Merry Meet my friends! We are having a beautiful sunny and HOT day here in Ohio. This morning it was really quite lovely..not too hot yet..I went out and watered the gardens and just had a cup of coffee and listened to the birds for a bit. Here we are past 4th of July already and for me Summer seems to be going quite fast. I am..yes..already thinking about Autumn..as it’s my favorite time of year…as those who know me already know that Lughnasadh or Lammas is approaching quickly also. I have my altars to do, some bread baking to do, I want to make some herbal oils and vinegars also. I plan on making rosemary infused olive oil to use on salads and to marinate meats etc. It’s delicious and I can use my own rosemary thats growing in my own pots.
Ok..on to the recipes…I always like to post my magickal recipes for Sabbat oil and loose incense first…so here is the recipes for those….
Lughnasadh Oil Blend
2 drops Peppermint
3 drops Pine
1 drop Fir
1 drop Hazelnut
Use 1/8 cup Corn Oil for Base
*If you can’t find these oils..just substitute for other scents you like…you can use my Correspondence to find other scents that are great for this Sabbat!
1 part basil
1/2 part cinnamon bark
1 part coriander
2 parts goldenrod
1 part heather
1/2 part rosemary
2 parts Sweet Annie (you can use dried apple blossoms if you don’t have Sweet Annie)
1 part yarrow
*Again, substitute if you don’t have all the ingredients or just use some of them
Ok, now on to the stuff that is Yummy for our Tummys! Remember that this is the first Harvest Festival..so you want to use lots of your fresh veggies from your gardens..start thinking about Autumn and apples and pears …warm breads from the ovens…late summer squash etc.
Spiced Apple Cider
2 qts. apple cider
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tb sugar
2 tsp whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp nutmeg
1 cup Captain Morgan’s Spice Rum (or more! )
Warm up all the ingredients except the rum…add the rum at the very end so that you don’t cook away the alcohol….(that would be very sad)…This makes enough for several mugs….enjoy!
Oat Nut Bread
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup honey
1 tb butter
1 tsp salt
2 cups boiling water
4 cups unbleached flour, divided 1 packet dry yeast
1/4 cup water, 90 degrees temp
1 cup pecans, broken
Place oats, honey, butter, and salt into a large mixing bowl. Pour 2 cups of boiling water over them and stir well. Stir in 2 cups of flour. While this mixture cools, dissolve the dry yeast in 1/4 cup of 90-degree water. After about 10 minutes, stir the yeast mixture into the oat mixture, mixing thoroughly. Stir in 1 cup of pecans. Work in 2 cups of flour. Turn the dough out onto a floured board, and with floured hands, knead the dough for 8 – 10 minutes. Keep enough flour on the board and your hands to prevent the dough from sticking. Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover it with a damp cloth. Let the dough rise in a warm, draft-free place for 1-1/2 hours, or until it has doubled in bulk. Punch the dough down, and turn it out onto a floured board, this time kneading it for about 5 minutes. Shape the dough into two equal-sized loaves, place them in two greased loaf pans. Let the loaves rise, covered with a damp cloth, in a warm place until they have doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. Bake in a pre-heated 375-degree oven for about 45 minutes. Turn out onto wire racks to cool. Let loaves cool completely before wrapping to store.
Sweet Corn Bread
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
2/3 cup white sugar
1 tsp salt
3 1/2 tsps baking powder
1 egg 1 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray or lightly grease a 9 inch round cake pan. In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking powder. Stir in egg, milk and vegetable oil until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
Raspberry and Pear Salad with Candied Walnuts
For Candied Walnuts:
2 tsp butter
1 tb sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tb water
2/3 cup walnuts, halved
For Salad Dressing:
3 tb raspberry vinegar
1 tb honey
1 tb cooking oil
2 tsp sesame oil
3 bunches of lettuce
2 asian pears, cubed
8 oz rasberries
1/4 of a red onion, chopped
8 oz blue cheese, crumbled
In a small skillet, melt butter. Add sugar, salt, pepper and water and stir til smooth. When it’s bubbling, add walnuts and stir until well coated. Cook for about 5 minutes until walnuts are carmelized. Set aside and cool before putting on salad.
