Category: Cooking

Intuition, Empathy, and Synesthesia In Cooking

Hello, fine friends! Welcome back to the blog! Today I have some cool things to discuss – intuition, empathy, my synesthesia, and how they relate to my path of life and the route I want to take with my craft.

I realized awhile back that I follow my intuition a lot while I’m cooking, sometimes more than I follow the recipe! For example, sometimes a dish is in progress and I taste it. I figure out from the flavor that it needs something like garlic, so I add what’s almost always the right amount of garlic.

It’s kind of weird, but it makes for delicious food. Another weird thing is that every dish I make has its own personality. Some foods are more finicky and needy than others, but I’m almost always able to empathize with them in a way. I realized this as I was cooking a scramble last night. I somehow intuitively know what to do to make it taste good.

Intuition at it finest!
The scramble!

Intuition In The Kitchen

I’m a better cook than baker and tea maker, but I enjoy doing all three. This could perhaps be because I don’t have a ton of practice with the tea yet and I don’t have the best audience for baked goods. My husband and housemates are a tough crowd for cookies and the like, but they are far more receptive when I cook dinner.

I am strongly intuitive as a general rule, and that can be frustrating when things don’t come as easily to me as breathing. I have a tendency to quit on activities when the going gets rough or it starts to get difficult. This is a dumb thing to do, I’m aware. It’s one of my spiritual assignments for that reason. Cooking, however, is one of the most meditative activities I can do regardless of how it turns out. There’s something special and almost artistic about cooking a big meal. So where does empathy come in?

Empathy and Cooking, What??

I’m an empath, many people have said. I feel what others are feeling. That can be very good or very bad, depending on the strength of the emotion that isn’t mine. Listening to people talk about things that have happened to them affects me the most. It’s like someone sticks me inside of the memory and I can’t get out, even after the discussion is over. I also struggle with picking up most social cues and have trained myself to function socially by going into situations assuming that everyone feels negatively towards me. That is kind of a backwards way of doing things, but it’s worked in a twisted sort of way for years. Empathy is my saving grace in social situations because I can pick up when something is off with people and act accordingly.

With food, however, it’s a combination of empathy, intuition, and even synesthesia, to some extent. If I’m able to understand what I’m cooking, I can understand what it wants, so to speak, just like I can with a person. The flavors take on shapes, too, which is very helpful. A lot of witchcraft resources talk about casting spells or setting intentions while you cook, but I often forget to do that. For me, the act of cooking is magical. I feel connected to what I make spiritually, whether it takes two hours or ten minutes to make. It’s one of my favorite activities.

Putting Everything Together

How do these gifts relate to my craft? The short answer is, they’re everything to me. All of them are blessings and curses. When they unite in cooking, however, they are great allies to have. Flavors get translated the same way as music does in my mind – in structure, shape, and color. This is incredibly helpful because it helps determine what flavors I like and how well they match. Intuition tells me where to go and empathy tells me what to do while I’m getting there.

I think it’s so important to have empathy and intuition when working with anything magical. You don’t have to be casting grandiose spells, in my opinion. You can if you want to, but I don’t think it’s mandatory. I like what Marie Kondo has to say. To paraphrase: if it doesn’t bring you joy, get rid of it. Intuition and empathy in my craft are, however, indispensable.

Thank you for reading! Stay cool!
-E

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What’s Cooking? A Look Into My Kitchen

Hello, all! I have been very busy today and yesterday. I went to an herb store yesterday evening and the lady who runs it was super cool! She found all the herbs on my list and I walked out of there a happy customer. She even had vervain and agrimony! I was very impressed. She also had valerian root. Valerian root is a jerk to blend with. I blended it with jasmine, chamomile, lemon peel, lemongrass, and honeysuckle, and still the valerian was a jerk and overpowered everything. It did do its job and knock me out cold for the night, though. Kudos to valerian root. I wondered what I would do with all of these neat supplies today. I also went grocery shopping yesterday, so it’s been a busy day cooking and brewing tea. What exactly is cooking today? Let’s take a look!

Codfish For Lunch

What's cooking? Cod is...or was.

This beautiful mess is a Mediterranean codfish dish (say that 10 times fast!!) that contains asparagus, a whole leek, a whole onion, about a cup of olives, two tomatoes, olive OIL, a whole stick of butter, and more. My husband liked it and asked for a refill. He doesn’t normally eat a lot of food in one sitting in general, so asking for a refill is something very rare. It’s a high compliment! He also didn’t add additional salt, which blew my mind. He refers to himself as the Salt Lord, so seeing the Salt Lord eat a thing and not need more salt…dang. I’m impressed with myself. I really am good at cooking!

It was very easy to make and I didn’t hurt myself making it. Opening the asparagus can was a little tricky. Thank goodness my husband is here today or else I would not have been able to open it. Once the blasted can was open, everything else went smoothly. 

It took about 20 minutes to bake the dish and it was worth every minute. I was super hungry while I waited for it to bake, but I stayed strong and didn’t give in to my hunger. It was worth it!

