Monday 19 October 2020

Kitchen Witchcraft: The Magic of Mashed Potato

This post on kitchen witchcraft is by Jane Mortimer:

I was trying to think of ways to make the most mundane kitchen tasks feel more magickal and less of a chore, so I thought I'd explore the magickal correspondences of some really ordinary foods - starting with mashed potato. Breaking down the ingredients, these are the magickal properties I found:

  • Water: Life
  • Potatoes: Stability and protection
  • Butter: Smooths and soothes energies, increases tenacity and eases transitions
  • Salt: Protection, purification, healing
  • Pepper: Protection, banishing negativity
  • Garlic: Protection, strength and healing
  • Onion: Prosperity, stability, endurance, protection and banishing negativity

I've been seasoning our mash with increasing amounts of garlic and onion granules (about 1/4 tsp of each), mixed with 1/8 tsp each of salt and pepper, lashings of butter but no milk for some time now. If it needs more liquid I reserve some of the cooking water and use that. First I mash with a masher, then I whip it from here to next week with a big old fork to make it nice and creamy - till it feels like my arm's going to fall off. I see this as a way of raising the power it needs to deliver the magick.

Looking at the overlapping magickal properties of all the ingredients, it's no wonder mashed potato is such a great comfort food!

The photo is copyright Jane Mortimer. 

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