Saturday, May 7, 2011

Our Beltane Festivities

Our Feast

I made fruit braids, since one of the traditional foods is a fertility bread with spices or sweetmeats (fruit and nuts) inside. I had meant to just make one loaf, but, shall we say, errors were made! So I ended up making a huge batch with three loaves. One had my (homemade) apricot marmalade, and it was too runny and as you can see the braid opened up in the oven. The second one had a cranberry filling, and the third was chopped almonds with butter and cinnamon.
The Feast Table
Bottom center are the fruit braid slices, to the right are the oatcakes, and in the center is a fruit plate. Barely visible in the bowl at the top left is cottage cheese with tomatoes and chives in it--that was our 'dairy' and also 'fresh herbs' from the official holiday foods list. On the other side of the fruit plate is fried zucchini and steamed artichokes (which aren't traditional, but they sounded good). In the crockpot was beef chuck, which also just sounded good to us.
Bear wound ribbons around our candle wreath, and we got some potted flowers but had to take them off the table for dinner because there wasn't room.

The Blutkake "bluht-ka-ka" (Norwegian for "moist cake")

It is a dense cake, sliced into at least three layers with sweetened whipped cream and fruit between each one. The bottom layer also has fruit syrup poured in it to make it extra moist.

I had a ribbon wreath in my hair all day, and also I wore green with a floral skirt

The Battle between Winter and Summer
The "Winter" team, with snowflakes taped to them

The "Summer" team, with flowers taped to them
A moment from the battle...
(we make swords with foam swim noodles, they're great for having all out battles without hurting anyone!)


Mae said...

Good grief! When did Wolf and Bear (especially Bear) get so big!!! Tell them all to STOP GROWING! ;-p

Sarah Familia said...

Yum, yum. And I love the battle between winter and spring. That must be heartfelt in Alaska!

ashley said...

I love that you celebrate in such creative ways! Oh, and we finally made it here- whew! Moving is exhausting, and so is not having internet and having to visit the library. :)

knittingdragonflies said...

Everything looks so yummy!
The "battle" was a great idea!
Your little ones are so cute!
Take care

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