Happy Beltaine, One and All


Happy Beltaine! I hope you enjoy a wee bit of Welsh mythology and a recipe for a sweet Beltaine treat our family indulges in, all excerpts from my Creating New Pagan Family Traditions – Beltaine chapbook.

Beltaine Suggestions

Hi folks!

So, we’ve released three Sabbat handbooks officially, and Litha unofficially (although it’s official version is fast approaching!), and now we’d like to hear from the readers on what they’d like to see in future.

More activities? Less activities and more info? More crafts, less recipes or vice-versa?

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Spicy Rice & Beans

A while back, a friend modified a couple of recipes to create a semi-low-cal-possibly-vegetarian version of Red Beans & Rice.

I tried it once a long time ago – before she found a short-cut in Heinz beans – and while I’m getting off my broom, I thought we should give it a try again. Well, it’ll be the first time for the girls. With Artemis’ aversion to anything shaped like her nick-name (Bean), this could be an interesting meal! <|;-) Mel’s Spicy Rice & Beans

1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup uncooked brown rice
3 cups canned diced tomatoes
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
2 clove minced garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 teaspoon hot red pepper sauce
3/4 cup water
2 cans Heinz Chili Beans (optionally drained & rinsed)

Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the rice and reduce heat to medium, to saute rice for a couple of minutes, stirring often.

Add the water, tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, garlic, spices and the hot sauce. Cover pan and simmer on low for 40 minutes. Add beans, cook for a further 15 minutes or until rice is tender and beans are heated through.

Serve with cornbread, or warmed baguette.


(I don’t know how well this recipe would double or treble, but if someone tries it, let me know! I think it would be an excellent Lughnasadh dish…)