It tasted super fresh and was delightful. The onion slices were too big, though, which threw off the balance a little bit. They did, however, absorb a lot of the butter and olive juice. It was  super nice and was probably that poor onion’s saving grace here. It was a big hit!

Taste the Herbs: Today’s Tea Making

Before all of the cod shenanigans, I made two slightly different pots of tea. A friend of mine loves hibiscus in her tea but is allergic to citrus. I took it as a challenge to make her some hibiscus tea without citrus. The blend I ended up liking the most contained hibiscus, cinnamon, lemongrass, allspice, and a tiny bit of peppermint. The first round was slightly more tart with a cinnamon finish and the second one had more pepperminty roundness, probably because I added more peppermint. My synesthesia loved it. 

I’m super pleased with how all of these turned out. Here’s a picture of the blend so far:

She should get her blend tonight or tomorrow. I’m excited to see what she thinks!

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October 1st, parts 1 and 2

Happy October 1st, friends!

It always seems like there’s a bad day before a good day happens. 2 October was a bad anniversary for me for many years, and I thank the Divine that I have mostly forgotten what that was all about. That’s a good feeling, a very good feeling, indeed…

Anywho, what’s up in the kitchen today? Good question. I want to talk about something I’m also awful at – keeping my spaces clean. But seeing as it’s the start of the witchiest month of the year, I am going to do a lot of cleaning and cleansing today. I don’t plan on cooking anything special today, but I will share a recipe at the end that’s magical by itself alone.

I will share three things about cleaning with you – my cleaning past, my cleaning present, and my cleaning future.

The Past

In the past, I fought anyone who tried to make me clean up. I viewed it as a terrible waste of time because it would just inevitably get messy again. So I would always drag my feet and complain about cleaning. It was nothing but a horrible chore to me, and I hated it. I took no pride in my work, no satisfaction in the end result. My work and my attitude were awful. Then I learned something.

When I threw myself into housework while very sad, my life got better. I started to take pride in my work and have satisfaction when I did well. I made my own cleaning spray the way my mom taught me, and I got very good at cleaning. Then I got sick.

The Present

After I got sick, it got harder to clean and while my housemates took over, I still felt really bad about leaving a mess. I stopped making my special to do lists at that point and lost a lot of focus and vision for my life. I’ve known for a long time that working on something – anything – is one of my best ways of doing self care. After learning about witchcraft and the importance of having a clean space, I want to get back into cleaning up because the kitchen is a mess and it’s driving me nuts. So that brings us to:

The Future

As I get better at cleaning again, I know my mind will become more orderly, as well, and I’ll feel better about life. When my husband and I get our own place someday, I want to keep it immaculate and do things like dry herbs in there from a possible herb garden. I think it will be easier to keep clean because it would be two people’s (read: my) messes instead of four people’s. That’s my plan.

Now, enjoy the famous spray my mother taught me how to make.

Mom's Countertop Spray

You will need:
Spray bottle
1 part vinegar
1 part water
10-20 drops essential oil of your choice

To make:
We have a 1:1 ratio of vinegar to water,
so fill up the spray bottle with both ingredients
and drop the essential oils in. Shake well and use.

Note: DO NOT use on wood.

The spray will damage it.

Have a good day! Stay cool!

Eris

A few hours later….

I DID IT!!

 
 
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The kitchen is clean, the sink has been rinsed out,

 
 
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and the tea shelves have been decluttered.

 
 
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My immune booster tea.
 
 
 

I didn’t intend to clean the shelves, I just got very frustrated that I couldn’t run like I wanted to and it just kinda happened. I was also procrastinating going to the store, and my husband said I should procrastinate like that more often. I guess I can, but it’s a special kind of procrastination that combines the desire for physical activity and change in environment with the desire to be productive and NOT go outside on a rainy day. I was not happy about today’s rain. It’s cleared up for now, but it was still wet and the ground was covered in puddles when I managed to finally go outside. Pretty, but not fun to walk around in. I did my thing and am back home slamming immune booster tea because I wonder if I am getting sick. I am probably just being a hypochondriac. That’s life.

 
 

In case you’re wondering what my immune booster tea is, it’s two bags of Traditional Medicinals Immune Booster echinacea tea plus one bag of chamomile tea. It should have a nice calming effect.

 
 

Now you might be wondering what that has to do with witchcraft!

 
 

From everything I’ve read, every witch practices differently and you don’t have to practice in the same way anyone else does. I’m not big on banishing negative energies aloud, but I do believe that by cleaning up my workspace, I am banishing the negative energy in my head, at least. If your environment is clean, your head is more likely to be clear….and you can make better food in safer conditions if you are cooking in a clean kitchen.

 
 

Remember, I am still awful at this, but we all have room for growth. The purpose of this blog is partially to hold me accountable, and I expect my readers to do just that. I want to continue to grow, not remain stagnant.

 
 

Also expect me to grow in my knowledge of herbs, spices, and oils.

 
 

Thanks for reading, and stay cool!

