Spring Equinox, Beltane 2018
Beltane Eve, Shining Fire, Nos Calan Mai, May Day
May day. The Maiden rises to bathe in the morning dew. Her consort steals across glistening pastures to his young lover. They embrace as the first light of the morning illuminates their faces. They begin a slow, sensual dance of love and honor, lust and sacred union. As they circle and swirl together, becoming one, their essence rises into the trees, fans out over field and garden, touching every blade, flower and leaf. Animals pause, lift noses to the sweet breeze and nuzzle their young. As the lovers look out upon the earth, riotous color fills the landscape, people pour from homes, singing, dancing, beating drums, ringing bells, flying ribbons, jumping fires and sharing love, laughter and bounty. They take to brooms to glide through the air sending ancient fertility spells out upon the earth. All will be well.
Sparkling white grape juice or white wine
Herbed goat cheese and crackers
Chicken braised in white wine and fresh herbs
Roasted new potatoes
Spring greens, radishes, carrots and fresh herbs
16 Lemon cookies
8 Oz. cream cheese, room temperature
8 Oz. lemon yogurt
1 pint heavy whipping cream
2 Tbsp. honey
1 quart fresh strawberries, sliced
Crush lemon cookies and divide between 8 dessert cups. Beat heavy cream until soft peaks form and divide into two equal parts. Beat cream cheese, yogurt and honey together until smooth. Fold in half of the whipped cream. Layer cream mixture and strawberries in dessert cup. Top with reserved whipped cream.