Web & Book Review: Lughnasadh (Lammas) Celtic Harvest Festival
Lughnasadh was one of the four main festivals of the medieval Irish calendar: Imbolc at the beginning of February, Beltane on the first of May, Lughnasadh in August and Samhain in November, and is related to Lammas.
This website offers a background about “the Celtic harvest festival on August 1st [that] takes its name from the Irish god Lugh.” Includes a description of the history of the festival and its celebrations, and recipes for dishes inspired by the events, such as bilberry jam [blaeberry] and potato griddle cakes [boxty]. [LII]
Celtic: Folklore Cooking (Book Review)
Exploring festivals of different cultures with your kids gives the family an opportunity to learn and discover together. One way to visit these traditions is through food. Celtic: Folklore Cooking by Joanne Asala is treasury of recipes that can help you select foods to cook and serve while learning more about these festivals.
In Asala’s book, her recipes for traditional dishes are all nestled among colorful food-related proverbs, poems, tales, customs, and other nuggets of folk wisdom. Each recipe lists ancient and modern holidays associated with the dish so you can select the perfect fare to complement the season. The ancient Celts celebrated their Sabbats with music, dance, games, food, and drink. Whether you are a solitary practitioner or a part of a larger group, food and drink should always be a part of your festivities, rituals, and ceremonies. This book can be the key to a wide variety of foods that will make you the talk of the town!
Recipes include: Heather Wine, Pratie Oaten, Beestings Pancakes, Hot Cross buns, Figgy Pudding, Boxty on the Griddle, Barm Brack, Colcannon, Cockle Soup, Flower Pudding, Flummery, Mead, among others
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