Happy Mabon everyone! The autumn equinox is early tomorrow morning in the southern hemisphere. (Happy Spring Equinox to my friends in the northern hemisphere!) Because the autumn equinox is traditionally a harvest festival and games, we are celebrating tonight with a local-harvest Stone Soup, pizza, and ping pong at the community hall.
Stone Soup is a great recipe for a really low hassle dinner for a large and unknown number of people. The recipe is super simple. Boil a large pot of water and add a smooth river stone and some salt.
Just as is, it is pretty boring. But if everyone who comes is invited to bring something to enhance it, just a little bit, the effect is truly magic. It is always surprising how good, and how different, Stone Soup turns out! I picked and shelled a big batch of beans this morning, so I shall take them along with some chilis, capsicums, basil and a zucchini that has gone gigantor on me. I’ll also take a pot of pesto I made with the yet more basil – it is starting to go to seed so a hard picking will do it good – and a bottle of tomato pasata still on the shelf since last year.
The seasonal festivals are such a good way to stay in touch with the natural cycles of a spinning planet. The autumn equinox reminds me that it really is too late to plant the last of the capsicum seedlings, and I need to be thinking about getting some fresh onion seed and stocking up the firewood pile. And that whether I choose to notice and love and try to dance with the patterns of nature or not, winter will still come anyway.