Lughnasad is upon us! The translation of this holiday’s name literally means “loaf mass.” Like. It is a holiday about bread.
Okay it is not entirely about bread. Lughnasad also known as Lammas is the celebration of the first harvest. The Goddess is fruitful and even as the God’s power is waning he is growing in wisdom. When considering your menu for your Lammas feast, consider what is in season: tomatoes, zucchini, blueberries, corn, cherries, basil, peaches, etc. You also are going to want to incorporate at least one baked good into your menu. Again, loaf mass. Below are a couple of ideas to get you started.
- Bread with Homemade Butter: Whether you buy the loaf from a bakery or grocery store or plan to break out your bread maker, warm fresh bread is integral to this celebration. Pairing it with fresh butter (super easy even for the laziest cook) will make this appetizer an elegant show stopper. I personally prefer sour dough for its slightly sharp flavor.
- Corn and Tomato Salad: This recipe is so refreshing. It is easy and just requires you to assemble some ingredients. A perfect start to a Lughnasad feast. It would also be great to bring to a pot luck.
- Pasta with a No Cook Pasta Sauce: I do not know about you, but it has been monstrously hot where I live. I want to spend the least amount of time next to my stove as possible. So in that case, consider these pasta sauces, which requires just a little shopping and for some recipes a food processor.
- Grilled Chicken: If you have access to an outdoor grill, take advantage of the lovely weather and cook outside. If not, use your grill pan and enjoy your AC.
- Three Bean Salad: Super easy, classic Pennsylvanian recipe. Take 1 can of red kidney beans, 1 can of black beans, and 1 can of green beans. Drain them and put them in a mixing bowl. Add 1/2 a red onion (finely chopped), 1/4 to 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar (to taste), a drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper, and a dash of oregano. Let sit for a half hour so the beans can marinate.
- Summer Fruit Salad: Blueberries, blackberries, peaches, oh my!
- Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chips: Grocery stores and CSAs are overflowing with zucchini this time of year. Take advantage of this bounty to do a ton of baking. Plus if you bake a few loafs and stick them in the freezer, they’ll last you for a couple of months. You can even use this as your ritual cake!
- Peach Blackberry Cobbler: I got to hand it to my girl CharmingPixieFlora. This is a kickass recipe. I would add fresh whipped cream on the side so each of your guests can assemble as they please.
- Roasted Cherry Sangria: Your guests will go crazy for this cocktail!
For the cakes and ale, use any of the recipes above. If sangria is not your thing, a good IPA or summer ale will work. Lemonade is also an amazing option for kids any anyone in recovery.
© Ariadne Woods