The Wicca Cookbook: Recipes, Ritual, and Lore


For Wiccans, spirituality has always been a part of food preparation. According to the Wiccan religion the eight sabbats cycle through the year like seasons, and each is celebrated with traditional foods, herbs, and the ritual invocation of Divine power. The recipes in The Wicca Cookbook are divided into sections for each of these nature-based festivals. Preceding nearly every recipe is a discussion of its spiritual meaning, the therapeutic value of its ingredients, and a spell ...
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For Wiccans, spirituality has always been a part of food preparation. According to the Wiccan religion the eight sabbats cycle through the year like seasons, and each is celebrated with traditional foods, herbs, and the ritual invocation of Divine power. The recipes in The Wicca Cookbook are divided into sections for each of these nature-based festivals. Preceding nearly every recipe is a discussion of its spiritual meaning, the therapeutic value of its ingredients, and a spell or ritual that can be performed along with the food preparation.

Many of the recipes contain flowers and herbs having special meaning to the Wiccan religion. These earthy ingredients possess unique characteristics that not only enhance the flavor but also add a sacred quality that imparts the Divine to every dish. Whether they make Rose Petal Jam, Apple Scones, Medieval Honey Cakes, or Yule Log Treats, Wiccans can bring Mother Nature into their meals and welcome the Goddess every day in new and tasty ways.

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“What exactly is in this elusive licorice-tinged Italian digestif? A half dozen toads, two chicken feet, one bat's ear, three hairs of a princess — who knows. Like the Wicca Cookbook re-release, the spirit is oddly mesmerizing.”
—LA Weekly, Squid Ink blog, Top 10 Cookbook And Drink Gift Pairings, 12/14/10

"A solid, refreshingly historic view with revised Middle Ages recipes. . . . The well-researched recipes and their historical relevance are really interesting reads, and hardly in a dry, academic sort of way."
—LA Weekly, Squid Ink blog, 10/29/10

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780890879955
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.05 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMIE WOOD has been a practitioner and teacher of Wicca and other earth-based spiritual practices since 1990. She is the author of The Wiccan Herbal, The Teen Spell Book, and The Enchanted Diary. Also a novelist of young adult fiction, Jamie lives and works in southern California. 

TARA SEEFELDT is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles in medieval history and has been a practicing Wiccan since 1985. She lives and teaches in Arizona.

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Chapter One


Directing positive, calming energy into food preparation begins with the creation of a sacred space. You can choose to make up your own meditation or try this centering ceremony: Stand or sit still. Clear your mind of all thoughts. Envision a silver cord beginning from the center of your solar plexus/stomach and going down through you into Mother Earth. See the cord extend to Her depths. Feel Her strength empower you. Feel the warmth and love surge up that silver cord and reach to every outstretched finger, tingle the top of your head, and travel down to your toes. When you feel centered, begin cooking. As you mix the ingredients, you add a part of yourself with your thoughts and prayers.

    Take the time to make your kitchen a loving, welcoming space. If you direct warm and caring energy into your kitchen, others will feel comfortable, and you will feel energized. It is here where you can create magic. Even without a formal ritual, you are still creating positive energy and divination each time you cook with love in your heart.

    The most important ingredient you can add to any dish is your intent. All of these recipes can and most likely will be altered to match your personal palate as well as those of your family and friends. The combination of food and spices won't work the magic that your pure intent will.

    Centering yourself and making the connection with the Goddess often begins the process of setting up a circle. A circle is usually cast outdoors and provides a place of safety and protection for its participants. Weoffer the following example of creating a circle, although as you progress along your unique Wiccan path you will come across many variations. The important thing is to keep an open mind and incorporate your style and set of beliefs. To cast a circle, you must first ground yourself. Begin by closing your eyes and visualize energy from the Mother rising from the earth, coursing as white light through your entire being. Take three deep breaths. Light dried sage leaves (typically contained in an abalone shell). Direct the smoke all around you, paying close attention to those areas in your aura that feel particularly vulnerable. Pass the sage clockwise around the circle so that your guests can ground themselves with the cleansing herb. To garner protection and guidance from the four directions, hold the sage up to the eastern sky and say

Hail all ye Guardians, Guides and Spirits of the East!
We do summon, invoke, and call you forth
That you may bear witness to this ceremony,
Granting your protection and guidance.

    Move to the south and repeat the chant substituting the proper direction. Repeat this rite for the western and northern quadrants. Then walk clockwise around the circle and sprinkle grain as an offering for the God and pour wine or fruit juice on the earth for the Goddess.


