September 29th is Michaelmas, the day the Archangel Michael cast Lucifer out of heaven. Story has it, Satan landed in a patch of blackberry brambles, and in his fury, scorched the fruit with his flamey breath, turning the berries black forevermore.
I love Catholic paintings where the devil is licorice black with pointy bat wings.
Can't you just hear Lucifer hissing and gurling? So ANGRY!
Here's a nice cameo to wear on Michaelmas.
Here's another. Oh, how I love a nice cameo!
I like the gold background. Ok, enough morbid images.
Here's a handsome set of earrings and a pin from Chuckanut Bay Gallery. They look good enough to eat, don't they?
The funny part of the legend is....the devil comes back every year on Michaelmas to spit on the blackberries. Or, in my favorite rendition, he runs from bush to bush, furiously urinating on all the blackberry bushes in the world on this day. What I wouldn't give to see a reenactment of THAT!
So, folk wisdom has it that it's bad luck to eat blackberries after this date. For obvious reasons. So, there are lots of yummy blackberry recipes related to Michaelmas to help everyone use up the rest of those plump, delicious blackberries.
In Ireland, there's a tradition of putting a ring in the Michaelmas pie. Whoever gets the slice with the ring will be the first to marry. I LOVE dangerous, superstitious, tooth-chipping recipes!
Here is a link to a recipe for Michaelmas Pie---it's the second recipe on the page. Holy Moly---forget THAT, I want to try the first recipe on the page....Dark Chocolate Irish Cream Tart-YUM!