Whisk honey and vinegar until until smooth. Add oils and stir until creamy.
Mix Salad ingredients together into large salad bowl. Add walnuts. Then toss in dressing.
Hot Crab Dip
1 can crabmeat, drained
1 8 oz pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 tb horseradish
1 tb minced onion
1 tsp worchesteshire sauce
salt & pepper to taste
Mix above ingredients together and place in a greased casserole dish. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 325* for 30 minutes or until bubbly.
*Great with grainy crackers, veggies etc.
Corn on the Cob with Basil-Parmesan Butter
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed garlic
4 ears corn, husked
In a small bowl, mash together butter, cheese, basil, salt, pepper, and garlic.
Brush about 1 tablespoon of seasoned butter over each ear of corn. Grill directly over medium heat until browned in spots and tender, 10 to 15 minutes, turning occasionally.
Serve warm with remaining butter.
*I think this would be really great with rosemary instead of basil or cilantro! With cilantro, you can squeeze some lime juice on the corn as well…yummy! I’ll be trying that soon!
Oven Roasted Summer Vegetables
1 med zucchini, sliced
1 med summer squash, sliced
1 med red bell pepper, chopped
1 med yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 lb fresh asparagus, cut in 1 inch pieces
1 med red onion, chopped
3 tbs olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
Pre-heat oven to 450*
Put all veggies into large roasting pan and cover with other ingredients
Spread evenly in pan
Roast for 30 min.s, stir occasionally until lightly brown
*Use more oil if you’d like
Potato/Zucchini Grill Pockets
Using heavy tin foil, tear off however many pieces you need, one for each person, and enough to make a rectangular tin foil packet.
Slice one potato, thin, for each packet
Slice about 1/2 zucchini, thin, for each packet
Slice yellow onion, in thin rings, and put desired amount in each packet
salt & pepper to taste
Top with pats of butter and/or olive oil
Seal packet by closing sides and rolling across the top
Place on a med temperature grill and cook for about 30 minutes..until everything is soft. Really fresh and delicious.
2 lbs white seedless grapes
2 lbs red seedless grapes
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
8 oz sour cream
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup pecans, crushed
Wash grapes and remove any stems, and set aside.
Mix cream cheese and sour cream with sugar and vanilla in a large bowl. Mix Well. Stir in grapes. Top with brown sugar and pecans. Refrigerate overnight. Sounds yummy doesn’t it!
Caramel Apple Walnut Squares
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup cold butter
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 21 oz can apple pie filling * I see no reason why you can’t just thinly slice fresh apples and sprinkle a little sugar on them for this recipe.
Preheat oven to 375*. In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, sugar, baking soda and salt; cut in butter until crumbly. Reserving 1 1/2 cups crumb mixture, press remainder on bottom of a 13″ x 9″ baking pan. Bake 15 mins. Add walnuts to reserved crumb mixture.
In a heavy saucepan, over low heat, melt caramels with condensed milk, stirring until smooth. Spoon apple filling over prepared crust, top with caramel mixture, the top with reserved crumb mixture.
Bake 20 mins or until set. Cool. Serve warm with ice cream if desired.
All of these recipes either sound delicious..or I know for a fact they are ….as they are from my own kitchen! Many of these will be just as wonderful in November as they are in August. Let me know if you try any..I’d love to know if you did. When I do research online, I often find the very same recipes posted on hundreds of websites or blogs…for my own feasts, I prefer to come up with my own recipes that make sense to me..that work for the season …that are fresh and delicious etc. Use mine or use your own from your own recipe box..you can’t go wrong. There is nothing less magickal about doing that then using the recipes everybody else is doing. Make what YOU like!
I’ll post a ritual and my altar pics soon..until then, continue having a beautiful summer….make the most of it!
“Whilst August yet wears her golden crown,
Ripening fields lush- bright with promise;
Summer waxes long, then wanes, quietly passing
Her fading green glory on to riotous Autumn.”
– Michelle L. Thieme
Blessings and Love, Autumn