“Sweet May hath come to love us,
Flowers, trees, their blossoms don;
And through the blue heavens above us
The very clouds move on.”
– Heinrich Heine, Book of Songs
Merry Meet my friends and readers! It’s a beautiful sunny Sun Day afternoon here in Ohio. Having said that, it’s been quite cold and quite windy! This past week we had a small tornado hit a street in my neighborhood, just 3 blocks away! We also had freezing temps at night and heavy frost 2-3 mornings. So Spring is still….well…like it always is here in April. LOL. It’s been cold enough we’ve had fires going in our fireplace for several evenings..which of course, I Love.
Looking outside though, the green is vivid, trees are bloomed or blooming, plants are coming up and some people have jumped the gun (in my humble opinion) and already planted new flowers in their beds. At my house, a new garden bed is going in by the end of the week, at least, the sod will be pulled up and it will be mulched. NO planting until closer to Mother’s Day or we risk losing the plantings. My perennials are coming up nicely..most of them anyway. I will have to do some replacing here and there. I have garden ideas spinning in my head and I’m aching to get on it…but I must be patient. One thing I was excited about…I finally got a rain barrel! It’s from http://www.greatamericanrainbarrel.com company and it’s hooked up already. Thanks to recent rains, it’s already got 60 gallons of fresh rainwater ready to go! I also love these particular barrels because they are recycled olive barrels..what a great way to use them. It makes me feel great to be conserving water and nothing is better for plants than rain water :) I’m a very happy Witch about that!
I have been perusing recipes for Beltane and thought I would of course share a couple. If you want more recipes, just do a Beltane Recipe search over on the right and you’ll find more. Also, as you may know, I also am the Kitchen Witch for Imramma Magazine (link to the right) and there are more Beltane recipes there. The issue just came out today. AND every week, I also do recipes for The Sunday Stew (link on the right). The Stew is out every Sunday except the Sabbat issues of Imramma. Okay? Be sure and check both out ……there are a lot of great writers, bloggers, news stories, info etc in these publications. I’m proud to be a writer for them.
Foods that correspond to Beltane are: Dairy, honey, oats, red fruits, herbal salads, May wine, red/pink wine, fruit punch, large round oatmeal cakes, and sweets. Keeping those in mind, here’s a couple recipes for you to consider making for you feast!
Oatmeal Cake with Caramel Icing
1-1/4 cups boiling water
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1/4 cup fat-free milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
In a small bowl, pour boiling water over oats; let stand for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat butter and sugars until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in applesauce and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in the oats. Pour into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. *You can use a bundt pan too!
Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with moist crumbs. Cool completely on a wire rack.
For icing, in a small saucepan, combine brown sugar and butter. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk. Return to a boil. Cook and stir 1 minute longer. Transfer to a small bowl. Stir in vanilla and salt. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Immediately spread icing over cake. Let stand until set.
This next recipe isn’t really a recipe, but a wonderful way to get in some fruits and dairy for a Beltane treat.
Fruit and Cheese Skewers
6 Bamboo skewers
12 miniature balls fresh mozzarella cheese
12 small basil leaves
12 large blackberries
Thread each of the 6 skewers from the bottom to top with cheese ball, basil leaf and blackberry and repeat again so there are 2 of each item on the skewer
Serve cold, drizzled with small amount of balsamic vinegar. Delicious!
*You can of course change this up however you like. You use other berries like strawberry, blueberry, or raspberry. You can use a different cheese too if you like.
And for something good with honey :)
Cold Lemon Honey Tea
4 cups water
3 inches fresh ginger, thinly sliced
1/4 cup loose-leaf Darjeeling tea or other loose-leaf black tea
1/2 of a 12-ounce can (3/4 cup) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1/3 cup honey
Ice cubes or crushed ice
Lemon slices and fresh mint for garnish
Vodka, gin or bourbon (optional)
In a medium saucepan, bring the water and ginger to boiling. Remove from heat. Add tea. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Pour tea mixture through a fine mesh strainer; discard ginger and tea leaves.
Transfer tea to a 1 1/2-quart pitcher. Stir in lemonade concentrate and honey, stirring until honey is dissolved. Cool for 30 minutes. Cover; chill for at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours. Stir before serving.
Serve punch in glasses over ice. Garnish with lemon slices. Chill remaining tea for up to 1 day.
For a single cocktail, pour vodka, gin, or bourbon (to taste) into a ice-filled glass; then add the lemon honey tea.
*I most definitely add a bit of vodka :)
I am hoping you’ll try these recipes and if you do, please let me know! Your family/friends will love them. I wish for all of you to have a very Blessed Beltane. May you dance by the fires with the fairies!
Blessings and Love, Autumn