You may have seen a YouTube or TikTok video of kitchen magick and it piqued your interest. What even is a witch who practiced their magick with food? Simply put, a kitchen witch is a loose term for a practitioner who highlights recipes, cooking, and food at the center of their practice.
As with any path, there are undoubtedly expectations versus realities perpetuated by those on the outside. Here I am going to debunk some of these myths about kitchen witchery in hopes to encourage those who wish to dip their toe in the wondrous world of food magick.
With all of my posts, they are to be taken as crash courses. Always assume to do more research. Never take one source as absolute truth. I highly recommend to forge your path through reading books, other blogs and websites, and of course through your own personal practice.
Having said this, fire up those cauldrons Witches!
- EXPECTATION: You must be a master chef in order to be a Kitchen Witch
REALITY: You do not need any formal training in order to practice kitchen magick
This is the perfect example of perfectionist thinking. All or nothing. Having said that, even master chefs make mistakes. So this false expectation should not deter you from trying your hand at kitchen magick.
It goes without saying that formal training can certainly add to a kitchen witch’s practice; however, it is by no means a requirement. I believe not knowing every single little thing about a path is an advantage. Not just going through experiments but making mistakes. After all, it is through mistakes that we learn.
- EXPECTATION: You have to author your own recipes
REALITY: Your magick can consist of recipes from other practitioners
This one puts undue pressure on you from the start. Would you ask a beginner violinist to produce their own concertos? Of course you wouldn’t. So then why fall prey to thinking you have to create your own recipes right off the bat?
Using already established recipes is A-OK. Start with a basic snack. It doesn’t even have to be a full meal. Get comfortable in your kitchen, with your tools. Create a safe space for you to work in and with time you will build your confidence to tackle new and more difficult recipes.
This could lead you to creating your own food spells – or not. Either way is totally fine. No need to mold yourself to fit expectations. Mold your own reality around you and your practice.
- EXPECTATION: Kitchen Witches only practice their magick on special occasions
REALITY: You can incorporate kitchen witchery into every single meal
Let’s float this expectation off the previous one. By starting your practice by testing it out on a snack, that’s proof positive that kitchen witchery isn’t singular to special occasions. Food spells can be incorporated into every single that you feed yourself, your friends, your family. That is what makes it so accessible and practical.
I personally love creating themed dinners soaked in magick. Sabbat feasts are a specialty of mine, with the fanfare and celebration that goes along with it. But I also love my stirring spells, tinctures that turn everyday drinks into magickal potions, a spaghetti dinner made on a regular Tuesday night to share with my fiancé that I put love into for us both to feast upon.
Every single thing that we consume from the water we drink to hydrate our bodies to dinner with friends and beyond has the capacity to nourish us magickally. Get in the habit of practicing this path and watch your life and those around you that you feed drastically improve.
When time and care is taken to create meals and infuse them with your will and intention, they stop being hollow foods void of spiritual nutrients and start becoming pure magick in and of itself.
- EXPECTATION: Kitchen Witchery is limited to the kitchen
REALITY: Kitchen magick happens beyond the room with a stove in it
The initial magick of the kitchen witch is created in the meal prep, the stirring, incantations, sigils painted into baking pans, adding finishing touches, etc. But it continues beyond this space at the center of the home.
Where do you eat? Standing up, biting into a piece of toast over the kitchen sink? Sat down at the dining room table? Posted up in the living room? How about outside sitting on a blanket enjoying a picnic spread? Regardless of where you find yourself eating, kitchen magick extends itself to these places.
One of the neatest things about kitchen witchery is that the magick is portable. Sure, you enjoy the benefits of eating it right away if you are making breakfast before leaving the house. But food isn’t tethered to the home. Make a smoothie bursting with the intention of protection and drink it on your way to work. Make a sandwich to extend this intention and pack it in your lunch. You could even enchant a premade energy bar right before you eat it.
- EXPECTATION: You have to apprentice under a seasoned Kitchen Witch
REALITY: You can begin and continue your practice without any tutelage
Just like you are not required to be a master chef in order to practice food magick, it is not essential to find a practiced kitchen witch to study under. While this isn’t to say that that would be wrong, I’m just saying that it is not necessary.
While it may be scary or you may feel unsure about taking that first step, don’t be. Like mentioned earlier in this post, just start small. You could begin with your favorite snack or meal and then research each ingredient’s metaphysical property.
For instance, let’s say you love to eat ants on a log. Traditionally, this snack is comprised of three ingredients: peanut butter, celery, raisins. Now what does peanut butter correspond to magickally? Stability, energy, and manifestation. Celery is associated with mental and psychic strength. Happiness, healing, cleansing, and longevity are connected with raisins. In essence, this seemingly simple snack offers up much more than meets the eye.
The next step is to activate these properties as you make your ants on logs. Concentrate on how these characteristics make you feel and then channel said feelings into your space and your actions, letting it consume you. Get swept up in the moment of your craft. Practice this as many times as you need before tackling a more involved recipe.
I hope your interest in kitchen witchery is piqued even more now! Let me know in the comments if you tried out the ants on a log snack or cast some kitchen witchery on your own favorite meal! Bright Blessings and Happy Casting!