Join Nicole and Gwen discussing.... with Vila SpiderHawk her new Cookbooks: Home for Dinner & the Forestsong Cookbook. This wonderful collection of recipes from author Vila SpiderHawk comes from her novels, Forest Song: Finding Home and Forest Song: Little Mother. Characters from each novel share their favorite recipes, for everything from delicious stews and soups to scrumptious desserts. Interspersed throughout are excerpts sharing the stories of both novels.
Excerpt from ForestSong: Tranoc’s Mead 4 oz boiling water 1 tea bag 3 lbs. honey 3 fluid oz pure maple syrup ¼ cup brown sugar 3 TBS lemon juice Yeast according to preference Pour 4 oz boiling water into a cup with a single tea bag. Let sit 3 hours. Boil honey with 7 cups water until it stops foaming. Add maple syrup, brown sugar, lemon juice, and tea. Remove from heat and cool to about 70 degrees. Add yeast. Let mixture ferment for a month. Rack to a secondary. After about 2 more months, rack again and taste. If you like it, bottle it. If not, let it sit another couple of months and then bottle. Yield: 1 gallon “This place looks like a rain forest gone to snow,” Tranoc quipped about the herbs and the notes still stuck to every surface in the house. He made the sound of some bird he had heard in some jungle, and, aping his avian mating dance, I mimicked his plaintive cry. Communicating only with the jungle bird’s call, we built a blaze together with the coals we’d brought back from the Kupala fire. Excerpt from Forest Song: Finding Home, p 304
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