There are several foods that are associated with Imbolc including hearty winter dishes, preserves,dairy dishes and bread. Meat roasts, root vegetable and heavy sauces are great for group rituals. Deep in the winter months fresh food is harder to come by, and people would have been surviving on what was pickled. Imbolc is believed to have derived from the Gaelic world “Oilemc”, “ewe’s milk” and this became the reason for the celebration, as this was the first sign of spring., with the birth of new lambs and a new food source, milk. This was the symbol that even though things still appeared harsh, changes for the good are on the way. Any dishes that involve cream, eggs and cheese will always go down well at imbolc.
January 1, 2014