Eris

 

First Run of Kitchen Magick: The Dragon Egg Experiment

This post was originally posted on 30 September 2019.

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Dragon Eggs

Hello, fine friends!

If you caught my previous post, you’ll know that I was going to make shortbread. Well, the shortbread recipe I picked wasn’t even close to how I wanted it to taste, so I tried my hand at melting chocolate to mix in with the base dough. That didn’t go so well and I almost blew up a bowl. No, it was not metal in a microwave, but it was still bad. I took that as a sign that I was not supposed to put chocolate in my shortbread dough, so I found Nutella in the pantry and mixed that into the cookies. I was still a little rattled from the chocolate explosion, so I almost lost track of the intention I was setting. It got a little scrambled, but I regained control as I reached for the blackberry preserves in the fridge. The final intention came out as I was worrying about my lost wedding ring: Those who eat these cookies will have good luck, find what was lost, and be happy.

I then proceeded to eat a lot of (very hot) cookies and my intention worked. After getting off the phone with my grandparents, my husband texted me and told me to check the trash once more for my wedding ring just in case it fell off in there. We’d checked the same trash bag 2-3 times before, but I had a mini-impression that I should check in one particular bag. Lo and behold, there it was!

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The wedding ring!

To me, that’s the power of an intention and tasty cookies.

We’ll have to see how the rest of the intention plays out, but I am proud of myself for working kitchen Magick. In case you want the recipe, here ’tis:

Dragon Eggs

You will need:
3/4 cup butter
5 tablespoons sugar
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon Nutella/hazelnut spread
2 tablespoons blackberry preserves

Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Have your intention ready, you will need it as you're preparing the cookies. Mix all ingredients together and carry your intention with you in your mind or say it aloud. The dough should be purplish and slightly tangy. Roll the dough into balls and put them into the oven for 20 minutes. Take them out and let them cool before eating!! Give thanks, rinse and repeat as desired.

Thank y’all for reading!!

Stay cool!

Eris

Cravings…

Hello, all!

I have had a large craving for herbs lately and I want to grow an herb garden. That’s one of my goals for when my husband and I have our own house. There are some things that need to be done before that can happen, though, but I look forward to it. Until then, I am building my Pinterest boards for how I want things to look at this moment in time.

Out of all the different kinds of Magick I am curious about, I’m drawn to kitchen witchcraft the most. (I believe I discussed this in my last post??). We all know that one person whose cooking seems to be magical. My Mimi may have been a secret kitchen witch – she made the best food I have ever had. I remember playing in her enormous herb garden when I was small. She made everything with love and care, regardless of who it was for or what the occasion was. I definitely think that there’s power in cooking food made with love and there’s also a power in food made with spite or anger. The mood in which you cook makes a difference.

The reason why I am drawn to kitchen witchcraft is because I love to cook, I love herbs, baking, and tea. Cooking is an act of meditation for me. Before I learned about my guides, I would just chill out and listen to music while I stirred pots, chopped veggies, and added ingredients. I know some people who get impatient while cooking, but for me it’s the art I’m most patient with. Now it will be a time to connect with my guides and meditate in that way. I also love making homemade tea and using essential oils. I confess that I’ve been doing essential oils wrong, though – I didn’t know carrier oil was a thing and that you were supposed to dilute the essential oils with the carrier oil!! Oh, jeez… I haven’t given any mixes to anyone else and thank goodness I haven’t developed a sensitivity to it or else I’d be toast. I do want to make a salve for joint pain for a friend who has gone through a lot and a tea for another friend who loves hibiscus. I want to grow hibiscus if we end up living someplace warm.

I love the idea of coffee Magick, as well. From all of my research, you can stir patterns in that mean something (like a sigil or another magical symbol), or infuse energies, or anything you want. I drink coffee every day and my husband loves it when I make him coffee, as well. I can cast a spell or set an intention on his coffee to possibly help him with stress and to give him energy and clarity.

Regarding spellwork, I am not a huge fan of rhyme and feel weird casting spells aloud, so I might just stick to infusing what I cook or brew with intentions and drawing sigils as I stir. I think that could be just as powerful as more formal witchcraft because it’s very personal. I have a lot of things I love to make that I can easily infuse with intentions. I might make shortbread today and infuse it with an intention that all who eat it can enjoy happiness this week.

May your cravings be satisfied!

Stay cool!

Eris

Hello!

I’m Eris. Welcome to my blog!

I’m what the kids call a crazy kitchen witch. I love to cook, share recipes, and talk about spiritual things. I am very new to the term “witch”, so bear with me as I figure stuff out! Everyone practices differently, so I’m trying to find what suits me. I’m leaning towards herbal and food magic. You’ll find me on my computer blogging, talking to my friends, in the kitchen making food or tea, or doing my thing on Pinterest! I’m building a witchy compendium of goodness there and I’m quite pleased with it. Follow me!

I’m blogging buddies with Tori at The Less than Perfect Life and we both cook and do awesome stuff with herbs, so you’ll be hearing from and about her, too! She’s awesome.

Watch this space and stay cool!

-Eris

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