*Get ready for Ostara*

No Sabbat celebration is complete without feasting and friends, and Ostara is no exception. Invite a group of your favourite people over to welcome the beginnings of Spring. Serve potluck style, or have an elaborate formal spread, whichever appeals to you most. No matter how you do it, choose a menu the welcomes all the symbols of the season.

Surprise Lemon Bread

At Ostara, the earth is waking up in anticipation of Spring… and it’s not uncommon to find small treasures peeking out of the ground at us. Green shoots appear from the mud, and bright flowers appear where there was nothing the day before. This easy “surprise bread” reflects the theme of re-emergence, and you can put it together easily by using a pre-packaged lemon poppy seed bread mix. Add small treasures to the mix, as well as a few edible additions, and you’ll have a real treat on your hands for your Ostara celebration.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Lemon Poppy Seed Bread mix
  • Ingredients to prepare mix as directed
  • 1/2 C golden raisins
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest
  • 1/2 C dried cranberries
  • Non-meltable goodies to add into the bread, such as:
  • A shiny coin
  • A piece of gold or silver jewelry
  • A ring
  • A polished crystal
  • Vanilla ice cream

Preparation:

Prepare the bread mix as directed. Once it’s all mixed together, add in the golden raisins, the orange zest, and the cranberries. Finally, fold in a few small treasures, such as a ring, a cleaned coin, or a polished crystal. Be sure you select items that won’t melt when you bake it in the oven!

Bake as directed on the package, and then remove from oven. Allow to cool. To serve, slice off pieces, keeping an eye out for the hidden treasures. Top each slice off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

This dessert bread can be used as a snack or appetizer, or you can incorporate it into your Cakes and Ale ceremony, if you include that as part of your Ostara rituals.

Spring Sprout Salad with HomemadeHoney Mustard Dressing

Spring is here, and with it comes bright green gifts from the garden. What better way to welcome Ostara than with a plate of fresh sprouts and leaves? This is easy to make, and the honey mustard dressing is delicious. If you’re not a fan of mustard, use your favorite dressing on here instead.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 C Mung bean sprouts
  • 1 C alfalfa sprouts
  • 2 C baby spinach
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 C slivered almonds
  • 1/2 C dried cherries or craisins
  • 1/2 C mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • A dash of lemon juice

Preparation:

To make the salad, place the baby spinach at the bottom of the plate or bowl, and then add the sprouts. Spread them out so they’re not all clumped together. Sprinkle the top with the chopped green onions, the almonds, and the craisins.

To make the dressing, combine the mayonnaise, mustard, honey and lemon juice and mix well. Drizzle over the salad to serve.

* Cook’s tip: if you’re not crazy about the flavor of mayonnaise, you can reduce the amount you use by a couple of tablespoons.For a healthier and sweeter choice, you can substitute plain white yogurt for the mayo.

** For those of you who have kids – this dressing makes a great dip!

Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are supremely easy to make, and you can make them sweet or spicy. This recipe is for a tangy, spicy version of the classic spring dish. Make these delicious eggs for your Ostara get-togethers and celebrations.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 C. mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. Curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp. white vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Paprika
  • Parsley, for garnish

Preparation:

Hard-boil the eggs and allow them to cool before peeling. Peel the eggs and slice each one in half lengthwise. Remove the yolks and place them in a bowl.

Mash the yolks up with a fork, and add the Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, curry powder, vinegar and salt and pepper. Blend it all together. Gently spoon the yolk mixture into the white halves, and sprinkle with paprika. Garnish with parsley sprigs for serving.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Holland & Flannery
    Mar 20, 2014 @ 11:55:09

    ‘Spring is coming to the land,
    The days grow longer,
    Warm breezes begin to stir.
    All around us we see signs –
    The growing things are beginning anew.’
    (by Aurora.)

    May your spring equinox celebrations bring you joy and reward.

    Many Blessings mysticaloonstar, from….SRTB.

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  2. mysticalmoonstar
    Mar 20, 2014 @ 19:55:01

    Ah! Thank you so much, I do so love the Spring Equinox, it is such a wonderful time of growth and renewal, I swear sometimes when it is quiet, I can hear the sound of growth, the slow unfurling of buds and the merry jingling of the bobbing spring flowers.
    There is magick in the air that’s for sure!
    Sending love and light your way
    ~Mystic~

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