First things first…
The winner of the 2013 Llewellyn Sabbats Almanac is Cassandra of the Book of Shadows Blog! Congratulations, Cassandra – send me your shipping information via the Contact page and I’ll get that shipped off to you right away. It’s a great book and I’m sure you’re going to love it!
Now, on to the Sabbat at hand: Happy Lammas!
I admit it, I’m not often this domestic, organized kitchen witch you see online. Usually, if a Sabbat ritual is in the morning, I do it over cereal and if it’s at night, I forget to put food together and forgo that part entirely. However, somehow I manage to make up a batch of cornbread muffins for Lammas as there is just nothing better than a soft, warm muffin with melty butter to remind you that today is the pagan first day of fall. (Despite it being 100 degrees outside.)
This is a really basic recipe but I always like to add a few herbs or spices to just about everything so here I threw in a bit of dried sage (you could use fresh instead if it’s on hand) for cleansing the spirit, not to mention flavor!
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup white sugar
1 ¼ cups milk
3 ½ tablespoons vegetable shortening
3 teaspoons dried sage
Combine ingredients in a large bowl, then mix using a hand beater (no longer than 1 minute) Pour into 12 large muffin cups.
Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees F.