Seasonal Recipe

Midsumme Eve 2018
Midsummer Day, Litha, Gwyl Canol Haf

The Sun is at its apex on the Summer Solstice. Using this powerful solar energy, it is a perfect time for strength, health and empowerment spellwork. Gather citrus fruits, berries, cherries and fresh herbs. Make a potion of juices, and fruit. Infuse the potion with muddled herbs, crushed spices and honey as you envision the God in all his glorious strength and power. Greet the Sun as it rises on the Solstice, lift your drink to catch the first golden rays, thank the God for his light, warmth and power, drink in the charged potion. Revel in the day.

Midsummer Menu
Water infused with lemon and cucumber
BBQ ribs
Grilled peppers and onion salad with feta and herbs
Potato salad with cannellini beans and golden raisins
Tossed greens with strawberries and sunflower seeds
Cheese and Herb bread
Blueberry pie al a mode

Grilled Peppers and Onions Salad
2 red bell peppers, quartered, seeds and stem removed
2 orange bell peppers, quartered, seeds and stem removed
2 yellow bell peppers, quartered, seeds and stem removed
2 large yellow onions, peeled, sliced thick
1/4 cup olive oil salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbsp rice or sherry vinegar
2 Tbsp each, any combo fresh herbs to taste : mint, parsley, thyme, dill, tarragon, lemon balm, oregano, lovage
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (more to taste)

Toss prepared vegetables with oil, salt and pepper. Grill on medium until almost tender and grill marks appear. Turn and grill on other side for a couple of minutes. Remove from grill to large bowl. Toss with vinegar and herbs. Serve on a platter topped with feta.

Potato Bean Salad
2 lb. red potatoes, washed and cubed
1 15 oz. can cannellini beans, drained
1/2 medium red onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 golden raisins
1/2 plain Greek yogurt
1/4 mayonnaise
2 Tbsp lemon juice or vinegar salt and pepper to taste
1 to 2 Tbsp each fresh parsley, mint and dill, chopped finely

In large pot simmer potatoes until just fork tender and cool. Add beans, vegetables and raisins. Combine remaining ingredients in separate bowl, toss with potato mixture to coat. Chill and garnish with additional herbs to serve.