Boom! It got hot all of a sudden. And my garden suddenly began to grow. I have all kinds of lettuce and other greens. Iím coddling tomato plants that Iíd like to see produce, my Brussels Sprouts are going great (yes I found some), and I have more beets than my family will be thrilled with. Except for me Ė I love beets!
Sorry, no food for thought this month. The date sneaked up on me. óAlia
Our thanks to the merry crew from Boulder, who shared with us a ritual of light, laughter, and inclusiveness. Although I may never get over Stephenís persona!
The June Open Full Moon will be on Friday, June 25, 1999, at 7:30 PM, at the First Unitarian Church, 1400 Lafayette, Denver, CO.
June is the month of the Gay Pride parade. Please come join the Pagan Rainbow Network in their celebration this month.
We have determined that our break-even point is about $3 per person.
We arenít going to start collecting at the door, and no one will be turned away for not having a donation. However, we would like to suggest a donation of 3 to 5 dollars per person. (The extra is to cover the pagans that canít swing $3.) If you canít afford it, you are still welcome Ė if you can afford more, weíd be delighted to accept it.
I am not a Celt; I donít even play one on TV. I do, however, frequently appreciate Celtic inspired cooking. A few weeks ago, under circumstances I donít have room to explain, I found myself wandering the aisles at a place called the Scottish Country Store. Itís a very big establishment, in a strip mall on a busy street. On summery weekend afternoons, a young man in a kilt stands out in front, bagpiping away. The front of the store is stocked with all sorts of lovely food items from the Highlands (and the lowlands, including an array of Australian foodstuffs that I donít even want to think about. I mean, do people REALLY think yeast extract is a yummy thing? Donít answer thatÖI do NOT want to hear it!)
While my companions wandered around looking at kilts, penny whistles, and hand carved walking sticks, I went where it really mattered: to the food section. I found myself facing a rack of cookbooks imported from various points throughout the British Isles. As some of you may know, I collect British cookbooks. I have English farm house cookery books, several books on Irish foods, and the Llewellyn book Celtic Folklore Cooking, but none of them have ever satisfied my desire for a book with authentic Celtic recipes, complete with verifiable histories and easy to follow recipes. So I was more than happy to buy Claire Macdonaldís Scottish Cookery, which is a small pamphlet with lots of color photographs.
The only Scottish food Iíd really ever thought about was haggis, which Macdonald describes as containing sheepís liver and heart, suet, onions, oatmeal, and unspecified seasonings, stuffed into the stomach bag of a sheep and then simmered in hot water. I guess that set the stage for my belief that Scottish cooking is aimed at toughening up young warriors, and for the most part this book did little to change my mind about that. Granted, there are some decadent desserts in the back of the book, but that can be explained as the reward for the warrior returning victorious from battle.
I had certainly not expected to find a recipe I just had to make RIGHT NOW. And the weather was totally wrong for skirlie. It was over 90 degrees out, and not a cloud in the sky. We were headed to a mall, not to shop, but to cool off. As you may realize while reading the following recipe, this was clearly not skirlie weather.
Melt butter or drippings in frying pan, add the onion, and cook over medium heat until it is well browned. Stir in enough oatmeal to make a fairly thick mixture, then add the lemon zest, thyme, salt and pepper, and continue to cook and stir for about 7 minutes, until cooked (I guessed this meant until the oatmeal was nice and toasty brown.)
This is lovely accompanying a roast, and Mcdonald suggests letting it cool completely, then using it to stuff a chicken. I think it could be used to stuff a vegetarian haggis case, too.
Just donít try adding Vegemite, at least not while Iím around.
by Ken Cannon
"Birds and animals are not only legitimate, they are very necessary inhabitants of this world. Without them,...it would be less of a world. The great ceremonial speeches [of the Iroquois] offer to the Creation that humans are grateful for the life that abounds in the world.... Animals have an important place in that speech. Remove one of those things--the moon, the thunders, the bird life--and life would no longer be the way we know it. To remove a species is to set the world out of balance...." John Mohawk, "Animal Nations and Their Right to Survive," Green Letter, Fall 1998, p. 4.
This quote points to something that I, for one, need periodic reminders about: namely, that we are part of nature, not separate from it. Our vehicles, our housing, even our clothing all seem to separate us from nature because we tend to not see ourselves as part of it. And because of that, we fail to take the whole picture into account when we make decisions, a failing which leads to many of the ecological problems we face today.
Aldo Leopold has put it very well: "We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong we may begin to use it with love and respect." I particularly like his use of the word "community."
We use that word quite a bit, yet how many of us, when we refer to "the Pagan community" include the land--nature--Gaia--the Great Mother--as part of our community? How often do we see and feel ourselves part of this larger community? How often do we truly feel we belong here? Just a bit of food for thought.
And now for something completely different. . . I have a request for information on some kind of natural mouse repellent, but I haven't come up with anything yet. Yes, cats will take care of mice, but they don't exactly repel them, and the request is for something harmless to the mice. If you know of one, please let me know so I can pass the information along.
Due to differences in viewpoint, Hearthstone Community Church, Inc. and John and Joanna Mayer have parted ways and are no longer associated. Hearthstone has accepted John's resignation as a minister of the church and thanks him for his previous service to the Pagan community.
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