Hearty greetings to all!
Thank you once again to everyone who participated in last week’s challenge: Dream Magick! After exploring the hidden depths of our inner minds we will now delve deeper into a different place- our stomachs!
The theme for this week’s challenge will be…
“When your intention is love, when you’re doing something for people you love, it naturally turns out better. When you cook with LOVE, even if you make mistakes, the food just tastes better. It’s rather magical!”
~Mary Frances, Chef with Rendezvous
This challenge is all about incorporating magick into your food to make it more delicious, healthy, and give your food new benefits!
[From Kitchen Witchery and Simple Spells in Bon Appetit]
Cooking, baking, and crafting in the kitchen can be meditative practices that instill your love and intention into the food that you craft- not to mention adding herbs and spices will enhance the benefits and taste!
When made with love, care, and magick- the food will most definitely taste better and be more potent!
Whether you are a natural in the kitchen or burn everything you touch- this week’s challenge calls on you to learn about, experiment, and work on your kitchen witchery!
Are you ready? Let’s get cooking, it’s… CHALLENGE TIME!
[From Wicca Academy: Kitchen Magick for Beginners]
STEP 1: Practicing Kitchen Witchery
A Kitchen Witch is someone whos witchcraft is mainly focused in the kitchen. Kitchen Witches cook their magick, imbuing magical spells, herbs , and potions with the culinary arts. Most kitchen witchcraft is associated with healing and protection, and kitchen witches use the tools at their disposal and their energy to create their magick.
~A Meditative Practice~
The benefits of meditation and being mindful are abundant. Just as it is possible to meditate while sitting, standing, or walking- so too it is possible to meditate while crafting in the kitchen!
[From UU World: Allowing Meditation to Be Messy]
Meditation has a host of benefits- it can help ease anxiety, assist with relaxation, improve sleep, and increase happiness, health, and your overall well-being. You can find Meditation Tips, a beginner-friendly Breath Meditation, and a thorough overview of Mediation to help you feel comfortable before you combine meditation and kitchen witchery .
The meditation app Headspace has been recommended a few times in the forums, and they have an interesting article discussing the benefits of using cooking as a form of meditation.
The benefits of mindful cooking
Cooking is an act of self-care, and reminds us that we are worthy of a home-cooked meal. What’s more, when you’re mindful of the ingredients you choose to cook with, the food you prepare will come out nourishing and deeply satisfying. And when you’re cooking mindfully for others, they will undoubtedly notice the care and consideration you’ve poured into their meal.
[From Headspace’s What is Mindful Cooking and How to Practice It]
~Using Medicinal Herbs and Spices~
Kitchen Witchery goes hand-in-hand with Green Witchery . Herbs and spices are the colors of the kitchen so-to-say, and can make even the blandest of food come to life and amaze your palate
Using herbs and spices imbues your food with their benefits- both medicinal and magickal!
While Green Witchery is an aspect that deserves it’s own challenge, here is a quick introduction to some common herbs. Spells8 has a lesson on Herbal Witchcraft, and a helpful YouTube video that introduces some common medicinal and magickal herbs:
While many herbs have both medicinal (“medical”- having properties beneficial to health) and magickal properties, not all herbs that have magickal properties are safe to eat! And many medicinal herbs are only safe for external use (applied to skin, not to be eaten or taken internally).
When unsure about an herb, it is always a good idea to check with a trusted source to make sure it can be used in your kitchen crafting . Check on sites like WebMD or with a reputable herbalist.
Herbs can affect different bodies in different ways, and may interfere with certain medications- so it’s a good idea to start off slow when adding a new herb or spice to your food! Also it is important to note that many herbs can have uncertain or potential harmful effects when given to pregnant or nursing women- please check with your doctor and use herbs mindfully!
Here are a few places to learn more about some herbs that are safe to use in the kitchen:
~Spellwork in the Kitchen~
Every recipe can be improved with a little magickal intent! As you are making your food, put your intent and desire into words to cast a spell as you craft. Let the words come to you on their own, or find a chant or spell you can use. Here are some for inspiration!
Here is a great chant shared by @SilverBear:
[Laurie’s chant from the post Kitchen Witchery Chant]
[Franscisco’s Bread Blessing from My Lammas/Lughnasadh Bread Spell]
~Recipes for Inspiration!~
Kitchen Witchery refers to any edible product you make using your knowledge, skills, and magickal intent. Whether you have a kitchen equipped to make a master chef jealous or just a simple countertop- it is possible to work your kitchen magick!
Consider what ingredients and appliances you have on hand while looking at recipes. There are plenty of recipes out there that don’t need an oven, stove, or many ingredients
And- as always- feel free to make adaptations and make a recipe your own! Experimenting is the excitement of the kitchen
- Kitchen Witchery- Cooking with Basil
- Magickal Kitchen Blends!- Kitchen Witchery
- Kitchen Witchery Summer Beer Bread
- Dream Tea Recipe
- Lunasa Bread Recipe
- Strawberry Cookies- Soul Food for Peace
- Thunderstorm Panacea Soup
Here is a video where she makes Blackberry Thumprint Cookies (one of my all-time favorite recipes!) made with a Prosperity Spell
[The Green Witch on YouTube]
STEP 2: Share Your Experience
To participate in this challenge, you must share your experience! Recipes, cooking spells or blessings, stories, knowledge about favorite herbs or spices you cook with- anything you do that relates to kitchen witchery is very welcome!
Please feel free to create a new post in the forums (and don’t forget to mention the challenge!) or write about your experience below!
This challenge will be open for: 7 DAYS!
To join in the challenge, please post about your cooking creativity by 5:00 AM (Central European Time) on Friday, August 21 !
After the challenge closes, you are still very welcome to post but please be aware that no additional prizes will be given.
A shout-out and a small prize are waiting for all who roll up their sleeves and make some tasty magickal delights for this week’s challenge!
[Picture from Perks and Mini: Positive Message]
A warm reminder that this challenge is very open- all are encouraged to participate in a way that reflects their unique practice. There are no right or wrong answers so long as you practice respectfully, and there is no way to ‘lose’ the challenge if you participate!
The goal of this challenge is to help you help yourself through learning more about this mouth-watering aspect of magick, to further diversify and strengthen your practice, and to bring together the Spells8 forum family to inspire and support one another .
May you always have the ingredients you need at your fingertips, and let everything that comes to be in your kitchen be delightfully, deliciously, divine!
Blessed Be and Happy Cooking!