Gather Victoriais creating Wild & Ancestral Food, Magical Cookery & Seasonal Celebration
Running at 274 pages Wildcrafting Culinary Magic is chock full wild plants, backyard and healing herbs, berries and blossoms, along with recipes, preservation techniques, medicinal uses, culinary history and magical lore! And it will continue to grow with new recipes this summer. After fleshing out a few more recipes in each section (plus the addition of some of the most popular recipes from the Gather website) the book will undergo some tweaking and complete its transformation into a real live hard copy cookbook by the fall. Cookbook Patrons will receive a free digital download of the completed book. These recipe previews give you a chance to try out some of these recipes now - and give me a chance to work out the kinks, formatting etc. for the future cookbook! NOTE: New patrons you can download the book link on any post titled New Recipes Are Up! Recent recipes haven't been included in the digital book - yet -but meanwhile you'll find them in the Patron posts!
As a $5.00 Cookbook Patron, you'll not only receive digital access to "Gather's Seasonal Wildcrafting E-Cookery Book" but starting in late spring you'll also receive recipe previews for this new Gather Cookbook. Served with a dollop of history, a dash of the wild and spiced with the folklore of ancestral food magic it explores the sacred cuisine of the great goddesses of antiquity. There will be manner of delicious offerings once laid on temple altars and consumed in her seasonal feasts - like cake! There will honey cakes, date cakes, fruit & nut cakes, sweet buns, cookies and cheesecakes (many filled with ancient grains, seeds, wild and magical herbs, blossoms and forest berries!) as well as traditional libations like herb-infused wines, beers, mead, spiked floral milks sweetened with honey, as well dishes of wild greens and fresh cheeses like the Roman Moretum (a kind of pesto) made in honour of the Goddess Cybele, The Great Mother. From the British Isles, Europe, Russia, the Asian Steppes, Persia, and beyond, this guide to celebrating the magical foods and feasts of the goddess, weaves storytelling, ritual, plant and food magic together in enchanting recipes and menus for each season.
About Gather Victoria
Gather Victoria weaves plant lore, food history and magical folklore into enchanting recipes & menus that celebrate the bounty of each season. Featuring the ancestral plants at the heart of our oldest & most sacred food traditions, we seek a deeper spiritual connection to nature through the food we eat.
I want to start by saying THANK-YOU for every single message of support and enthusiasm you leave on Gather's blog and social media pages. Five years ago Gather began with a sole (soul) mission - to celebrate the old ways of honouring and living in harmony with the earth. And today I'm filled with such joy, gratitude and hope that our message resonates with so many of you - and it makes all the energy & love poured into Gather so worthwhile.
By far two most consistent requests Gather receives are for a cookbook and online workshops - so I’m going to do my very best to bring them to you. But these new projects will require oodles of additional time, monetary resources, a real professional camera & gear (not my cellphone!). Hard copy cookbooks need a certain resolution of images/megapixels which are not being provided by my phone camera. I need a pretty expensive SLR camera, tripod and fancy lens which will come out to about $3500.00 all told! And that's on the cheap end! And for the video's I also need to purchase technical equipment, editing software, hard drives for storage - oh the list goes on! It all really adds up!
So I'm asking for help to make these projects a reality by launching a Patreon account. Patreon takes the tradition of being “a patron of the arts” and combines it with crowdfunding i.e. Kickstarter or Indiegogo. But instead of funding a specific project with one lump sum, Patreon allows "patrons" to donate small amounts of money on a monthly basis to support the work of people they enjoy and believe in. Those who donate are usually rewarded with Patreon Rewards as a gesture of thanks for their contribution. See the Patreon Reward sidebar at right, and Canadians remember your pledges will be made in American dollars! (If you are interested in donating directly please go to the PayPal button on the Gather website)
Patrons at the $3.00 level and above will receive access to my Gathering Diary and patrons at $5.00 level and above will be able to access previews to Gather's Seasonal Wildcrafting and Herbal Cookery Ebooks - and they will be chock full of seasonal wild plants and healing herbs, along with recipes, preservation techniques, medicinal uses, culinary history and magical lore!
Plus, please remember your support literally buys me time to create more Gather blog posts, share more recipes, and make more videos - period. In the past few months I've released nearly double the posts and videos than ever before. So let's just say your patronage will help Gather serve you better, and bring you even more wild food, herbal recipes and magical inspiration!
Please let me know if there something else you'd like as a Patreon Reward. Or something that you'd like to see more of. I'm happy to develop new directions (and most probably will) as we go along! And for those who can't afford to contribute, I completely understand, but just sharing this page would help a lot!
Again, I want to thank-you for just being there! I'm proud to be part of a growing community who cares deeply about reconnecting with the ancestral foods, seasonal cycles and healing wisdom of our mother the earth. May many blessings find you and your loved ones!
P.S. Please see the first post for 2019 - you'll find current updates for this year!