When spring hits the Florida Panhandle, we often get invaded by college students looking for some warm days on the beach and hot nights in the clubs, like La Vela, Spinnaker,and Sharky’s. Another group that invades the area are the Scots and their kin that love to show off their island culture at many of the Highland games that start their national tours in Florida. This past week, Cleave and I were able to go to two events celebrating Celtic heritage, one, in Panama City Beach, was the Celtic Heritage Alliance’s 25th Annual Panama City Scottish Festival and Highland Games.
This was a fun time not only featuring really big dudes in kilts throwing hammers, stones, and cabers, but lots of Clan information centers, vendors setting all kinds of bonnets, kilt pins, and Scottish fashions, and some caterers featuring foods like Scotch Eggs and Rumbledethumps. There was even rugby! Read more...(459 words, 1 image, estimated 1:50 mins reading time)
The following is from a very VERY old site I used to have, Celtic Voice, not up anymore. It shows 2 of my recipes for the alcoholic beverage known as mead, or honey wine. I am sure those in the SCA will remember some of this.
First, let me apologize for the site being bonkward for the past few days. During a site update the database was misplaced and we had to go hunt for it. Was a odd journey, but everything is now up and running.
Remember folks, Twitter can be your friend at the oddest of times. This time it saved my but and the site as well.
Hope you all continue to enjoy the site. Even though I have not posted much of late, I do maintain all of the site and create all the graphics and make most of the screen shots that you have enjoyed over the years.
This will fe a Samhain to remember, Halloween for all those that are not history buffs.
While making a standard Southern version of No-Bake Cookies, Cleave tried the originals, and found at first he didn’t care for them because of the oats in them, but changed his mind after the second day. The he couldn’t help himself. He then suggested I try making them with some other kinds of cereals. So I tried toasted oat O’s, then he suggested we just don’t use any grains at all, and set them in a 9 x 13 pan and cut them like fudge. Just WOW! Using E.S.P (Experimentation, Sensibility, and Practicality), we came up with an amazing candy that was an instant hit! Hope this works out for you as well as it did for me.
Peanut Butter Candy
3 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup peanut butter
Bring sugar, milk, and butter to a boil on medium heat. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add vanilla extract and peanut butter. Mix well. Pour into parchment lined 9 x 13 pan. Will set quickly. Cut into 1-inch squares when set. Read more...(226 words, 1 image, estimated 54 secs reading time)
Broccoli and Pork Tetrazzini is a recipe I just fashioned from the top of my head, and it turned out so well, it seemed like it was time to share it with the world. Not too quick and easy, but satisfying and comforting. Great in any season, and with about 15 minutes in prep and 30 minutes baking, this will be a big hit at a potluck dinner after church, temple (if pork is permitted), oak grove gathering, or anytime you need something for that party that you know will make the guests talk about it all month long and ask for the recipe. Okay, time to share! Broccoli and Pork Tetrazzini
1 lb frozen broccoli florets
1 lb angel hair pasta
2 TBSP olive oil
1 lb boneless pork chops, cubed
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp dried chives
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 TBSP tapioca starch or corn starch
2 TBSP milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup shredded colby jack cheese
1/2 shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese Read more...(303 words, 1 image, estimated 1:13 mins reading time)