A Very Warm Solstice

It’s time for those of us in the southern hemisphere to get ready for Midsummer! Wednesday 21st is the Summer Solstice, our longest day/shortest night of the year. While the northern hemisphere is preparing for their cold winter, we are getting warmer and warmer as we move into our summer. Since the Winter Solstice, the days have become longer and the nights shorter. When we reach the Summer Solstice, this reverses. Our longest day heralds the beginning of shorter days and our shortest night gives birth to longer nights.

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There was a time when I dreaded the arrival of summer but those days are gone. Over the years I have made peace with my solar deities, although I still hate the really hot days and long, oppressive nights that our summer can throw at us. I have learned to love the days when the weather is beautiful, warm and sunny and you just have to go outside and enjoy it. I’ve also come to appreciate the pleasantly warm nights where all you want to do is relax with a sparkling drink and wait for the night to slowly cool.

So with thoughts of outings and get-togethers with friends, I would like to celebrate the Summer Solstice with a sweet and golden Sunflower Seed Brittle. This sugary delight can be used to decorate cakes and desserts or eaten as is.

Sunflower Seed Brittle

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Ingredients
3/4 cup caster sugar
1/4 cup sunflower seeds

Instructions
Line a baking tray with baking paper.
Place the sugar in a saucepan over medium heat.
Stirring constantly, cook for 5 – 10 minutes, or until the sugar dissolves and caramelises.
Remove from heat.
Quickly stir in the sunflower seeds.
Pour onto prepared pan.
Allow to cool completely before breaking into shards.

If you like sunflower seeds, check out my recipe for Sunflower Seed Baklava.

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8 comments

  1. You always pick my favorite foods, I love sunflowers and their seeds! I even grow them in the summer. Tasty and a great source of protein. Can’t wait to try the recipe.

    Australia I am jealous!! I am sitting here in frigid temps, a world of ice and snow, waiting for our long night and finally the return of the sun to the North.

    Have a great summer solstice! Glad to hear you have ‘made peace’ with the deities of summer (as I too have made peace with the deities of winter…)

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    1. I was thinking of you when I wrote this. I know how much you love the summer! It’s getting really hot here, where going to have a few days of 36°C which is about 100°F. That can be challenging. But we don’t get the really cold snow or ice winters which I also think would be challenging – even for someone who loves the cold 🙂

      I have always wanted to grow sunflowers! They are so beautiful. I love sunflower, sesame and pumpkin seeds. I’m going to make pumpkin seed brittle next.

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      1. Yes, I do love summer so much. But you are certainly in the heat!! Would you believe here it is -6 F, which is, I think, like -21 C. Talk about extremes! We also get those very hot temps in Chicago (a city of real extremes!)

        Sunflowers are actually very easy to grow — just sun and water, they are tough plants. The seeds are a bit tedious to shell. Birds love them too!

        I guess it would be well for us to learn to love all seasons… Have a great solstice 🙂

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      2. Wow! That is cold!! I didn’t realise Chicago had such extreme summers and winters. It’s amazing how different the weather is in different parts of the world. All part of our awesome seasonal dance.
        Have a wonderful Solstice 🙂

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      3. We have the Great Lakes which contribute to the snow belt and cold of the Midwest. Sometimes it amazes me as I watch these seasons change. You saw I had my lilacs growing in November? Now frozen in thick ice! There is a long standing joke in Chicago — “You don’t like the weather? Wait a few hours, it will change.” Yes, a seasonal dance indeed 🙂

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