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Magickal meals aren’t really any different than a brew or a potion. The only real difference is that you use edible ingredients (no nightshade or mandrake here, please) and the results are usually solid. In my opinion, magickal meals can also be divided into two categories:
- Food that functions like a potion to allow you to take in the energies of your ingredients, like eating pesto for money.
- Food used in a religious context, as an offering or representation of the elements of a holiday, like eating eggs on Ostara.
Tomorrow’s Samhain, and I’m planning on pretty much eating my weight in tasty things and having extra for offerings. Today, I’m going to prepare a little beforehand so I have less to worry about. My food usually isn’t very fancy, so one item I’m going to make is just a pretty basic roast potato dish using herbs said to aid in spirit communication or protection.
It can be difficult for some pagans, city-dwellers in particular, to feel really in tune with nature and the changing of the seasons. When lights block out the stars, climate control keeps things 70° year round, and artificial lighting plays Yahtzee with your circadian rhythm, food can be a valuable tool for maintaining that connection. You really don’t need to be a baking whiz or have access to an entire grocery store’s worth of exotic foods for magickal meals– pagan holiday food should be pretty inexpensive. Pagan celebrations are inextricably tied to the seasons, and the foods most strongly associated with them tend to be the ones that are cheap and plentiful that time of year. Some cider, mashed potatoes, squash, and a bit of roast chicken is a perfectly seasonal, relatively inexpensive, simple Samhain dinner.
If you’re looking for more complicated Samhain dishes worthy of bringing to a celebration, you should definitely check out these traditional recipes (for real, I’m saving the one for baked pumpkin mousse just on general principle), or this post on Recipes for a Pagan Soul.
Are you celebrating Samhain? What are some of your favorite recipes for magickal meals?