Imbolc, Brigid’s Day, or Candlemas is the season of coming spring, new beginnings, and cleansing. This is the time of year in which the Goddess is recovering from the God’s birth, who is growing a little bigger and stronger every day. The days are lengthening, even as we weather some of the coldest moments of the year. Milk products, such as cheese and cream, are the center of this feast. For vegan practitioners, research the best brands of soy milk and cheese to create variations of these recipes.
- Spinach, Artichoke, and Cheese Dip: A classic bar food, this spread incorporates many different forms of cheeses, making it a perfect starter for this time of you. Use garlic bread or tortilla chips to scoop.
- Curried Lamb: This is the time of year when new life comes to Earth. Lamb is one of the strongest symbols of this phenomenon. I like this particular recipe because it is a lot of taste with only a few ingredients.
- Quesadillas: For the vegetarians in the room, let them make their own quesadillas. Provide green onions, cooked bacon (for those who don’t enjoy lamb), guacamole, salsa, and plenty of cheese.
- Spiced Carrots: Carrots are one of the best vegetables for winter because they have a long shelf life. For this recipe, you’ll need a bag of carrots, an orange, lemon juice, olive oil, cumin, ginger, 1 clove of minced garlic, parsley, salt, and pepper. Put a small pot of water to boil, adding a little zest from the orange so the veggies will keep their color. Slice the carrots in quarter-inch rounds. Place in boiling water and cook until desired consistency. Meanwhile, whisk the juice from the orange, a tsp of lemon juice, a big drizzle of olive oil, cumin, salt, and pepper together. Drain the carrots and toss in dressing. Top with herbs.
- Baked Potatoes: Preheat the oven to 400 Degrees F. Wash and fork the potatoes. Lightly oil and salt the skins and wrap the spud in aluminum foil. Place in oven and bake for 1 hour. Top with sour cream and chives.
- Creme Brulee: This is my all time favorite dessert. The caramelized sugar on the top of this creamy custard make it a perfect ending to this fire festival’s feast.
- Honey Bees: This cocktail was a happy accident one night while I was in college. Put 1 shot of Jack Daniel’s Honey Whiskey in a glass. Top it with chilled ginger ale and enjoy!
- Cakes and Ale: While a Honey Bee is an option for ritual, milk and mead are appropriate choices as well. For cakes it would depend on the ale since there are so many sweet options for this sabat. If you want something savory buy or make croissants. If you decide to use a sweet option, this honey cake recipe is perfect.
© Ariadne Woods