As I review the lists of various foods one can use for celebrating Lughnasadh/Lammas, I began to get some ideas in my head about different dishes one could make with such. Some of these dishes are ones that I myself have either cooked or eaten at different Sabbat gatherings over the past several years. Others are ideas that came to my mind as I was writing the article, or which come out of my files or various cookbooks.
Below is a list of possible dishes
Fried Squash Blossoms
Fresh Vegetable Soup
Pasta dishes such as lasagna, fettucini alfredo, ravioli, spaghetti or linguini
Pizza (how about making your own – maybe even on the grill?)
Grilled Salmon or other fish
Seafood such as lobster, shrimp, etc.
If you’re a fisherman, how about a fish fry (gotta catch the fish first, of course!)
Fried or Grilled Squash
Fresh Green Beans or Lima Beans
Sweet Corn – on the cob, off the cob, creamed
Rice and Beans
Quick Breads such as Banana Bread, Zucchini Bread, Nut Bread, etc.
Muffins, Scones, Biscuits
Ale or Beer
Mixed Drinks made with mint, lemon/citrus, peach schnapps, blackberry liqueur, etc.
Lemonade (regular, strawberry lemonade, mint lemonade, raspberry lemonade, etc.)
Iced Tea (black tea, herbal tea, mint tea, chamomile tea, rose hip tea, etc.)
These are only suggestions, I am sure that you can come up with other ideas! The main thing is to think about using the ingredients that I listed in my previous post – such as grains, honey, lemon, vegetables, fish, etc. In addition, use those ingredients which you can find fresh from your area – go to local Farmer’s Markets or roadside stands and check out what they have to offer. This is a time for honoring the bounty of the earth and the gift of the sun, so what better way than to cook with fresh produce from your own garden or from farms around you?
And most importantly, cook with love. Have fun while you are cooking. See it as a celebration, not as a chore. Share your food with the people you care about.
I’ll try to post some of my favorite Lughnasadh recipes for you. You might want to check out some of my recipes I have already posted here at the Crossroads.