2 Simovane / November 1st: Feast of Harvest’s End.
It is known as Harvest Home in the Clan Jana calendar.
Again, many thanks to Sophia Ruth for these wonderful traditions and recipes of the British Isles! I am looking forward to trying Bubble and Squeak!
Vegan Colcannon recipe
My mother grew many varieties of Kale including a “black” or very dark purple variety which was wonderful for Simovane.
There is an English dish called Bubble and Squeak – which has more vegetables.
Green Bean Casserole
(Sophia Ruth’s family recipe is carrot based, without mushrooms and included canned white beans).
A variety of vegeterian casseroles
Any casseroles and soups containing beans and root vegetables are appropriate for this day. Beans have a special place in this festival as they are symbolic of the Mysteries of Manifestation.
Almonds and Hazelnuts including cobnuts and filberts. Sweet chestnuts and walnuts. The uncommon bladdernuts, heartnuts, hickories and acorns. All native to or can be grown in the British Isles.
Nut Cracking: Apparently Halloween was once known as Nutcracker Night in England. Nuts would have been plentiful around October 31, and families could gather together around the hearth to roast them in celebration of the day.The theme of divination pops up here again, for at one time in Scotland a young lass would put two nuts into the fire and watch their behavior to see if her lover would be true or unfaithful, and if they would be married.”
There is even a Japanese Heartnut, a beautiful variety of walnut.
Photo of the shell https://www.agroforestry.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/heartnuts.jpg
And, of course, any foods which incorporate apples, pumpkins, candied, toffee, chocolate or caramel apples, corn breads and food items derived from corn or corn meals are perfect for this day.
“Blindfolded local girls would go out into the fields and pull up the first cabbage they could find. If their cabbage had a substantial amount of earth attached to the roots then their future loved one would have money. Eating the cabbage would reveal the nature of their future husband – bitter or sweet!”
“The Ivy Leaf:
Each member of the family places a perfect ivy leaf into a cup of water and it is then left undisturbed overnight. If, in the morning, a leaf is still perfect and has not developed any spots then the person who placed the leaf in the cup can be sure of 12 months health until the following Halloween. If not….. ”
The English tradition: “The Acorn is the seed of the great Oak, representing wisdom, longevity, rebirth – a promise of strength to come. An acorn in your pocket is an amulet of good fortune to come.”
“In parts of Scotland it was customary to throw a silver coin through the front door of the house on the morning of November the 1st. The coin had to remain hidden where it had fallen to bring luck in money matters concerning the house.”