I want to start this post saying that this specific recipe is not a traditional offering to Saint Expedite in any way – it is actually a very Canarian recipe. In my view of Spirit Work, while it is quite important to offer food that Spirits enjoy, and that honours their culture, it is equally important to give what is best from our land, sharing from our culture as well. And, dirty jokes aside, we have the best bananas in the world :).
So, I mix traditional offerings with the best recipes and ingredients of Canarian food – in my experience of almost 30 years serving the Spirits, I have never had a Spirit refuse such offerings. The love, time and experience that you put into cooking, and the quality of the ingredients used, are things that Spirits will always appreciate – and that always shows in their protection and generosity.
So, this recipe was chosen for those reasons, because everyone knows that Saint Expedite loves cake :), and because it was made on his feast day – but it could be offered to any Spirit.
Ingredients (14-16 servings):
- 300 grams/ 10,5 ounces of regular flour;
- 150 grams/ 5,2 ounces of brown sugar;
- 150 grams/ 5,2 ounces of butter;
- 3 eggs;
- One big banana, as ripe as possible, mashed;
- A pinch of salt;
- 16 grams/ 0,5 ounces of baking yeast;
- 200 ml/7 ounces of milk;
- A vanilla flavoured youghurt, 125 grams/ 4,4 ounces;
- A teaspoon of powdered cinnamon;
- Freshly grated lemon rind, about three spoonfuls.
How To Make It:
- In a double boiler, melt the butter.
- Take a big bowl, pour the melted butter, and mix it with the sugar until it’s creamy and fluffy; then add the eggs, milk, youghurt, the mashed banana, and set aside.
- In another big bowl, mix all the dry ingredients well.
- Start adding the dry mix to the wet mix, slowly, mixing carefully.
Witches, now it’s the time to infuse the baking with intention!
- Once you have finished mixing both bowls together, just pour into a silicon mould and bake for 35-40 minutes on medium heat, checking every ten minutes to adjust heat if needed.
- Once baked, let it cool and serve to the Spirits with fresh herbs and a tasty drink :).
A question I always get is – what do you do with the food offerings? Well, once the Spirit has absorbed its energy, and blessed it with their presence, I do whatever I choose with them. Depending on what the food is, I share a part with wildlife during our wildharvesting trips, we eat a part, we share with friends and family, or we give it to people in need. We do NOT throw away offerings, ever – that would not only be wasteful, but also totally disrespectful; I am not a superstitious person, but I totally believe that throwing away brings bad luck, as any kind of useless waste. My only concern is that, when offering food to wildlife, it is 100% safe for animals and completely biodegradable.
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