Thursday, May 1, 2008
Today was Beltane, a Sabbat that I often neglect to celebrate. This year, however, I was feeling a bit gloomy and decided that some cooking/crafting/entertaining would cheer me, and what better reason than Beltane?
So this morning I planned a last minute feast and plan for making our own miniature May Pole, zipped around to the grocery store and craft store after work gathering the necessary ingredients. I formed the "fertility bread" which was a ton of fun...evil grin....tossed the salad and enjoyed a glass of wine while waiting for the guests to arrive. Bambi gathered the ribbons and flowers for the maypole, set up a crafty area; Kali mixed the dressing and decorated the maypole; Kevin did the assembly and provided a lovely bottle of chilled champagne. Along with my children and their respective boyfriends, we were also joined by several of Kali & Kevin's friends which was the perfect amount of maypole dancers!
Later in the evening we headed out to the herb garden where Kevin provided us all with seeds to plant - beets for the girls, cucumbers for the boys. (yes, Beltane is all about symbolism!) We toasted our efforts, honored the earth and invited the fairies to come frolic in our garden.
The guests headed home, I am off to bed happy and content having honored a special Sabbat in a very meaningful way.
Bright Beltane Blessings to all!
On My Hearth:
Early Summer Salad
Let's face it, May isn't exactly the time when your garden is in full bloom. In fact, your principal crop right now may be mud. But never fear -- there are a ton of early summer greens and fruits you can combine into a salad, making this the perfect beginning to your Beltane feast! Make sure, though, when shopping, that you use the freshest ingredients.
* 2 C leafy greens, such as baby spinach or arugula
* 2 C dandelion leaves, washed and drained
* 1 tomato, diced
* 1/2 C diced cucumber (remove seeds)
* 4 green onions, chopped
* A few leaves of basil, chopped
* 1/2 C nuts, chopped
* 1 C. fresh raspberries or strawberries
* 2 hardboiled eggs, sliced
* 1/2 C extra virgin olive oil
* 1/4 C strawberry vinegar
* 2 tsp Dijon mustard
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 Tbsp honey
* A pinch of salt and pepper
Combine all salad ingredients in a bowl. Whisk dressing ingredients together, and serve over salad. This is a perfect meal to eat out on the patio, with some soft buttered bread and a glass of wine.
Breads seem to be one of the staple foods of Pagan and Wiccan rituals. If you can tie your break baking into the theme of the Sabbat, even better. In this recipe, I've taken an uncooked loaf of bread (available in the refrigerated section of your grocery) and turned it into a phallus.
To make your fertility bread, you'll need the following:
* 1 loaf refrigerated bread dough
* Melted butter
The phallus bread, naturally, represents the male. He is the horned god, the lord of the forest, the Oak King, Pan. To make the phallus, use one of your refrigerated tubes of dough. Cut the dough into three pieces as shown by the lines in Figure 1. The longest piece is, of course, the shaft of the phallus. Use the two small pieces to form the testes, and place them at the bottom of the shaft (see Figure 2). Use your imagination to shape the shaft into a penis-like shape.
Once you’ve shaped your bread, allow it to rise in a warm place for an hour or two. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until golden brown. When it comes out of the oven, brush with a glaze of melted butter. Use in ritual or for other parts of your Beltane celebrations.