Pear and Pecan Loaf

Pears trees can live a very long time and so in Chinese traditions, the pear is linked to immortality. It is also connected to partings as the word for separation and pear is the same and is the source of the custom of not sharing pears with others. The tale of Prometheus links golden pears (sometimes […]

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Apple Cinnamon Rolls with Rum Soaked Raisins and Cream Cheese Glaze

I can feel the cooler temperatures in the breeze today and for me, it is such a relief to experience the drop of air pressure that says fall is on its way here. The last of the seasonal fruits are getting ready for harvest, grapes, plums, pears and of course, apples. Mabon is coming and […]

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Salted Crabapple Maple Syrup Caramel Sauce

In the process of looking for something a little different for a Mabon dessert, I decided to do a little experimenting with all those crabapples I was using up last week. My intention was a more adult flavour and not something you could find on every store shelf. I wanted to plate a dessert that […]

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The Mabon Crone Goddess

For those that follow a Goddess related path, Mabon is a time for welcoming the Crone aspect of The Triple Goddess. She is the waning moon, the dark Goddess; black with the coming of death and full with the wisdom of life experience. Hag is another name for this aspect of the Goddess and while […]

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Ginger (or not) Crabapple Jelly

I like jelly, the clear jewel tones of nature captured in sugar on the breakfast table or melted and brushed as a glaze over a summer fruit tart. One or two jars of homemade goodness are usually tucked away in the back corner of the pantry for “special” experiments. From my never ending bounty of […]

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Cornbread for Mabon – Part Three

Vibrant fall colours, like the oranges, reds and purples we see in autumn leaves and Michaelmas daisies are wonderfully appropriate additions to a Mabon table. Golden hued apricots, the intense reds of cranberries and the earthy shades of purple grapes all reflect the tones of fall. There are many ways to bring these colours to […]

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Cornbread for Mabon – Part Two

In the Hopi legends of the beginning of this world, the story is told of the tribes that had been cared for under the ground while the Earth was healed. When they emerged and gathered together in one place, each was asked to choose the seeds of a grain. The choices made determined where in […]

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Cornbread for Mabon – Part One

“…By and by the harvest and the labour ended, we shall come rejoicing bringing in the sheaves…” If you have a Protestant connection somewhere in your past you will likely find these words familiar. They come from a hymn by Knowles Shaw. Mabon, named for the son/sun of Modron, Welsh goddess of Motherhood is the […]

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Pear, Camembert & Rosemary Tarts

So after yesterday’s post you might have a little bit of dough left over. I was looking for a quick treat to finish off the pastry and had a left over pear. This is what happened when I opened the fridge. You will need for the pastry: 3/4 cup plus 4 tsp flour 1/2 cup […]

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Pear & Almond Tart with Maple Rum Cream

Yes, autumn is coming. The breezes have that lovely first hint of coolness to them. The leaves are dropping and all around the garden, plants are getting ready to go to sleep. I haven’t pulled morning glory out of the hedge in at least a week! But it is not here yet, so before we […]

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