Winter Warmth

A vegetarian feast honoring the Goddess of winter.

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5-6 garlic cloves, minced

½ cup pine nuts

Sea salt

White pepper, freshly ground

¼ teaspoon fennel seed

Juice of ½ lemon

3-4 tablespoons cream or soy cream

Parmesan cheese, grated

Bring a large pot of fresh water to a rolling boil and cook the linguini till al dente. Warm up a large pasta serving bowl.

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat and sauté the onion for 5 minutes, until soft. Add in the cauliflower, cabbage, garlic, pine nuts, sea salt, ground pepper, and fennel. Squeeze on the lemon juice. Sauté until the vegetables are tender and the pine nuts are toasted. Stir in the cream.


When the pasta is al dente, drain and pour the linguini into the warmed pasta bowl, and drizzle a little olive oil on the pasta to moisten it. Immediately add your white vegetables/pine nuts mixture and stir well.

Serve at the table with a small bowl of freshly grated Parmesan cheese for garnish.

Serves 4-5.

Midwinter Gingerbread

A Yuletide classic, this spicy-sweet bread is also wonderful sliced, toasted, and buttered for an afternoon tea, accompanied by a warm, cozy throw and a good book.

½ stick butter or solid margarine

½ cup molasses

1 large free-range egg


½ cup brown sugar

1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour


2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 teaspoons ginger

¼ teaspoon cloves

¼ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ cup boiling water

½ cup orange marmalade or good apricot jam

½ cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small saucepan, gently melt the butter with the molasses and set aside. In a mixing bowl, combine the egg and brown sugar and beat well. Pour in the melted butter/molasses mixture and beat with an electric mixer to blend well. Then, by hand, stir in the flour, spices, and salt, just enough to blend.

Add the baking soda to the boiling water and stir well. Pour this soda water into the batter and gently mix. Add the marmalade and pecans, again, stirring just until mixed in.


Pour the gingerbread batter into a lightly greased 8-by-8-inch or 9-by-9-inch pan. Bake for about 30 minutes. The gingerbread is ready when a toothpick inserted into the center emerges clean. Let the pan cool for 10 minutes, then insert a knife around the edges of the pan to loosen the bread. Gently invert, placing it onto a plate.

Serve simply as squares dusted with powdered sugar or topped with a spoonful of fresh whipped cream.

Serves 8.

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