Monday, December 10, 2012

Celebrate Yule with Sandra Dailey

KAREN: Sandra Dailey is an author at The Wild Rose Press and her debut story, THE CHIEF'S PROPOSAL is a contemporary romance with plenty of humor to make you smile. Sandra is here today to tell us about Yule and for a special treat she has a yummy recipe for the Yule time celebration. Enjoy!

By Sandra Dailey
What is Yule?
Yule has been called by different names in several regions around the world. It has also been celebrated in many ways. What Yule celebrates is the return of the sun and the awakening of the earth after its winter sleep. Long ago, some thought it was a rebirth of the sun or earth. Now we know the earth never dies but is dormant during the winter and the sun is just further away.

When is Yule?
In the northern hemisphere we celebrate Yule on the winter solstice which takes place on or around December 21st. Like most Wiccan and other Pagan holidays, it’s celebrated at night, this being the longest night of the year.

How do we celebrate Yule?
Family gathering, decorating, wreath headdresses, feasting, and gift-giving are all a fun part of the holiday, but light is the most important element. Candles, bonfires, lighted trees, and the burning of Yule logs are used to guide the sun home.

How is Yule related to Christmas?
When Christianity was first formed, the people of the new religion wanted to convert everyone to their ways. They decided using some of the pagan symbolism would attract more followers. They adopted the lighted tree, wreath, Yule log, candles, and traditional foods to their celebration of Christmas which took place soon after Yule.

What are the traditional Yule foods?
As in all pagan celebrations, the gifts from the earth at the time are used in celebration. Fruits, vegetables, and nuts are saved from the final harvests and are in short supply. That’s why many dried fruits are used.

The recipe I’m including is modernized and a much easier versions of the traditional.

Plum Pudding
·                1 cup flour
·                1/2 teaspoon each salt, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice
·                1 cup soft bread crumbs
·                1 cup chopped suet
·                1 cup prune pulp
·                1/2 cup brown sugar
·                1 cup uncooked chopped prunes
·                1/4 cup candied lemon peel, finely chopped
·                1/4 cup molasses
·                3 eggs, separated
·                Hard Sauce, recipe follows

Sift together the flour, salt, baking soda and spices. Mix together the rest of the ingredients, except the egg whites, adding just the yolks. Whip the egg whites until stiff and fold into the batter. Grease a pudding mold dredged with sugar and pour in batter. Cover the mold with its lid or cover tightly with foil. Steam for 3 to 4 hours, depending on the size of your mold. Serve hot with hard sauce. If you are not serving the pudding immediately, store in the refrigerator soaking in 1 ounce of brandy. Add 1 ounce each week.
Serve with warmed Hard Sauce.
Hard sauce:
·                1/4 cup butter
·                1 cup powdered sugar
·                1 tablespoon dark rum
·                1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream the butter in an electric mixer until pale in color. Add the sugar and mix well. Add the flavorings and mix in then adjust, to taste.
While that pudding is steaming you can pass the time reading ‘The Chief’s Proposal’

Blurb: Ginny Dearing has finally realized her goal of teaching, but finding a position is proving impossible. After exhausting all possibilities, an Internet ad is her only hope. In a small town hundreds of miles away there is a job with one huge string attached...a husband.

Burned by love once, Brett Silverfeather finds his bachelor life more than satisfying. He’s facing re-election for sheriff, but this time the voters are looking for a family man. Brett finds himself pursuing a marriage he doesn’t want.

Ginny and Brett are opposite in every way, but opposites do attract. Can Brett protect his heart as well as he does his town? Can Ginny hide a secret past that could possibly destroy her future?

 I’d love to hear from you:


Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


Thanks so much for being a guest on my blog and sharing the interesting tidbits about Yule. Thanks for the recipe, too. :)

Sandra Dailey said... Best Blogger Tips

It's always a pleasure to be your guest Karen. I'll be interested to see if any brave souls give plum pudding a try. It really is good. I'll be on line all day to answer any questions.

Liz Flaherty said... Best Blogger Tips

Interesting stuff.

Sandra Dailey said... Best Blogger Tips

@Liz Flaherty

Melissa Fox said... Best Blogger Tips

I'll definitely try the plum pudding - we have good friends that can plums from their trees, and it's fun to try new recipes! Congrats and good luck with your debut!

Sandra Dailey said... Best Blogger Tips

I envy you, Melissa. I love plums. I hope you love this recipe. It's so much simpler than the old fashioned way. Thanks for coming by.

katsrus said... Best Blogger Tips

That was interesting. Never knew that. Pretty book cover. Your book sounds very good. Thanks for the recipe.
Sue B