Wednesday 26 January 2011

KWW: Imbolc Cake & Ale

this is a fire celebration which centers around the lambs being born, and the ewes coming into milk. So many of the recipes for Imbolc include milk, for the 'ale' part of the ceremony (if people in your coven  or if you are are vegan, you can use almond milk to create the smoothies)
Coconut Banana Smoothie: serves 2
(from this year's Sabbat Almanac) 
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 med ripe banana
  • 4 tbsp coconut milk
  • 6 ice cubes
  • shredded coconut and grenadine (for garnish)
to serve cold: place everything in the blender except the garnish and serve in tall glasses
to serve hot: eliminate the ice, and blend everything then add to the stove and warm slowly once warmed, serve in mugs and garnish as before

Increase the amount needed to make enough for everyone in your circle.

One of the traditional desserts served on Imbolc is Syllabub, this menu item is a treat to have, it’s sweet, without being too strong, when my Grandfather would make it he was a little heavy handed with the sherry & brandy, but you can stick to the recipe and it will come out great.

image courtesy of Wikipedia

There are several recipes on Foodnetwork's webste, but her eis the one I have been using for a few years, it comes from the Celtic Folklore Cooking book (which I modified to taste somewhat like my Grandfather's own).

  • juice and zest of 3 lemons
  • 3/4 cup sherry
  • 2 tbsp Brandy (christian brothers taste best)
  • 5 tbsp sugar
  • 3 cups of heavy cream (the fresher the better)
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • twists of fresh lemon peel
  • stir the first four ingredients together (don't use metal container)
  • Cover and store in a cool dark place for an hour 
  • strain
  • add cream, beat together with whisk until the cream becomes thick, and forms ribbons
  • pour into individual glasses and refridgerate for 2 hours
  • Before serving sprinkle with nutmeg and decorate with lemon peels.

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