Merry Meet! What a beautiful day it is! We have had a couple of gorgeous weather days. Less humidity, sunshine, and nice breezes. And the Moon…the bright Blue Moon! She has been amazing! I’ll be spending a lot of time under Her tonight..absorbing the energy, collecting and energizing Blue Moon water, charging crystals and tools, and drawing Her down. All by a fire! I’ll also be putting up fresh wards and protections too, again, using that energy. I hope you’re taking advantage of it! After all, there won’t be another for some time!
My plans for Lughnasadh are in place. Tomorrow, I’ll be baking bread and making herbed oils as I do every year. I’m planning on making rosemary olive oil and lemon balm olive oil. They are my favorites! I’m also going to make my own perfume oils and charge them up under that Blue Moon. Wearing them will give me that added boost of energy! If I have time, I’ll be harvesting herbs again as well. If not, I’ll do that on Sun day. My grandkids are coming to spend the night on Lughnasadh night, so I’ll have to see how time goes in the morning 🙂 It’s been a while since they’ve spent the night at Nana’s house and we are planning lots of fun stuff to do. So love having them over, making memories.
I promised I’d be back with a couple of recipes and I found a couple I’ll be trying as well. You can find all the correspondence relating to Lughnasadh/Lammas if you use the search box on the right here on my blog. But as a reminder, the foods for Lughnasadh are wheat, oat and corn breads, barley cakes, corn, potatoes, nuts, squash, berries, apples, pears, crab, grapes, beer and cider. These recipes fit the bill just great!
Fresh Apple and Pear Salad
4 medium apples, leave peels on and slice thinly
2 medium pears, leave peels on and slice thinly
1 medium cucumber, seeded and chopped
1 medium red onion, halved and sliced thinly
1/4 cup apple cider or apple juice
1 Tb snipped fresh dill
1 Tb olive oil
1 Tb spicy brown mustard
2 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
In a large bowl, combine apples, pears, cucumber and onion.
In a small bowl, whisk remaining ingredients until well blended. Pour over apple mixture and toss to coat well
*Makes 6-8 servings.
Hot Baked Crab Dip
1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
1 cup sour cream
1 Tb lemon juice
1 tsp ground mustard
1 tsp seafood seasoning
1/8 tsp garlic salt
3 (6oz) cans lump crabmeat, drained
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/8 tsp paprika
Preheat oven to 325*
In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, sour cream, lemon juice, mustard, seafood seasoning and garlic salt. Fold in the crab.
Transfer to a greased 9″ pie baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese and paprika.
Bake at 325* for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly. Serve warm with crackers. Refrigerate leftovers.
Honey Whole Wheat Oat Bread
*makes 2 loaves
2 cups whole milk
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats plus additional for topping
1/2 cup warm water (105-115°F)
2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1/2 cup honey
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus additional for buttering pans
3 cups whole-wheat flour
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon salt
Vegetable oil for oiling bowl
1 large egg, lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon water
Heat milk in a 1 1/2- to 2-quart saucepan over low heat until hot but not boiling, then remove pan from heat and stir in oats. Let stand, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until cooled to warm.
Stir together water, yeast, and 1 teaspoon honey in a small bowl; let stand until foamy, 5 minutes. (If mixture doesn’t foam, discard and start over with new yeast.) Stir yeast mixture, melted butter, and remaining honey into cooled oatmeal.
Stir together whole-wheat flour, 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, and salt in a large bowl. Add oat mixture, stirring with a wooden spoon until a soft dough forms. Turn out onto a well-floured surface and knead with floured hands, adding just enough of remaining all-purpose flour to keep from sticking, until dough is smooth, soft, and elastic, about 10 minutes (dough will be slightly sticky). Form dough into a ball and transfer to an oiled large bowl, turning to coat. Cover bowl loosely with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel; let rise at warm room temperature until doubled in bulk, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Lightly butter or spray loaf pans. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead several times to remove air. Divide dough in half and shape each half into a loaf, then place 1 loaf in each prepared pan, seam side down, tucking ends gently to fit. Cover loaf pans loosely with a kitchen towel and let dough rise in a draft-free place at warm room temperature until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly brush tops of loaves with some of egg wash and sprinkle with oats, then bake until bread is golden and loaves sound hollow when tapped on bottom, 35 to 40 minutes. (Remove 1 loaf from pan to test for doneness. Run a knife around edge of pan to loosen.)
Remove bread from pans and transfer to a rack to cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours.
I think you’ll love these recipes! I can tell you the crab dip is delicious and so is the bread! The apple-pear salad is a new recipe for me but I’ll be trying it and it sounds delicious!
As the grain dies, it transforms to bread,
and brings us life through the winter.
We bless this bread, and it blesses us in return,
and we are thankful for the gift of the harvest.”
– Patti Wigington
I want to wish you all a very Blessed Lughnsadh and may the Blue Moon shine Her very special energy on you and yours tonight! I also want to again thank my readers and friends for all the support for my blog over the years. It continues to amaze me! It’s so much appreciated. I love your comments and when you let me know how my blog may have had some impact on your life, whether you’ve tried a recipe etc. Thank you so much!
Blessings and Love,