Lughnasadh 2020 – And Celtic Autumn Begins Once Again…

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Albeit we have been catapulted out of our regular experience of time and space, this year, the Wheel of the Year continues to turn. With the harvesting festival of Lughnasadh, also known as Lammas and often celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of August, Celtic Autumn begins, once again.

Traditionally the harvest of grains and corn was celebrated around this time and bread has been an integral part of the annual celebrations.

Believe it or not, I had not been aware of the bread part until very recently. Regardless of my unawareness I always developed a craving for bread at this time of year – which started, again, a few days ago. I could eat bread all day – for breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper… and in-between. I had been wondering about this. When I researched some ideas for special meals on Lughnasadh, a couple of days ago, I became aware that this is absolutely in tune with the seasons!

I think, our system knows these things. We just need to allow ourselves to listen.

Speaking of harvest time… I wanted to share a few impressions of our makings in July. Some of them I have shared, before. Like so many other things, it’s a bit different from the previous years… But in a way that’s life, isn’t it? Ever changing…

Starting the month with our homemade, vegan meal on 4th of July – the burgers were made from rice waffels, the buns we made according to an English-muffin recipe, instead of bacon we used marinaded beet root, the hot-dogs were made from lacto-fermented carrots, the burger-sauce was made from homemade soy-yoghurt with herbs and on the side we had a Summer-y potato salad. We used sea-buckthourn juice, a North-German speciality, to make our lacto-fermented lemonade…

One day, we had a lot of cooked millet leftover, so we decided to make some millet dumplings and have them with noodles…

One weekend we made cinnamon-raisin rolls for our tea time. In Low-German we call them Kaneel-Krinthrullen…

We also made more mustard-gherkins from watermelon-rinds for Winter…

Another weekend, we made scones…

As one of many seasonal meals we enjoyed some very tasty bell-pepper stew…

Yet another weekend, we made a North-German specialty called Zuckerkuchen (sugar cake)…

We also made some spiced peaches in syrup for the holidays. The original recipe, one from the Southern USA, calls for vinegar to achieve a sweet-and sour taste. This year, we tried something different and made them sweet…

It’s never too early for a tray of baked root-veggies or for Himmel un’ Eerd (Heaven and Earth), a North-German dish which is often enjoyed with something smoked. Here, we had it with vegan Landjäger sausage made from seitan and as a seasonal twist we also had green beans on the side…

We also bottled our first batch of vinegar, this year. We have several batches going, right now, and we will start a couple more. It would just be such a waste to pitch all those tasty fruit scraps without putting them to good use, first!

We don’t grow our own grain, however, a bit of harvest was to be taken care of, on the balcony and window sills, yesterday. We have a few herbs that like to be cut back in good time before the Winter and also a mini batch of flax.

On August 15th the Assumption of Mary is celebrated by many and this is also the time when traditionally the Kräuterbuschen – the herb bundles are being blessed and hung up to fully dry.

With a little bit of luck, our tomatoes, which we planted very late, this year, will come to bloom and make a couple of fruits for us, before it is getting too cold, again. One actually started to blossom, yesterday. And maybe we will even have a few potatoes as we had an unexpected shoot coming up in last year’s pot. We must have forgotten one in there, last year…

Last but not least I have a bit of Slow-TV fro you – ASMR experience occasionally possible; a kitchen meditation….

For me, this year is bringing us back to appreciating the seemingly little things. Actually, this is, what brings about true abundance. Did you know this?

What does harvesting time bring for you, this year?

Are you ready to shine a bright light of awareness on the path of beingness, today?

Much Love,
Steffi