By these offerings to the God and Goddess,
We ask for the inspiration and direction from
Both the feminine and masculine aspects of Deity.
We declare this circle has been cast.
Between all worlds we stand,
and maintain a spiritual connection that is in harmony with nature and the Goddess, we first use different props, which provide the medium through which we tap into the available energy. Some readers have become so proficient in connecting with Spirit that they do not need this ritualistic form of setting a circle. On their spiritual quest and way to enlightenment, some Wiccans have become more aware and present and live in the now moment. Spell casting has developed into a natural appendage of their Wiccan path. Like actors rehearsing for a Broadway show—where markings are set for positions and cues are given—after enough practice, their spiritual course and alignment with Spirit becomes uncontrived and flows with an easy rythym. We applaud these solitary Wiccans.

    We remind you to spiral down to the physical level after working with Spirit. When channeling and meditating with the Goddess, some will feel cold or warm but definitely otherworldly in that quiet, sacred space between the two worlds. Like the discomfort of being jolted awake from a lovely dream, a quick return to the earthly plane can be painful and sometimes frightening. It is a sudden disconnection from the Mother that causes this lost, empty feeling. We implore that after you work with the Goddess, you gently return yourself to the mundane level either by meditation, movement, or water. Water is fluid like the Goddess and can remind you of the connection you felt. It will ease you back to the denser experience of the physical world.



The walnuts in this bread are a consecrated presence within the Candlemas celebration because they represent all that is yet to manifest. A spell is the seed of the future manifestation, just like the walnut is the seed of the future tree.

    Magic is affected by sources outside of ourselves at moments. Spell casting can be so exciting, and yet frustrating, because the result can be altered based on our individuality, the arrangement of the cosmos, and the highest need of all humankind at that particular moment in time.

    We can achieve our desired conclusion in our incantations, albeit not always in a form we recognize. The movement of one planet in particular can essentially reverse the effect of a spell.

    Spell casting is an oral communication spoken aloud to the Universe. Mercury rules communication. About four times a year, Mercury appears to be moving backward, which is known as a Mercury retrograde. Each retrograde lasts three to four weeks. When we experience a Mercury retrograde, all forms of communication are altered, such as mail service, telephones, relationships, computers, electronics, and of course, spell casting.

    During this interlude, our systems are scattered, and chaos seems to be at its peak. But in this confusion, a great lesson is offered. When everything has been rearranged, a fresh way of looking at a problem presents itself, a trait we did not know we possessed comes to light, and we rise to the occasion. We must let go of all expectations and be prepared to laugh at the unpredictability of a Mercury retrograde—-or find ourselves quite frustrated. We can experience success as long as we are willing to accept the lessons and laugh, laugh, laugh.

    (Jennifer DeVeoux, who firmly believes in food's innate healing powers—especially when energetically charged with positive intent—gives this recipe to us.)

2 loaves, serving 8

Blend the yeast and 1/4 cup (60 milliliters) of the warm milk. Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes, until foaming (see note).

    Add the butter to the remaining 3/4 cup (180 milliliters) of milk; let the butter melt. In a large bowl, mix the flour with the sugar and salt. Make a well in the center of the flour, and pour in the milk and butter mixture. Mix until well blended. Let cool for 5 minutes. Add the yeast mixture and mix again until well blended.

    Turn the dough out onto a floured board. Knead until elastic and soft, approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Place the kneaded dough in a greased bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let rise for 2 hours in a warm, draft-free place, or until doubled.

    Punch down the dough. Turn the dough out onto a floured board. Knead in the onion and walnuts until evenly distributed. Cut into two pieces and shape into long, thin loaves, about 1 1/2 inches (3.75 centimeters) thick. Let stand for 45 minutes, uncovered, in a warm, draft-free place. Preheat the oven to 400ºF (200ºC). Transfer the loaves to a parchment paper- or waxed paper-lined baking sheet.

    Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when you tap it.

    This bread well accompanies most soft cheeses, such as goat, Brie, or even cream cheese.

Note: Whenever you combine yeast with a liquid, be it milk or water, make sure that the liquid is warm. Either measure the temperature with a thermometer (between 105ºF [41ºC] and 125ºF [52ºC]) or go by touch (the water should be warm to the touch, but not hot; the temperature of a warm bath is perfect). With all yeast breads, you must first test the yeast. To test, dissolve the yeast in 1/4 cup (60 milliliters) of warm water or milk with a pinch of sugar. The liquid should bubble, proving the yeast is active. Then follow the instructions.

Excerpted from THE WICCA COOKBOOK by Jamie Wood and Tara Seefeldt. Copyright © 2000 by Jamie Wood and Tara Seefeldt. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.


By Mark Fuhrman

Regnery Publishing, Inc.

Copyright © 1997 MARK FUHRMAN. All rights reserved.

