Lughnasadh (Loo-NAHS-ah) is named for the Irish sun God, Lugh, and is usually looked upon as the first of the three Pagan harvest festivals. Lughnasadh is primarily a grain harvest, one in which corn, wheat, barley and grain products such as bread are prominently featured. Fruits and vegetables which ripen in late summer are also a part of the traditional feast.
Poached Pears with Cardamom and Saffron "This is the magic of saffron," Ottolenghi says of one of the simplest recipes included in the new book. "A few ingredients manage to give the pears an almost regal look that's quite spectacular."