian all white midnight picnic or Celtic dancing around the community bonfire, summer solstice marks the shifting from the growing/waxing half of the Wheel of the Year to the half that is connected to dieing/waning and death. Nordstjernan.com an online magazine celebrating all […]

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Litha Beeswax Tapers

The Wheel of the Year is all about our relationship with the sun, so a respected and tended fire is always a perfect addition to any solstice celebration. Because we are outside more at this time of the year, that can also be a campfire, a small bonfire on the beach or even some burning […]

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Fresh Fruit & Sunshine

Probably the most common symbol of Summer Solstice is the sun itself. Litha after all is a celebration of the longest day and all the benefits that come with the sun’s lifegiving light and heat. In hot weather appetities are smaller and lighter dishes are popular. This frozen dessert/fruit salad is a simple way to […]

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Mint Cucumber Doogh

For several years I was a bit of a support person for an Afghan Sewing Cooperative. To be clear the members were from Afghanistan. This was not a quilt making group. One of the unplanned benefits to me was the trying of many new, tasty dishes and on very hot days, Doogh was a cooling […]

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Summer Solstice Fruit Pizza

Having something that young people will enjoy making to offer at celebrations is usually a good thing and I try to post at least one option at these times. That is not to say that someone under the age of majority has to be around to make these tasty treats. You can take this idea […]

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Fresh Fruit Salad Shooters

A quick and simple side for Summer Solstice Brunch. The Salmon Florentine Benedicts are filling so something light such as these shooters can be a good balance if hashbrowns are feeling like too much. Strawberries are local here right now and raspberries arrived the day after I took these pictures. Apricots are from the Okanagan […]

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Salmon Florentine Benedict

Round shapes, warm colours and spicy flavours are all aspects to consider incorporating in your celebration of solstice. This brunch favourite checks all the boxes and with the solstice falling on a Sunday this year, you can organize ahead of time and poach the eggs when everyone is back from greeting the morning sun. Enough […]

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Refreshing Herbs & Bubbly

One of the wonderful things about celebrating Summer Solstice in years past was the abundance of fresh things to use as ingredients for preparing meals; tasty herbs, late spring berries, baby salad leaves. Summer would bring excitement for warmth and light but also for having more choices and no longer needing to draw only from […]

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