Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

As the wheel turns and we move towards Imbolc, I generally get an urge to clean. It just seems natural to me after the Yule decorations disappear, that clearing cupboards, class supply boxes and fridge of leftovers is the next step. A richly flavoured cookie for the dark half of the year and those who […]

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Pluot Cake

Pluots are part of a group of hybrid fruits known as interspecific plums. Apriums, Apriplums and plumcots are also in this group that are a combination of plums and apricots. Sometimes this happens through natural cross pollination and other times they are man made. Pluot’s parents are Italian prune plums and apricots. They have that […]

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Tomato Pasta Salad

As summer comes to an end, I anticipate the arrival of large field grown tomatoes, ripe and juicy and full of flavour, warmed by long days under a heating sun, nourished by the earth rather than greenhouse hydroponics. There is just something different about the taste that makes me happy. Tomatoes, a fruit of the […]

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Black Beans & Coconut Rice

Along with all the images of fluffy bunnies and decorated eggs or falling leaves and bountiful cornucopias, the Wheel of the Year at this time of the year, has an additional underlying theme of balance, a time when light and dark hold equal time before switching dominance. We all get out of balance for one […]

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Einkorn & Oatmeal Cookies

There are lots of ways to get more nutrition into treats. What works best for you will probably depend on the tastes of your family and style of eating. Disguising vegetables in baking, changing up flours and making different sugar choices can all affect the finished product with higher protein levels, more micronutrients and fewer […]

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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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Vanilla Whiskey Chocolate Cupcakes

I usually think of birthdays as a time when the birthday person should feel special and receive, as much as possible, what they would like. I have pictures of my grandfather in Indonesia, in the early 1900 hundreds, sitting on the “birthday chair”, decorated with fronds and flowers and although not all cultures chose to […]

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Fresh Corn and Red Pepper Cakes

If anyone is waiting on this weekend (2016) to celebrate Mabon together with the full moon, here is a quick fresh corn pancake recipe that can be made larger for meals or smaller, as I have done here for sharing with friends. This full moon is also known as Harvest Moon. Farmers could work well into […]

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Dark and Light Meringues

As equinox approaches, eggs always seem to me a good yardstick ingredient. In days past this would be the start and finish times for egg laying as most chickens need twelve hours of sunlight to produce eggs in rhythm with nature. Additionally I think, the light at this time of the year has a special feel to […]

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Fresh Corn Soup with Crispy Salami

In European cultures, the word “korn” refers to all grains not just what we call corn in North America today. From the harvest comes the tradition of corn dollies and the story of John Barleycorn, making it very appropriate for corn, in some form, to be on a Mabon festival table. It can be a […]

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