Working in the Kitchen: Part 1

Posted January 12th, 2012 by HelenScott

So…working in the kitchen…

Up until two years ago I didn’t really cook, and I minimally baked (and I prefer baking). When I started picking up cooking on a regular basis, I started looking into a cook book that also incorporated the craft. During my search for a beginner book everything led me to Scott Cunningham’s ‘Wicca in the Kitchen’. It’s a basic beginner encyclopedia on standard food used every day…and it has some great recipes!

I’m going to share some insights and inserts from his book.

“Our lives still contain vestiges of these earlier practices. Prayer (or “saying grace”) before meals is perhaps the most common. It is popular not only in Christianity but also in many other religions. The urge to give thanks for food prior to eating has its origins in the Pagan sacrifices common in ancient Egypt, Sumer, Greece, Rome, and many other cultures. Portions of the food were burned of placed in offering bowls. The food now is just simply blessed.”

Food is something that’s not often mentioned in most craft books. Cunningham considers food the ‘untapped source of power’, and after reading his book and considering what I eat, and how much I eat, it’s very easy to incorporate the meaning of food into my everyday.

Cunningham’s tips in practicing food magic:

  1. Decide what you wish to change about yourself.
  2. Select foods that contain energies suitable to your desired change.
  3. Choose foods that you enjoy.
  4. Prepare the food with visualization
  5. Attune with all food prior to eating
  6. Visualize as you eat
  7. Accept the energy that the food offers to you
  8. Give the food time to do its work

“As long as you eat with purpose and visualization, magic will be at work.”

In the craft the tools you use are always important, and that is the same in the kitchen. You should pick your cooking materials like you pick a wand, candles, or a broom. Using your intuition and a few helpful tips you can get yourself a great set of cooking utensils.

“Cups, bowls, and pots are certainly receptive; they contain. As implements related to the element of water and to the earth’s moon, they possess loving energies and recall the loving cups – trophies – still awarded to exceptional individuals and teams.”

Remember: Your materials don’t have to be expensive…second hand stuff works just as good as new! When you bring new (or used) materials into your house to craft (or cook) remember to cleanse it, and handle it frequently. By cleansing the negative vibes away, and replacing them with your (hopefully) positive energy, you’re setting yourself up for a successful kitchen experience.

When cooking, it’s suggested to not cook or store your food in plastic or aluminum. Ceramics, glass, enameled metal, or stainless steel are the best choices, though if these are unavailable to you don’t let it stop you from working.

 

There will be a follow up to this blog with a Money Soup recipe. So stay tuned.

 

 

 

Reference:

 

Cunningahm,Scott. “Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Wicca in the Kitchen”. 2003. Llewellyn Publications. St. Paul, MN. (5,14,19,29-31).

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