Friday, January 30, 2009

Imbolc Recipes

Thou Bride fair charming,
Pleasant to me the breath of thy mouth,
When I would go among strangers
'Thou thyself wert the hearer of my tale.

~Carmina Gadelica Volume 1 by Alexander Carmicheal (1900)

Around February 1st and 2nd there are various holidays observed, such as Candlemas and Groundhog Day, in our household we celebrate Imbolc (Imbolg).

Starting from the new moon before to the full moon afterwards there are various rituals and undertakings to make way for the upcoming year. The new moon is generally for banishment and cleansing, and the full moon is used to focusing on prosperity and new beginnings.

On Imbolc though we like to have some feasting and celebrations (something nice to look forward to with all the hard working going on!!).

Here are a few recipes for you all to try out, even if you don't celebrate Candlemas, Groundhog Day, or Imbolc. :)


Barm Brack

Feather Cake

Baked Custard

Rosehip Wine

Mulligatawny Soup

Blas Meala

Imbolc Butter Cake

Candlemas Crescent Cakes

Small Mead


Chykonys in Bruette




perma_culture said...

I am very excited for bride's day. Thank you for the recipes, the mead will come in handy. We made mead for the first time last year and it did not turn out so well =^(

Anonymous said...

happy imbolc!

Bride of the earth,
sister of the faeries,
daughter of the Tuatha de Danaan,
keeper of the eternal flame.
In autumn, the nights began to lengthen,
and the days grew shorter,
as the earth went to sleep.
Now, Brighid stokes her fire,
burning flames in the hearth,
bringing light back to us once more.
Winter is brief, but life is forever.
Brighid makes it so.

nefaeria said...

Happy Belated Imbolc!

Perma: Sorry to hear the mead didn't work out so well. A blog that you might find handy in this department is Skyclad, she has a few posts on it

Anon: Very pretty, thanks!