Unraveling the Mystery of the Celtic Bird: The Raven

Raven Celtic Bird
Raven (1835), vintage bird illustration by Wilhelm von Wright. Image in the public domain.

Everyone is a little Irish on St. Patrick’s Day and the same holds true for the raven.

There has been much Irish Folklore about the raven. In Celtic mythology and legend, ravens were linked to death and dying.

Raven Antique Art
The Raven by Felix Bracquemond. Original in the public domain.

Folklore of the Raven

 The Celtic war goddess, Morrígan often took the form of a raven on the battlefield and carried away carrion. She was a cunning shapeshifter in Irish mythology and would seduce many men.

 Although ravens have a historical association with death and dying or ill omens, their symbolism is very complex. Ravens have been used as symbols for healing, prophecy and insights. There have been stories of ravens as psychopomp (spirit creatures) escorting newly deceased souls to the afterlife.  Ravens are considered magical and can represent both good and evil. 

Raven Rattle
Raven Rattle. Image in the public domain.

Historically, ravens have been guardians of the famous Tower of London.

The Ravens at the Tower of London

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day I am paying homage to the raven.  Ravens are intelligent birds with their own personality. They can mimics sounds, play games, and solve problems.

The Raven: Smartest Bird

Raven Cartoon

Here are 40 mini trail cam videos of this mysterious and mystical bird.

Trail Cam Videos (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2024

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Debra Roinestad

Debra Roinestad

Delicious Sweet and Tangy Oven-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

roasted cherry tomatoes
Oven-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, (c) Debra Roinestad,
The Comfy Cabin, 2024

Discover the secret to making the perfect oven-roasted cherry tomatoes! They are quick and easy to prepare and will amplify any of your meals.

Roasted cherry tomatoes can be used in pasta dishes and salads. You can use roasted cherry tomatoes on avocado toast for an extra yummy breakfast, or pair it with an omelet. The possibilities are endless!

Store the leftovers in an air-tight jar in the refrigerator, and they will last for a week.

Ingredients

  • 2 pints Cherry tomatoes
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Olive Oil
cherry tomatoes
salt and pepper
olive oil

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Wash the cherry tomatoes and slice them in half.

Toss the tomatoes in a sheet pan with olive oil, about 4 tablespoons. Sprinkle salt and pepper generously.

Place the sheet pan on the bottom of your oven. Roast for 20 minutes or until tomatoes are soft. Note: I prefer using the bottom rack because the tomatoes will be crispy on the edges.

tomatoes in oven

Transfer the tomatoes on a serving plate and sprinkle extra salt and pepper. Add any of your favorite toppings if desired. Store left-overs in an air tight container for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.

Topping Suggestions:

Basil, garlic powder, rosemary, balsamic vinegar.

Oven-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Debra Roinestad -The Comfy Cabin
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pints Cherry tomatoes
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Olive Oil

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Wash the cherry tomatoes and slice them in half.
  • Toss the tomatoes in a sheet pan with olive oil, about 4 tablespoons. Sprinkle salt and pepper generously.
  • Place the sheet pan on the bottom of your oven. Roast for 20 minutes or until tomatoes are soft. Note: I prefer using the bottom rack because the tomatoes will be crispy on the edges.
  • Transfer the tomatoes on a serving plate and sprinkle extra salt and pepper. Add any of your favorite toppings if desired. Store left-overs in an air tight container for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.
Keyword tomatoes
ripe red tomatoes poster
Ripe red tomatoes poster. Image in the public domain.
Debra Roinestad