Beltane

Tis May! Tis May!
The Lusty Month of May!
When Everyone and Everything,
Goes Blissfully Astray!
HONEY CAKE
You will need:
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup honey
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup warm strong black or earl grey tea
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup whisky
Only a century ago it was customary for the young to
go a-Maying or to go out and gather blossoms for
May Day baskets before sunrise. Flowers and
greenery were gathered and brought in to decorate
their houses and villages in the belief that the
vegetation spirits would bring good fortune. Girls and
young women bathed their faces in the morning dew
to prolong their youth and beauty the year through.
to go a-Maying
Flowers that bloom in April:
Alstroemeria: friendship and devotion
Bachelor's Button: love
Daffodil: cheer
Daisy: happiness
Delphinium: generosity and healing
Freesia: innocence and thoughtfulness.
Iris: communication, creativity, hope
Lavender: devotion
Lilac: joy of youth
Lily: renewal
Marigold: happiness
Pansy: love
Peonies: good fortune and nobility of
spirit
Ranunculus: you are captivating
Rose: love
Snapdragon: graciousness
Stock: joy
Tulips: undying love
Before lawns, gardeners cultivated dandelions prizing them as food, medicine, and magickal plants. Settles
carried the dandelion with them adding the flower to their gardens and as a result the dandelion has naturalized
in many countries. The bright yellow flower symbolizes the sun and carries energy for health, luck, and wish
magick.
DANDELION FLOWER JELLY
1quart Dandelion blossoms (without stems)
1quart water
1package pectin
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
5½ cups sugar

In the early morning, pick blossoms. Remove and discard the stems. Wash the flowers well and then boil the
blossoms in the water for 3 minutes. Drain off 3 cups of the liquid and discard the blossoms. Add pectin, lemon
juice, add sugar. Boil for 3 minutes, then skim off the foam on top. Put in jars and seal. Taste resembles honey.
*From The Dandelion Celebration by Peter Gail
The fair maid who, the First of May,
Goes to the field at break of day
And washes in the dew from the
hawthorn tree,
Will ever after handsome be.
Directions: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line the bottom
with lightly greased parchment paper and lightly grease
tube pan.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking
powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. Make a well in
the center and add the oil, honey, sugars, eggs, vanilla,
tea, orange juice, and whisky.
Mix to combine ingredients to make a thick batter.
Pour into the prepared pan
Bake for 60 to 70 minutes until cake springs back when
gently pressed. Let  stand for 15 minutes. Then invert
cake onto a wire rack to cool completely. Place on
serving dish and drizzle with honey.
Invite Summer into your kitchen with leafy green salads and dishes topped with strawberries. Add flavor to
your recipes with the tangy juice of lime and bright zest of lemon. Hold a family luncheon comprised of fresh
fruit and this traditional tea sandwich that is always a favorite!
Rock Painting in the
Arana Cave  Bicorp
in Valencia, eastern
Spain
May Day is a National Holiday in:
Eland, Belgium, Estonia, Finland,
Gibraltar, Iceland, Norway,
Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Sweden,
Bangladesh, Cyprus, Czech
Republic, Eritrea, Gambia, Ghana,
Greece, India, Libya, Luxembourg,
Montenegro, Poland, Serbia,
Slovakia, Slovenia, and Sri Lanka