The Other Benefit of Proper Cooking

The Other Benefit of Proper Cooking


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Having written a bit of a rant about the appalling culinary state of the modern Pagan tradition, I thought it best to focus on one of the incidental positives of becoming a more proficient home chef.

Namely, you have a much better supply of impromptu magical ingredients.

Take today, for instance. A few things came up that required -let’s not say an emergency prosperity spell- but rather a ‘time sensitive’ one.

Now, like large chunks of Britain, I’m essentially housebound due to the crazy-ass Siberian weather that is assaulting the country. (Seriously. Check it out.)

This meant I would have to make do with whatever is around the house. Candles wouldn’t be a problem as I buy a lazy hundred or so every time I’m at Ikea. Actually, Ikea has got to be one of the most underrated magical supply depots.

Everything else for the prosperity wash would have to be sourced in the kitchen. Thanks to the fact that I don’t entirely suck at cookery and double thanks to the fact that we just wrapped up (pun!) the festive season I was sorted:

  1. Fresh bay leaves
  2. cinnamon
  3. nutmeg
  4. vanilla sugar
  5. saffron

There were quite a few more prosperity ingredients (basil, allspice, cloves, juniper berries) but I was really going for something that would smell awesome and look all golden/yellowy.

It’s weird just how many traditional European Christmas ingredients also appear in herbal prosperity charms. This led me to have a bit more of a dig around to see what other ‘Christmas leftovers’ I actually had.

At a brief glance, I’m good for

  • destiny charms
  • clairvoyance charms
  • protection charms
  • prosperity charms

Love charms may be a stretch. I could also make a mean fruitcake but I fucking hate fruitcake so that’s never going to happen.

Anyway, this is one of the key benefits of making cooking a priority. Show me just how many magical uses you can find for a ‘jar of Alfredo pasta sauce’. I know exactly what you can do with your jar of Alfredo sauce and it sure ain’t magical.

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    Andrew B. Watt

    Reading Alice Waters, the Art of Simple Food and another book on French cooking, and recognizing the importance of having the right tool-set in the kitchen, and the right ingredients in the pantry, was a god-send.

    My friend Tony grew up in a Cherokee family. He told me once that in his great-aunt’s kitchen, the ladle that poured the soup was the same ladle that poured water on the rocks in the sweat lodge. The tools of the kitchen were the tools of the spirituality.
    Andrew B. Watt´s last blog post ..New Year, New You: Asking for help

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