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This morning I was in the kitchen chopping things and thinking about this post. I made a batch of chicken soup and then peeled some apples for applesauce, all the while turning around ideas about the magic of cooking. See, years ago I read Like Water For Chocolate, which is a lovely little novel – it was a book before it was a movie, you know. The underlying idea was that the main character, Tita, infused whatever she was cooking with her emotions. Like, in one chapter, she had erotic thoughts about her true love Pedro while preparing quail with rose sauce, and it inspired her older sister to some uncharacteristically naughty behavior.
That’s yummy on a couple of different levels.
Then there are books like the Mystic Cafe Series by Rose Pressey. In this series, the main character Elly inherits a cafe from her grandmother Imelda, who informs her that the cafe sells some pretty extraordinary baked goods, and that Elly has the magical aptitude to carry on the family tradition. Adventure and romance ensue.
And all based on infusing food with magic.
It’s a fascinating idea, and this morning, as I peeled and sliced and seasoned, I imagined the kind of spell I’d put on my chicken soup and applesauce. If I could, I’d add a ‘good health’ spell to the soup, to keep my kids strong despite the cold damp weather. In addition to the honey and cinnamon, I’d add a scoop of joy to the apple sauce, to lift the mood of whoever eats it. I’d put in a dash of ‘positive self image’ for my teenage daughter, a pinch of patience for my son, and a dollop of gratitude for my husband. He’s really a good guy.
As a witch, I’m a novice, but I know that intent is a key part of any spell. My motives may be good, though I suppose that there’s always a chance that the wrong person could get eat some of my magic food, with unintentional consequences. Heck, if that wasn’t a possibility, the books I mentioned would have a lot less conflict. Even so, I couldn’t help staring at the cutting board, willing the apples to carry a little extra joy and asking the chicken to hold some good health.
What about you? Do you believe food can carry magic? What would you make if you could?
One last thing…here’s a link to the Bewitching Home Blog Party list, so you can check out some of the other awesome posts. The theme is witchcraft in the home, and the posts have ideas and recipes and all kinds of tricks you can pick up…