Hiding in Plain Sight: Cooking

The Hiding in Plain Sight series is about ways that you can inconspicuously incorporate your faith into your everyday life. This is ideal for people who can’t or don’t want to announce to those around them that they practice witchcraft. While the previous two posts focussed on discretely wearing charms and using colour magick, this post will focus on how to incorporate plant magick into your regular diet.

As pagan recipes commonly include fresh, natural produce, you can disguise your pagan recipes by saying ‘I wanted to try something different’ or ‘I want to improve my diet’. There is nothing obviously magical about  cinnamon or corn, for example, so providing you don’t decorate your meals with a pentacle, it is unlikely that those around you will guess the true nature of your meals.

As discussed in PAN’s previous Plant Magick post, different plants are imbued with different properties. While some spells and rituals call for burning or smudging with various plants, ingesting them may be a way imbue yourself with their powers. Please note: not all plants are suitable for consumption. If you are not sure if it is safe to ingest a particular plant, please seek professional advice first.

If you would like to add some pagan cuisine to your diet but are unsure how, please see below for a list of pagan recipe books. PAN does not have any commercial contracts with these authors. They are provided as suggestions only.


A Kitchen Witch’s World of Magical Food by Rachel Patterson 2015, Moon Books

Ancient Tonics and Diets by Dueep Jyot Singh and John Davidson 2016, Mendon Cottage Books

Celtic Folklore Cooking by Joanne Asala 2004, Llewellyn Publications

Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Wicca in the Kitchen by Scott Cunningham 2012, Llewelyn Publications

European Festival Food by Elisabeth Luard 2009, Grub Street

Holidays of the World Cookbook for Students by Lois Sinaiko Webb 1995, Greenwood Publishing Group

Mabon: Rituals, Recipes and Lore for the Autumn Equinox by Diana Rajchel 2015, Llewellynh Publications

Make Mead Like a Viking: Traditional Techniques for Brewing Natural, Wild-Fermented Honey-Based Wines and Beers by Jereme Zimmerman 2015, Chelsea Green Publishing

Tastes from the Temple by Dawn Hunt 2011, Copper Cauldron Publishing

The Wild and Weedy Apothecary by Doreen Shababy 2010, Llewellyn Publications

Witchy Magic by Lucy Cavendish and Serene Conneeley 2012, Blessed Bee


Do you have a favourite pagan recipe? If so, tell us in the comment section below.


One thought on “Hiding in Plain Sight: Cooking

  1. Thanks for the beautiful article Yoshi.

    Its not a recipe as such but a herbal remedy i swear by is great for when you have a cold, flu or sore throat.

    All you need is:

    Elderflower cordial
    Grated garlic
    Grated ginger
    Boiling water

    Place the ingredients in a mug and then pour boiling water over the top. Let it steep for 5 minutes then drink the liquid. The garlic and ginger will sink to the bottom of the mug. Drink a cup of the mixture a few times a day when you are feeling unwell.

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