We love a party here and try to find something special to celebrate every month. For someone like me whose days involve spinning lots of plates, it provides a focus and routine, celebrates the passing of the year and I hope will give my children lots of good memories to draw on in adulthood.
The beginning of August is Lammas, Calan Awst back home in Wales or Lughnasadh as it is more traditionally throughout the Celtic world. Whatever the name, it is a celebration of the beginning of the harvest season and the ripening of the first fruits. Back in the day it was celebrated by the making of corn dollies, candle-lit procesions or bonfires on hilltops and the baking of loaves of bread from the first grain. It was always marked in my childhood by a real community approach to harvest, where family members and neighbours returned early from work, and spent every evening on the farm bringing in the harvest and eating supper together round a bonfire. It was always a battle to get it done before the heavens opened, of course.
In the spirit of celebrating harvest with our neighbours, we are holding an allotment party amongst the sunflowers. We’ll build a bonfire from prunings and make candle lights to hang in the trees after dark. A few Bonne Maman jam jars, glass paint, garden wire, creative children and a jumbo pack of tealights and we’ll have an array which could have come out of the latest Sarah Raven catalogue. We haven’t baked bread but have gone for the more child -friendly pizza and gingerbread men along with an array of salads using up our various veg gluts, bowls of raspberries, blackberry fool and this year’s elderflower champagne.
I’m looking forward to it – especially as it is going to happen a few days late this year……..when the rest of the family get back from Grandad’s and I have FINALLY finished painting the kitchen.
Easy pizza dough
You’ll need 250g plain flour and 250g strong white flour mixed together with 5g dried yeast, 10g sea salt, 325ml warm water and 2 tbls olive oil.
MIx into a dough and knead for about 10 mins until it has an elastic consistency.
Form into a ball and place in a greased mixing bowl. Cover with cling film and lace in a warm place to prove.
Knock back into shape and roll out to form two good sized pizza bases.