Tarta De Venus: A Not So Traditional Easter Cake – Gather Victoria

We may not be able to feast with family and friends or have 2 cups of almond flour in the cupboard right now – but I hope you can find a special and delicious dish to make this holiday.  Cakes, bread, and other foods offered to Venus and ancient Goddesses were believed to ensure blessings … Continue reading Tarta De Venus: A Not So Traditional Easter Cake – Gather Victoria

A Passion For Violet: A Video Preview – Gather Victoria

I’ve been busy making videos on foraging & eating wild spring greens over at Gather Victoria Patreon but in April with the entrance of Venus, Goddess of Beauty and Love, I’ll be paying homage to her flower. Yes, that spring seductress of the wild woodland –  violet. Used in perfumes, enchantments, and love-spells throughout the ages this … Continue reading A Passion For Violet: A Video Preview – Gather Victoria

Wild Spring Greens: A Superfood Recipe Round-up! – Gather Victoria

Today there is a huge demand for antiviral and immune-supportive herbs amid growing concern over COVID-19. Many are sold right out as herbalists scramble to get packages out. But don’t worry – I’ve got good news – the wild spring greens are here! Jam-packed with “nutraceuticals” known to have antiviral, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, immune supportive and … Continue reading Wild Spring Greens: A Superfood Recipe Round-up! – Gather Victoria

Wild Cakes for Camossung: A Prayer For Restoring The Garden – Gather Victoria

I want to honor the ancestral food systems of the land I live on and harvest from – and love with all my heart. It is in this spirit that I offer these cakes in honor of Camossung. Whether they are native, ornamental or invasive, food plants grow in abundance in every glade, nook, cranny and … Continue reading Wild Cakes for Camossung: A Prayer For Restoring The Garden – Gather Victoria

Drinking in Spring Blossoms: Red Flowering Currant Elixir – Gather Victoria

And let me tell you, during the past cold dreary winter months, it has been a favorite remedy. Just a few drops on the tongue or a splash in sparkly water brings a little sweet spring sunshine into my step! The blossoms, however, are so beloved by bees and hummingbirds, I harvest very sparingly. Which makes my … Continue reading Drinking in Spring Blossoms: Red Flowering Currant Elixir – Gather Victoria

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 … Continue reading Spring Cleaning! The Magical Besom – Gather Victoria

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

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

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 … Continue reading Imbolc Lavender & Rosemary Seed Cake – Gather Victoria

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