Sunday, February 1, 2009

Imbolc Planning

Tomorrow is Imbolc and I have been thinking a lot about what I'd like to do this year. I think of Imbolc as the time of earth's quickening and also as a time of clearing out the old to make way for the new. A time of purifying mind, body, spirit, home.

So I think I will take a purification shower and continue with the cleaning I've begun around the house. I've also decided to try a couple of new recipes. The first one being:


2 tablespoons olive oil
3 leeks, white parts only, well-washed and cut into 1/2-inch rounds
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 medium carrot, diced
2 teaspoons paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne (or more, to taste)
6 cups vegetable broth or water
sea salt
Handful of mustard greens, watercress, or parsley, coarsely chopped
croutons for garnish
sour cream for garnish
sprouts for garnish

1. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot. Add leeks, bell pepper, and carrots and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened. Sprinkle vegetables with paprika and cayenne to taste.

2. Add vegetable broth or water, and salt to taste. Bring to a boil and cook, covered, for 15 minutes. Add greens and continue cooking for 2 to 3 minutes.

3. To serve, place a few croutons in each individual soup bowl, then add broth. Top each serving with sour cream and a couple of fresh sprouts.

Serves 4 to 6.

This soup is supposed to be rich with flavonoids, and will clear the sinuses and promote healing. Its also full of spring-y and fiery flavor.

I've always wanted to try making a baked custard and while browsing recipes online, I found the perfect one to try:


1 egg
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1. In a bowl, lightly beat the egg. Stir in the milk, sugar, vanilla and salt until combined.

2. Pour into two ungreased 6-oz. custard cups. Sprinkle with nutmeg.

3. Place in an 8-in. square baking dish; add 1 in. of hot water to the pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.

Other than these simple plans, I will wait and see what other inspirations arise tomorrow.


Genie Sea said...


CynthiaMarie said...

mmm,sounds like just what the dr. ordered to start the New Year.

Imbolc --The sun is due to rise in a few minutes and I'll walk outside to enjoy that, take a little walk through the crisp desert morn, listening and taking review of my ideas for the year, and I'm very lucky to have a yoga instructor come to my house at 9 -- Then off to get supplies for your soup!!

Hope your custard turns out! Would love to know -- I still haven't tried making flan -- similar.

Blessed Be on this beautiful day!
Magic and joy to you today!

CynthiaMarie said...

PS -- Thank you for your kind comment and stopping by my blog. Also, I thank you (by reading your blog) for giving me the impetus to start this year with healthy thoughts; it changed everything for me this morning.

blessed be :)

autumn's darkroom said...

I am going to have to make myself some Spring Tonic. It is JUST my kind of soup; thank you!

intothedawn said...

GENIE SEA~ Both recipes turned out good! I love when that happens!

CYNTHIAMARIE~ Sounds like you have a lovely Imbolc planned too. Blessed be! (*envies yoga instructor coming to your own home*-- how cool is that?)

AUTUMN'S DARKROOM~ It turned out to be a great recipe-- found it online somewhere...