Purslane & Mushroom Bean Burgers with Sumac

Purslane falls into that unfortunate category of plants that get ripped out when they get identified as weeds. It is, in fact a highly nutritious vegetable that can be used in all sorts of dishes, from salads to pesto, to burgers, sandwiches or a steamed side dish. Although it also has several additional, not so […]

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Nectarine Salsa

As summer comes to an end there is still time to enjoy the last of the orchard fruits (and get some really good deals!). There can also be the issue of what to do with it all! Being the recipient of a goodly supply of ripe nectarines, I made several calls and spent a lovely […]

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Mabon Candlemaking Thoughts

A very simple melt and pour soy candle and some creative family time, a fun way to celebrate the harvest. The colours of Mabon tend towards warm reds, oranges, yellow, gold and brown with some green thrown in for good measure. I often think of grapes this time of year and so I personally add […]

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Summer Pudding

Summer Pudding is an English recipe I have wanted to try for decades. It is perfect for Lammas as it combines two of the sacred foods of the season, bread and fruit. In Britain, pudding is used as a term to denote all kinds of desserts. It can be, but is not necessarily, a thickened, […]

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Blueberry Muffins with Whey (or not)

July is Blueberry Month and the 11th is Blueberry Muffin Day so what better post than a recipe for….wait for it….Blueberry Muffins! Blueberries, through their Irish kissing cousins, the bilberry, are also associated with Lughnasadh, the first harvest festival on the Wheel of the Year. Wild bilberries would be collected by young people as they […]

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Violet Leaf Salve

Fresh violet blossoms may be a thing of the past for this year but wild violet leaves are another “Gift from the Garden”. Two years ago I dried some leaves and then let them infuse a small jar of avocado oil. The jar disappeared into the back of the “medicine”cupboard and I recently went searching […]

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Mother’s Day Soy & Beeswax Candles

A simple craft for spring, both Mother’s Day and Beltane. Your candles can be smartly modern or cozily old fashioned by your choice of container. Check out the local dollar stores and see what is easily available. Be sure to also look at containers that have tops and can be reused to hold spices, buttons […]

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Cashew, Garlic & Chive Spread

Garlic Day was April 19th and I didn’t get this post completed in time but this nut spread is still a tasty addition to your treasure chest of recipes. It is easy to double the mix for special occasions and guests but in this house, with only two people, these amounts work well for us. […]

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Bacon, Herbs & Pecan Encrusted Cheese “Balls”

The first of the chives are ready in my garden and along with a few warmer days, this quick and easy appetizer will be perfect while enjoying some time in the sun. Don’t turn away if you are not a fan of bacon because leaving it out and upping the nuts and fresh herbs is […]

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Spinach & Feta Pinwheels with garlic and mushrooms

Spring spinach is here and so is a birthday celebration. A savoury pinwheel bun sounded like a nice addition to a weekend brunch, especially for someone not especially into sweets. This recipe is based on the classic 90 minute cinnamon bun version. The dough rests once for 10 minutes and then again for 30 minutes […]

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