Imbolic Brunch

Recipes from “A Kitchen Witch’s Cookbook” by Patricia Telesco

This is Magical Cooking, folks! Here are some ideas to make your food a powerful spell and make your culinary experience truly magical: Be creative!
* Say a short blessing or invocation to the Goddess before you begin to cook.
* Welcome the spirit of Fire before turning on the oven or stove.
* Charge spices and other significant ingredients before adding them in.
* Stir in a deosil direction for invoking and increasing, widdershins for banishing or minimizing.
*Stir or knead for a specific number or times. (Multiples of 3 are sacred to the triple goddess.)
* Sing or chant while you stir or knead.
* Garnish the food with magical symbols.
* Eat with intent, internalizing the magic you’ve summoned up!

Menu

Marigold and Dandelion Eggs (Medieval France)
Soda Bread
Snow Oranges

Marigold and Dandelion Eggs

The marigold is said to be one of the flowers which gives forth small bursts of light, usually near twilight on clear days, like a beacon or flash or insight. In the language of flowers, dandelions are ancient oracles. They are also high in vitamin C. Make certain the dandelions you use are free of pesticides.

Ingredients: (Yield: 2 servings)
4 whole dandelion buds
2 Tbl. butter
2 marigold blossoms, chopped (calendula can be substituted)
4 eggs
1/4 cup cream or milk
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. nutmeg

Pick the dandelion buds when they are just about to open. (Remember to ask the plants permission to pick them. ) Melt the butter in a frying pan over low heat. Saute the dandelions until they open wide. (Magic! Visualize the growing power of the sun!) Beat the marigolds, eggs, cream, salt, pepper, and nutmeg in a small bowl. Pour over the dandelions, which will poke through. Cover; cook over low heat until the egg is set and dry on top. Fold in half.

Magical Attributes: Sun magic, positive outcomes in legal matters, prophesy, simple joys.

Celebrations: Candlemas (Imbolc), Spring and summer festivals, Birthday of the Sun.

Soda Bread (Ireland)

Since this was commonly made on St. Patrick’s Day there is no reason not to invoke “luck of the Irish” with this bread. (Or Irish Goddesses such as Brighid!)

Ingredients: (Yield 2 loaves)

3 1/2 cups unbleached flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbl. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. cardamon
1/4 cup butter
1 cup currants
1 1/2 cups buttermilk, room temperature
1 egg
1 tsp. grated lemon rind

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Mix the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cardamon in a large bowl. Cut in the butter using a fork or pastry cutter until fine crumbs are formed; stir in currants. In a small bowl, beat the buttermilk, egg, and lemon rind. Stir the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients.

Knead the dough on a floured surface for 4 minutes. Divide into two pieces. Place in greased 8-inch pie pans; press dough until it reaches the edges. Cut an appropriate symbol in the top of the dough. Bake until golden brown. 35 to 40 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting.

Magical Attributes: Love, happiness, simplicity, health, lunar magic (lemon)

Celelbrations: Candlemas (Imbolc), most winter rituals, honoring Irish dieties.

Snow Oranges

When properly prepared this dish looks like the sun rising off the snow. To increase the visual effect, try a pattern with orange pieces.

Ingredients: (Yield: 8 servings)

2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
1-12 oz. can mandarin oranges, drained (reserve syrup)
2 1/2 cups sugar
3 cups whipped cream

In a medium-sized bowl, dissolve the gelatin in the cold water. Add water to the mandarin orange syrup to make 2 cups. Combine the syrup and sugar in a medium-sized saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat; boil for 5 minutes. Add to the gelatin; stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Cool to lukewarm .

Slowly add the whipped cream to the gelatin. Pour into a chilled 9×9 inch pan. Garnish with the orange slices, pushing them down so that they are just visible through the surface. Chill.

Magical Attributes: Dawn, new beginnings, opportunity.

Celebrations: Candlemas (Imbolc), any sunrise ritual, before job interviews or onset of new endeavors, initiation.

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