Corn Husk Kitchen Witch “Dolly”

A kitchen witch is a poppet, traditional to northern European countries, usually made from left over bits of material, in the form of a hag riding her broomstick. They hung in kitchen windows and were said to bring blessings and good food. Corn dollys or corn mothers are a form of straw work with a […]

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Kicking Up Summer Drinks with Leftovers

It is berry season! If you are putting up jams and compotes and shrubs and jellies and sauces, then it is quite possible that you will have leftovers: Simple sugar syrup Fresh fruit Strained jams Fruit purees Fruit syrups This happens quite naturally when cooking from a recipe that does not match the box size […]

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Corn & Blueberry Salad with Feta

I was invited to a South African┬áBring and Braai last week. To braai is to BBQ and this was a birthday party to boot! Along with the BBQ were a selection of salads and one stood out as a wonderful option for Lughnasadh. I have posted recently about the tradition of picking the first bilberries […]

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Ricotta in Filo with Blueberry Sauce

Filo rolls can fill the bill in many places, served savoury with fillings like spinach and garlic or sweet with any number of fruits. Appetizer, main course or dessert are all possible if you have a box of ready made filo at home. The challenge can be that once the box is open, the pastry […]

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Peaches in Rose Honey with Almond Waffles

With Lammas happening on a long weekend here in Canada this year, there was the possibility of having a celebratory brunch instead of the “get the day going” options usually consumed on the run. I have been hanging out at the Chilliwack Night Market Saturday evenings with my table and brought home some ripe and […]

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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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Watermelon Salad

Summer brings the opportunity for light meal options to combat the heat. This watermelon, ricotta and smoked turkey salad fits that bill, served either as a full meal or a side for a Lammas potluck. You probably have seen recipes for watermelon with feta but this is a way to bring all your fresh herbal […]

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Fruit Torte

I live in a valley with major fruit growing operations. This time of year, driving down many streets includes waiting while the big picking machines move from field to field to brush the blueberry bushes and gather up the bounty. There are lots of recipes for cakes that include cooked fruit but this time of […]

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Fruit & Nut Cookie Flan

Lammas is one of the greater Sabbats in the Witches calendar year, celebrated on the first of August above the equator. It is known as a celebration of the first fruits and first corn (grain) harvest of the year; a little out of sync with the rhythm of the land here the last few years. […]

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Trifle Parfaits

Things do not always go as planned and my kitchen is no different. For a number of reasons, including the fact that my camera blew up, my Lughnasa cake did not get as much heat as it needed for as long as it needed, so I thought I would fess up and show you my […]

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