Exploring Irish Cooking: Irish Pea Soup

For lunch on Sunday, I made a pea soup from the Irish cookbook I’ve been exploring.  It was really easy, but I had to substitute vegetable broth for bacon rind or ham bone.  I also used cream instead of milk because I had some in the fridge and I didn’t want it to go to waste.Continue reading “Exploring Irish Cooking: Irish Pea Soup”

Exploring Irish Cooking

I received Irish Traditional Cooking by Darina Allen for Winter Solstice this year.  It had been on my wish list for awhile, so I was really excited to get it.  I’m enjoying it immensely!  While there are, of course, many meat-based dishes, there are a surprising number of vegetarian recipes too!  Some non-vegetarian dishes areContinue reading “Exploring Irish Cooking”

If You Give a Druid a Cup of Tea

(This entry describes my morning.  Written in the style of  If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff.) If you give a Druid a cup of tea, she’ll feel very content, almost meditative. She’ll be moved to give some as an offering to her Ancestors. So, your Druid will go to the householdContinue reading “If You Give a Druid a Cup of Tea”

Blessed Winter Solstice!

  I would like to wish everyone a magical Winter Solstice!  I woke up a little early today to welcome the sun as it rose in Northern NY. The sky, once dark, lightened.  I watched as the sun gilded the tree outside my window.  I slipped out of bed and went outdoors with an offeringContinue reading “Blessed Winter Solstice!”

Dandelions In My Mouth!

Dandelions are my friends.  They always have been.  I’ve never understood the hatred some direct towards these most wonderful, helpful plants.  Sure, we gardeners don’t want them crowding out our other plant allies, but we should accept and embrace their tenacity in our lawns.  They are full of nutrients, possess healing qualities, and are entirely edible!Continue reading “Dandelions In My Mouth!”

The 6th, 7th, and 8th Days of Yule 2013

I hope everyone has been enjoying their Yuletide season!  We just returned from a lovely visit with family.  It is always difficult for me to keep up with rituals when I return home, but I did my best to be mindful of the days. The Sixth Day of Yule This day was dedicated to theContinue reading “The 6th, 7th, and 8th Days of Yule 2013”

Prepping for the Autumn Equinox

My family has grown and I feel pulled to add greater emphasis to our holiday observations.  I’ve always expressed my excitement for Samhain and Winter Solstice through decorating, but I want to explore that with the other High Days as well.  If my daughter is anything like I was as a youngster, it will addContinue reading “Prepping for the Autumn Equinox”

Musings on the Earth Mother and Ancestral Ties in my Kitchen

Even though I don’t observe Easter and its associated feast days, I am grateful for the time off. I’m probably one of a lucky population who feels she works in a great profession that is both socially and intellectually satisfying.  That said, there are many times where a part of me wishes I had moreContinue reading “Musings on the Earth Mother and Ancestral Ties in my Kitchen”