As it is Thursday I thought I would share one of my favorite spells with you. whats better then an edible spell? You know how I love food and so to me it is tops. This is my feel better chicken soup. I am sure it is a lot like yours or your grandmas. It is a pretty basic recipe that can be made in many different ways.I can hear some of you thinking; but Poppy you said this was a spell, you said it was magic.
Magic is what you make it. Magic is using your will and intent, using your energy to influence an outcome. Staring where I always start if you are going to make this soup for someone to help them get over a cold or flu or depression or what have you, ask their permission. If they know your a witch just ask if you can bring them magic chicken soup to make them feel better with a nice twinkle in your eye and smile. Even non Witchy people will appreciate this. If they don’t know your a witch and your not sure how hip they would be to magic soup ask if you can make them feel better chicken soup that you have said a blessing over.
Permission granted lets cook. The recipe is below but lets talk about making it magic. When preparing your soup you put intent into every step.First you take a moment center yourself, light your candles if you have them and ask that the Goddess and God aid you in your work to heal __________(name of person). As you wash the vegetables you ask that just as the dirt is washed away that the sickness leaves. as you chop vegetables you visualize chopping up the sickness into little pieces until it just dissolves into nothingness. When you stir you stir in a clockwise fashion and ask that this person be blessed with good health. You can also stir in or draw on the soup various runes or symbols you can lay the herbs out in symbols as well. While making the soup you pour in your energy visualizing the person strong and healthy. When you are done, take a moment to sit and relax. Center yourself, take deep breaths. Say a prayer of thanks over your soup to the Goddess and God and ask that they being health to _________. Have a glass of water. Energy work is hard work and it may take a bit out of you, so I recommend taking a 15 minuet break after if you can.
I hear some of you again “but Poppy, what are the right words to say? what are the magic words the ones with the most power” The words with the most power are the ones that are genuine and spoken from your heart. Now here is the “recipe”
Feel better chicken soup
I’m not going to claim this will cure you but I will say that when I am sick it has helped me feel better and it seems to do the same for other people. And is a fairly simple dish to make. A good basic with many variations and of course easy to adjust once you have the basic soup down. Though I will say it turns out to be more like a stew. It also makes a ton so you should have it for a week or so depending on how many people eat it.
Take a whole chicken that has been cut into pieces and put it in a stock pot. Cover it with water and simmer until the meat falls off the bone. This can be an hour or two. Take chicken out of water and remove meat from bones. Chop or shred the larger pieces in the more bite size. Put meat aside for a moment. Let the broth continue to simmer.
While the chicken was simmering in a pan on the stove sauté one white onion that has been chopped into smallish pieces ( you can use yellow but I always cook with white. It is a Mexican thing) and several cloves of garlic or a tablespoon from the jar of chopped garlic, which is what I do. Once they start to get soft add some salt and pepper, dried red chili flakes, dried thyme, dried oregano, and some meat or poultry marinade. I use Phipps Country Meat Marinade and it has: Lemon pepper, salt, Garlic, paprika, onion, pepper, oregano, thyme, rosemary and baby leaf. Stir in. then add Chopped carrot and celery. Sauté until the herbs are well mixed in then add mixture to your chicken broth. Add Chicken back in too. Add noodles. When noodles are cooked soup is done.
Some variations to get you started:
If you have an upset tuummy omit the noodles and serve over short grian rice.
Add Green cabbage or other hard vegies with the carrots and celery.
For a more Asian style add 5 spice powder and shitake mushrooms and chow main or undo noodles and add chopped fresh ginger when sautéing the onions and garlic.
Add green beans just at the end
Add lemon zest right at the end. Or on top of the bowl you are serving.