Beltane Greetings All!
Beltane, the Gaelic word for May is a powerful time signifying fertility, germination, the coming of the light and marks the mid point between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. There have traditionally been fire festivals symbolising the waxing power of the Sun on Earth. This seasonal point brings another surge of Earth and cosmic energy for enhancing fresh beginnings, new events and positive projects. Many people will rise at Dawn tomorrow to celebrate and absorb the first light of the season.
The Eve of Beltane, has indeed brought the return of the Sun but the torrential rain with cracking lightning and house-rumbling overhead thunder continued almost incessantly in April. (Along with drought posters on buses and e-billboards – build more reservoirs and irrigation systems instead of skyline buildings?).
So it was an ideal time to spend a very wet Saturday inside at the Royal Festival Hall in rehearsal with the brilliant Mary King for “Change The World” at the annual Big Sing on Saturday 5th May at 2.30 pm. It’s always a great event and FREE! Come along – all welcome!
So for rehearsal sustenance, I made the above delicious raw sandwiches!
The raw bread (can also be used for raw pizza base) is made with freshly ground flax, hemp and sesame seeds (dry ingredients); celery sticks, 1 whole lemon, olive oil, water (moist ingredients). Stir the dry and moist together. Add chopped: raw red onions, chives, coriander, tomatoes, fresh dulce. Season with some Pink Himalayan Salt and tamari to your taste. If it’s still a bit moist, add some more ground seeds, nuts or psyllium husks. Make into shapes and put into a dehydrator or on the lowest setting of your ordinary oven with the door open. (I now know this works because my dehydrator recently got water inside and ended up plunging me into darkness and silence by spectacularly cutting out every appliance and light in my home! Not wishing to lose my precious raw cherry scones, I resorted to the conventional oven and my hand to test the temperature. Scones, perfect!)
As the bread was already filled with taste and nutrition, I just spread it with raw pumpkin seed butter, sprinkled some spirulina, then some turmeric for heat, sliced avocado, mushrooms and unprocessed olives. Et voilà! Délicieuse!
A few pieces of raw caramel cacao made the day before and a hot flask of the most amazing loose Moroccan tea, courtesy of a lovely friend. It contains whole star anise, whole rosebuds, cinnamon and liquorice twigs, lemon balm leaves and so much more!
I lunched al fresco and sheltered gazing at the April rain pound onto the plashy pavements and add to the river near Waterloo Bridge, as a band set up for a gig in Queen Elizabeth Hall.