Imbolc Prep & FPC 9/1/18 Monday Curry
As promised the recipe from last night’s meal. Yet another recipe my dear friend Lynn from America taught me when we were feeding visiting missionary students and needed to make a little go a long way. Monday Curry is a life saver, you can use up any left over poultry meat from the weekend and make it stretch to provide at least another couple of meals, it is easy to prepare, massively economical and so tasty. Recipe ingredients are for 4 adults although I’v never made it for less than 8 by doubling it, at any one time.
Ingredients: Serves 4
12 oz cooked turkey or chicken, leftovers work perfectly
14 oz can of chopped tomatoes
1 medium onion
2 tablespoons of sultanas
11/2 tablespoons of dessicated coconut
2 teaspoons madras curry powder
1/4 teaspoon salt flakes
1/2 pint of water
1 teaspoon of gravy granuals
4 chopped mushrooms, button or chestnut ones work well
Combine meat, toms, mushrooms, onion, sultanas, coconut and curry powder in a saucepan.
Add salt, water, and bring to a boil, cover with a lid and let simmer for an hour.
Add the gravy powder 15 mins before the end of cooking, stir well until thickens.
Served with steamed dumplings, mash potato, green beans and allotment glut casserole http://cornwallnan.co.uk/2017/08/allotment-glut-casserole/
We had leftover mash and green beans last night, so today I made hash browns by adding chopped onion and a beaten egg to the mash and frying in a little oil and I chucked the green beans in the veggie chilli and it tasted scrummy!
I am really enjoying these meals made just from what we have in and tonight we are having tuna pasta bake taken from the freezer which at long last is beginning to show signs of having have a fraction of space. I am beginning to see more clearly the products which are needed regularly and have to come out my £25 a week budget, what I noticed is when we began the month I was thinking oh how am I going to manage on that tiny budget, now I am thinking oh wow I have £25 what do I really need i.e flour, potatoes, milk, apples, it makes everything seem so much more simple, even my crockery cupboard which over xmas had doubled up to store extra crisps, breakfast croissants, biscuits etc is back to just having dishes in.
All this clearing out and simplifying leads well into the preparation for Imbolc.
About now I am beginning to start thinking about Imbolc, one of the festivals of the Celtic year, which falls between 2nd and 4th of february this year. Imbolc is a celebration of the awakening of the natural world and a time of cleansing. The original word Imbolg means ‘in the belly’. All is pregnant and expectant and only just visible if at all, like the gentle curve of a ‘just-showing’ pregnancy. It is the promise of renewal, of hidden potential, of earth awakening and life-force stirring. Another name for this holiday is Oimelc, meaning milk of ewes since it is also the traditional lambing season in the old world. It is midway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. In nature we begin to see new life poking through the soil and buds tightening on trees. Imbolc is a time for bringing new ideas and projects into the light, for growing what we have been reflecting on over the winter months.
Now is the time for spring cleaning, getting rid of anything cluttering up your home and stagnating the energy. Time to clean all the surfaces down thoroughly, open the windows and let clean air flow through the home. Doing this is part of the preparation for celebration.
As with many Celtic celebrations I look forward to the lighting of the fire. Fire celebrates not only the Fire Goddess Brigid, but also welcomes back the returning power of the sun. In the Christian calendar Imbolc is known as Candlemas and candles are lit for the Virgin Mary. Imbolc is also a time of feasting and lighting a fire and offers a good opportunity to gather with friends and family and share food as you reflect, share and laugh together.
Traditionally Imbolc is a time for visiting holy water like a spring or a well, to purify ourselves and bring fertility to our dreaming. There is a river near to us flows down through the woodland to the sea and I am planning a family walk to the little bridge where there is clean water to splash over ourselves as we set intention to cleanse and purify. A suggestion by Glennie Kindred is to take a piece of ribbon and dip it in the water and then hang it from a nearby tree, trees near water are especially sacred, in order to carry messages of hope and healing. She reminds us to thank the spirits of the place we have visited and pick up any rubbish seen lying around as an act of gratitude.