Sunday, July 4, 2010

Lammas crafts and recipes

Lammas is almost here! It's absolutly one of my favorite sabbats, even though I say that about all the sabbats. :\ Although this one really really is because it's just 2 days before my birthday!! Yayers! Seriously though, it's such a warm, relaxing sabbat; the work is done for the summer (mostly) and we can just sit back for a little bit and enjoy the amazing bounty. It's still plenty hot out and the days are just barely shortening. It's harvesty, but not very 'fall' to me.
And there's actually a handful of crafts for it. Even if they aren't great.

Apple candle holders. What better way to celebrate the harvest then by wasting a couple of apples by sticking candles in them? Pretty though.

A corn hust chain is a cool idea. It would have been great when the farmer planted corn in our field last year. This year he's planted nothing...

A grape vine pentacle wreath. This is actually a good craft for any time.

At Lammas, honey is a big deal. I guess it's the time of year honey is most plentiful. I don't really know though because like everyone else now days, I get my honey 24/7 from a grocery store. But the point is, honey is yummy and makes suprisingly good cosmetics. Here are a couple of things you can make with honey and some easily obtained ingredients.

This one is a honey lavender milk bath. Sound weird? Well it's not. Honey and milk are both amazing for your skin and lavender just smells great. I think this would be cool for a ritual Lammas bath or something.

This is a honey cleanser. Honey is great for your face because it has antiseptic properties, helps reduce pores, gets rid of black heads, and softens your skin.

This is a corn husk doll, which is a popular decoration for many Sabbats, but especially Lammas and Samhain

Now for recipes. Lammas is obviously a harvesting day, so I've included many recipes that use herbs, because that's something I've been harvesting.

Lemon, sage, and garlic chicken:

Rosemary potatoes. Can't wait to make these:,1738,129185-242193,00.html

Sage and Onion Roast Potatoes:

4 teaspoons of dried sage or 8 teaspoons of freshly chopped sage
4 tablespoons of sunflower oil
1 finely chopped onion
4 tablespoons of medium oatmeal
Potatoes, peeled and cut to desired size (this coating is enough for about 4 or 5 lbs/2 or 3 kilos.)
salt to taste

Par boil the potatoes then just when they are beginning to soften remove from heat and drain. Place in baking tray and rub the coating all over them (careful!) - roast in a hot oven until nice and crispy (30 minutes plus). You might want to baste with a little more oil half way through for extra crispiness!
Variation: sesame roast potatoes - coat the potatoes in sunflower oil and plenty sesame seeds before roasting - this has a lovely flavour too.

Herbal muffins, because this is a big bread sabbat:

1/2 cup of vegetable shortening
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
3 teaspoons of baking powder
1 cup of milk
1 tablespoon italian seasoning
1 tablespoon oregano

cut shortening into flour, sugar, baking powder, salt & herbs, until it looks like fine crumbs. Stir in milk until dough leaves the side of the bowl. Drop dough by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet Bake for 10 to 12 minutes at 450 ยบ remove biucuits from cookie sheet immediately when done.

Covenstead Bread:

3/4 cup water
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup chopped citron
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons anise seeds
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Add honey, citron, sugar, and anise seeds. Stir until sugar dissolves and then remove from heat. Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and spices, and fold into the hot hone mixture. Turn batter into a well-greased 9x5x3 inch pan and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for one hour. Turn out on a wire rack to cool. This recipe yields one loaf of bread.

And for those of us with a handy bread machine, there are another few herb recipes:

So that's all I've been able to find. Hope somebody can use it!