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Table of Contents

Introduction        1
Creating a Sacred Space       10
Spell Casting      14
Medieval Cooking    17
Growing and Using Herbs        23
What Makes a Cookbook Wiccan?  29

Candlemas          35
   Candlemas Pâté       36
   Brigid’s Seeded Hummus 37
   Cupid’s Cold Slaw    38
   Walnut-Onion Bread   39
   Brigid’s Magical Bread 41
   Puffy Omelet         42
   Frumenty             43
   Crustade of Chicken  44
   Blood Orange Mahi Mahi 45
   Imbolc Moon Cookies  46
   Snowflake Cakes      47
   Valentine’s Chocolate 49
   Divinely Spiced Wine 50

Spring Equinox      53
   White Sage House Blessing Ceremony       54
   Wild Woman White Sage Jelly 55
   Quenelles            56
   Stuffed Nasturtiums  57
   Springtime Quiche    58
   Goddess Athena Pitas 59
   Gumbo                61
   Violet Salad         62
   Deva Saffron Bread   63
   Elder Flower Sweet Bread     64
   “Be Sweet” Honey Cakes 65
   Hot Cross Buns       66
   White Chocolate Mousse in Tulip Cups      68
   Ostara Pineapple Punch 69
   Dandelion Wine       70

Beltane           73
   Ares’ Asparagus Soup 74
   Scrumptious Sage Soup 75
   Beltane Oatcake      76
   Zucchini-Chocolate Muffins   77
   Wild Rose Faery Jam  79
   Angel Noodles in Faery Butter             80
   Ham and Calendula Finger Sandwiches      81
   Divine Chicken Skewers 82
   Griddle Ahi with Herbs 84
   Mead                 86
   May Day Wine         87
   Beltane Wine Punch   88

Summer Solstice     91
   Litha Avocado Salad  92
   Cucumber Salsa       93
   Lilith’s Lily Fair Soup      94
   Midsummer Ale Bread  95   
   Bejeweled Green Beans 96
   Noodles della Italia 97
   Vegetable Frittata   98
   Elder Flower Chicken 100
   Almond Milk         101
   Sun King Pork       102
   Sunshine Jell-O    104
   Midsummer Witches’ Rose Dessert      105
   Cherry Pottage      106
   Fruited Iced Tea    108
   Summer Sangria      109
   Rose Hip Wine       110

Lammas           113
   Potato-Corn Chowder 114
   Barley and Mushroom Soup     115
   Cornbread           116
   Herbed Flatbread    117
   Sun Bread           118
   Lugh’s Corn Casserole 119
   Sun Rice            121
   Cú Chulainn Pasta   122
   Grilled Trout       124
   Raspberry Nutty Muffins      125
   Berry, Honey, and Hazelnut Crumble 126
   Blackberry Pudding  128
   Lammas Cooler       130
   Rose Water          131
   Luscious Lavender Lemonade          132

Autumnal Equinox   135
   Dionysian Stuffed Grape Leaves      138
   Kitcheri            140
   Parsley and Potato Soup      141
   Enchanting Grape Salad 142
   Luminous Crescents  143
   Roasted Carrots     144
   Farls               146
   Yam Enchiladas      147
   Medieval Game Bird  148
   Vegetable Lamb Shanks 149
   Banana Bread        150
   Soothing Juniper and Mulled Pears      151
   Pomegranate Sorbet  152
   Witches’ Thanksgiving Brew   154

Samhain          157
   Yam and Acorn Squash Soup    158
   Chicken-Barley Stew with Herbs        159
   Onion Shortcake     160
   Apple Scones        161
   Baked Butternut Squash 162
   Stuffed Pumpkin     163
   Magickal Mushrooms  165
   Eclectic Eggplant   166
   Rosemary Salmon     167
   Pumpkin-Praline Pie 168
   Molasses-Ginger Animal Cookies           170
   All Hallows’ Eve Cakes 172
   Baked Apples        173
   Wassail Wiccan Punch 174
   Pumpkin Juice       175

Winter Solstice    177
   Bourbon-Rosemary Almonds           178
   Latkes              179
   Chakra Cranberry Sauce 180
   Wheel of the Year Soba and Tofu          182
   Caraway Breadsticks 183
   Lambs Wool Apples   184
   Yule Turkey         185
   Stuffed Turkey Burgers 188
   Tamales de los Martinez     189
   Yuletide Treats     191
   Dana Dew’s Fudge-O-Rama      192
   Hot Ginger Tea      193
   Glüwein             194

Kitchen Witchery with Kids         197
   Grandma Gloria’s French Bread             199
   Full Moon Cookies   200
   Earth Mama Granola Bars      201
   Ostara Rolls        202
   Cheesey Toast       203
   Cherry Scones       204
   Summertime Garden Pizza      205
   Autumn Awesome Apple Pie         207
   Magickal Roasted Pumpkin Pasta     208
   No Leftovers Lentil-Cauliflower Soup  210

Bibliography      211
Index            213
Metric Conversion
Chart 216

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    In working in a bookstore, I noticed not many people wanted much to do with this book. But upon opening it, you are in for a real surprise. The layout is simple but stunning and each recipe is accompanied by a brief little piece of history or folklore. It's an excellent choice for a genuine kitchen witch who loves working with herbs and serving up a little part of history!

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