What a day it has been! I have finally had my Imbolc day and what an amazing day it was!
I started the day with an uninterrupted 1 and a half hour Meditation using Insight Timer Meditation App, in a simple circle I cast using different Crystals and Gems candles and incense. I then had oats with honey and raisins for breakfast. Reason for this is because of the scarcity of food in the winter (in the olden days of course) and I wanted this entire day to represent that.
So after doing some trivial everyday tasks I began to prepare the food I would need for my feast for two. I decided to look deep into my cupboards for my great-grandmothers very simple and even more delicious ‘Carne cozida e Cordeiro no vinho‘ which directly translated to ‘Boiled Beef and Lamb in Wine‘. I have made it plenty-a-time and couldn’t think of anything better than a simple and old family recipe.
So, having the recipe, I was on my way! I went to my local grocer for the freshest of ingredients, ensuring that everything is organic, the best cut and prepared by good people.
Above are most of the ingredients on displayed. Here is the entire recipe for those interested. The order presented is the sequenced to be entered into the pot(variations are a personal preference): 1 onion (diced) 1 cup cherry tomatoes/ 1 tomato (sliced) 500g beef goulash 500g Lamb chops (diced) 250ml dark red wine / dry white wine 1 cube beefstock 1 tsp garlic 1 tsp paprika 1 tsp salt 1 tsp rosemary 1 tsp sugar 1 tsp cayenne pepper 1 cup water 1 cup mushrooms (sliced) 8 baby potatoes / 2 potatoes (cubed) Cooked seperately: 2 carrots (sliced) 1 cup greenbeans
After I had the food on the boil and cleaned up, I decided to go have a warm bath and then prepare my circle for a cleansing and blessing .
I then proceeded to dish out the food, and enter my circle. Very important to acknowledge all the powers at work in the world as explained in Basics for Wicca. I cleansed the energies surrounding me with a smudge stick (made of rosemary, mint, rose petals and sage) and a white sage incense stick. Then I thanked the Goddess and Mother Earth for providing the food on my plate and then blessed it before chowing down like an animal.
It was damn delicious!
In the picture top left, you can see exactly what my alter looks and the presentation of gems and candles.
Thank you for being a part of this. I b also asked the Goddess to bless any man or woman who was gracious enough to view my blog or twitter account.
Any content provided on this blog is opinion based with selected information from various sources where indicated. Images: All photos were taken by myself on the 11th of August 2016.