Friday 15 October 2010

Samhain Cooking

Sweet carrots and parsnips 
Prep time 15 mins
Cook time  35 mins
Servings 3 - 4

1) 1/2 lb carrots
2) 1/2 lb parsnips
3) olive oil, salt and pepper
4) 1 tsp butter
5) 1 tspn honey
6)  1/2 tspn balsamic vinegar (optional)

1) Cut into french fry sticks (1 & 2 ) then toss with 3
2) Place in 400f oven on an oiled cookie sheet turning every 10 mins for 30 mins until tender roasted.
3)Melt butter, 5 & 6 together, take fires out oven and toss with dressing and serve.

Samhain is about the Harvest, it is a fire festival and the last chance to get all the veggies in.  Root veggies are part of the season. So I will be sharing some of my many root veggie recipes..  As I shared recently I was told No more nightshade veggies so there go my favorite french fries so these are a newer recent version since i can't eat sweet potato either. They came out pretty good so i hope ya'll like them.

In the Celtic lands, this is the time when the animals are driven down from the summer grazing lands into the winter yards where the farmer can watch them and protect them.  The people of the land would extinguish their home fires and wait for the Druids to light the Holy Fire near the hills of Tara in Ireland where the daughter of the great Druid Mogh Ruith, who was believed to be a Goddess in her own right, was buried.  Then brands would be taken from this big fire and sent out to the out lands to each home so that their home fires would be lit from the sacred fire.   
The Celtic day actually runs from sundown to sundown,. So Samhain is actually October 31 to November 1 at sundown.  Since this was both the end of the old Celtic year and the New Year also.  

It's a night of divination you can use apple magic as well as dreaming stones.  Apple dishes are best served on this day and "fall" foods like root veggies. I will be adding more recipes for the Samhain Feast, let me know what you think.

Care to share any recipes? Leave a Link or comment on your favorite fall or Samhain recipes in the  comment box and I will swing on over.

Happy cooking witches!!

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