Litha Recipes

The Summer Solstice is coming up fast.  It’s on a Friday night, so why not host a feast!  Here are a couple of tasty recipes to get you started.

  • Roasted or Grilled Veggies: Asparagus, broccoli, peppers, even early squash drizzled with olive oil, salt, and pepper.  350 degree F oven for 20 minutes or so.  If you want to step them up, add a couple cloves of garlic to the roasting pan or marinade.
  • Tacos: For me, summer invokes memories of my dad making refried beans and fresh guacamole.  Put the fillings–meat, beans, tomatos, salsa, sour cream, etc.–in small bowls so that each person can have fun assembling their Litha feast.
  • Fresh Fruit: Berries, bananas, peaches, pears, grapes.  Chop, mix, eat.
  • Mediterranean Salad: 1 can of chick peas drained, 1 large tomato chopped, 1 English cucumber diced, 1 small red onion diced, 1 jar of artichokes drained, 1 container of Kalamala olives pitted, and 1 block of diced (you can crumble, but I like bigger pieces) of feta.  Combine in a bowl.  In a small, separate bowl whisk the juice of 1 lemon, a handful of mint chopped, salt, pepper, and a little olive oil.  Drizzle over veggies and enjoy.
  • Lemon Pudding Cake with Fresh Mixed Berries: A light, refreshing dessert.
  • Fruit Tarts:  Super easy.  My favorite combination is strawberry-apricot.
  • Mojitos:  This is a drink that pairs well with whatever you make for dinner.  Plus, drinking rum makes you feel a little bit like a pirate!
  • Lemonade:  You can buy this from the grocery store or farmer’s market.  Or get a bunch of lemons, sugar, and seltzer water to make something special and bubbly.
  • Ritual Cakes and Ale: You could do any of the desserts or drinks above.  Or if you want something different, buy a bottle of white wine this week.  Open it up, add a couple of sprigs of rosemary, cork, and refrigerate until your ready for the your solstice celebration.  Pair with short bread (homemade or store bought).

© Ariadne Woods


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