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Spring Cleaning! The Magical Besom – Gather Victoria

Happy Spring Equinox!  Blue skies and blossoms, what a day to welcome the official coming of spring! Spring cleaning is a ritual deeply rooted in the lore of the Vernal Equinox, a time to purify the home of stagnant energies and prepare it for the vitalizing energy of spring and summer. And no spring cleaning could begin without the creation

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Foraging & Cooking with Ornamental Purple Plum Blossom: Spring Floral Confections! – Gather Victoria

The following creations will give you some inspiration on the different ways you can use plum blossom. They may or may not make it into the final collection spring recipes (and will still undergo some finishing) but here are a few of my experiments so far… I use fresh blossoms immediately and store a few branches in a beautiful vase

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Golden & Sunny Fornalacia Loaf: Bread Magic for The Feast of The Ovens – Gather Victoria

Fornacalia was a moveable feast and its official date was posted each year in the Forum. In early Rome, it was likely determined by the new moon, which was the first day of the month which Roman priests announced from Capitoline Hill. And as spring began officially somewhere between February 5th -7th, (also the beginning of Fornacalia)  I also think

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Imbolc Lavender & Rosemary Seed Cake – Gather Victoria

Brigid was believed to be a teacher of ‘herbcraft” and so many plants and flowers sacred to her, such as sage, heather, violets, rosemary, angelica, and blackberry were often featured in Imbolc foods. Each came with their own magical purpose. Sun herbs, for example, brought their powers of purification, protection, and prosperity, which were ritual themes throughout all Imbolc celebrations. As

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La Befana Cake: Honouring The Old Witch of Winter – Gather Victoria

According to Italian anthropologists and authors Claudia and Luigi Manciocco, Befana’s origins back to Neolithic beliefs in a great goddess associated with fertility and agriculture. Author Judika Illes writes, “Befana may predate Christianity and may originally be a goddess of ancestral spirits, forest, and the passage of time.” In the book Vestiges of Ancient Manners and Customs, Discoverable in Modern

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Dark Chocolate Cheesecake: An Offering For Hecate’s Night – Gather Victoria

So on Hecate’s Night, in honour of She who Ensouls All, I will offer this Triple Chocolate Cheesecake. Made with a blend of dark, milk and white chocolate, ricotta cheese and featuring a dark chocolate almond crust, it is lightly spiced with cardamom and lavender (some of her traditional offerings) and the not so traditional addition of wild fennel seeds and (just

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Sticky Toffee Acorn Bundt Cake: A Prize Winning Recipe! – Gather Victoria

I think acorn flour is wonderful in baking – especially cookies, muffins, and cakes. (And I’ll be including more recipes in the upcoming Gather Autumn E-Cookery Book for Gather Patrons.) Acorn flour has a mild but rich nutty flavor – once the tannins have been leached that is. Acorns contain tannins, bitter compounds that not only taste bad but can upset tummies.

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Crabapple & Rosemary Hand Pies: Ancestral Offerings for Mabon – Gather Victoria

Mabon is the modern pagan name for the old Anglo-Celtic harvest festivals usually occurring on or roundabout the Autumn Equinox. And while we’re not sure what it was originally called, it marks the time of some of the oldest harvest celebrations in Europe. And there can be no perfect food for celebrating the official arrival of fall. Associated with harvest

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Dandelion Blossom Gnocchi: Golden Dumplings in Garlic Cream Sauce – Gather Victoria

Dandelion blossoms have a long culinary history, most often made into wine, cordials, jellies, vinegars, fritters, added to salads and the buds are popular pickled. I love to use them whenever I can in cooking, throwing them into muffins, scones, breakfast egg cups, cookies – you name it. Dandelion Blossom Gnocchi just takes your standard potato gnocchi recipe but incorporates

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Fragrant Linden Blossom Sun Cake: A Magical Midsummer Treat – Gather Victoria

The Linden is the national tree of Latvia and is frequently mentioned in folklore, fairy tales, and the Latvian dainas (traditional songs).  Associated with the feminine aspects of nature, linden was one of the most important ritual plants for celebrating the summer solstice. It was gathered and woven into garlands and wreaths that decorated the home, the garden, even the livestock. This

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