Many Pagans like to celebrate the Sabbats with feasting, friends and food. As the Wheel of the Year turns, it can help bring us more in tune with the seasons if we incorporate our spirituality into our meal planning and menus. Here's a collection of recipe ideas for all eight of the modern Pagan sabbat celebrations, as well as some tips on how to be an effective kitchen witch!
Samhain is a season to honor the dead, celebrate our ancestors, and get in touch with the spirit world as the earth grows colder and dies once more. Put together some of these tasty seasonal ideas for your Samhain celebration: ghost poop mousse (sounds gross, but your kids will love it), sugar skulls, banshee mulled wine, and butternut squash casserole! It's all about comfort food this time of year, so dig in.
Are you ready to mix up some kitchen magic for Yule, the Winter Solstice? Celebrate the longest night of the year -- and the midwinter chilliness, with fun seasonal recipes like wassail, hot buttered rum, peppermint fudge, and a rich cholocate Yule Log cake.
In many Pagan traditions, the Imbolc sabbat is a time to honor new life, and the warmth of the hearthfire. Celebrate your Sabbat with seasonal recipes such as baked custard, bacon and leeks, braided bread, curried lamb, and Irish cream truffles.
Ostara, the spring equinox, is a time full of new life and new beginnings. Plan your Sabbat menu accordingly, to reflect the themes of the season. Try simple, earthy recipes like devilled eggs, spring sprout salad, and mint chutney. Also, try our marshmellow peep ambrosia, for a great way to get rid of some of that leftover Easter candy!
Beltane, or May Day, is a sabbat that honors the fertility of the earth and the greening of the land. It's a time to celebrate fire and lustiness, so incorporate these themes into your Sabbat celebration's menu. Try our fiery green beans, candied flower petals, Scottish bannocks, fertility bread, and our always-popular Green Man cake!
Litha, the summer solstice, is the longest day of the year, and it's a time to delve into our gardens and reap the benefits of the midsummer bounty! Take advantage of the sunny evenings, and put together a table of fiery grilled salmon, delicious vegetables, fresh fruit fennel salad, and a nice cold pitcher of lemon balm tea!
Lammas or Lughnasadh is the celebration of the early harvest, and it's a time to honor the spirit of the grain fields. Why not incorporate some seasonal themes into your Sabbat menu? Put together dishes that celebrate the harvest - try some basil pesto fresh from the garden, blackberry cobbler, Lammas bread, and roasted garlic corn!
Mabon, or the autumn equinox, is a time to celebrate the abundance of the harvest and the bounty of the earth. Bring those themes to you Sabbat dinner table, and try some of these seasonal dishes: crockpot apple butter with Dark Mother bread, a Ren-Faire style turkey leg, and delicious stuffed grape leaves.
The Wiccan ritual known as Cakes and Ale is often celebrated as a way of thanking the gods for their blessings. Cakes are usually just cookies prepared in the shape of crescent moons, and the ale can be alcoholic or it can be apple cider, juice, or even water. Use this simple recipe to prepare Cakes and Ale for your own rituals.
Many Pagans choose to offer a blessing before a meal. If you and your family or friends would like to do this, you can use one of our many Pagan meal blessings as a way of beginning a celebratory feast. No matter how you're celebrating, it's always worth taking a moment to express our gratitude!
There's an ever-increasing part of the Pagan community that practices kitchen magic -- this is an eclectic tradition that focuses on the hearth and home as the center of magical tradition. Specifically, the kitchen! Learn about how kitchen witches incorporate meal planning, recipes, and food consumption into their magical practice each day. Also, read up on tips to make your kitchen a magical place!