Friday, January 6, 2012

Pagan Blog Post - A for Asparagus

Now you are wondering WTF does Aparagus have to do with the craft right?

This year, one of the ways I am evolving my spirituality is discovering the way food is a gift from Gaia's bounty.  The Goddess does not only nourish us spiritually, but also physically. 

Last June I had an eye opening experience that led to a real life wake up call.  I was diagnosed with Kidney disease and even more recently Lupus.  So alot of things have been woken up inside of me including my spiritual side, my physical side, and my mental side.  The Goddess has given me a really hard wake up call and I am listening.  One of those things is how and what I eat.

So with participating in the Pagan Blog Project, I will also be sharing things from my book tentatively titled Gaia's Bounty: Celebrating the Goddess with Food which I am currently writing.  With the Pagan Blog Project's two week per letter of the alphabet, one of those weeks will focus on a food item and its magical properties. 

With our first week, here is my first entry:

A is for Asparagus

According to the Alchemy Lab's listing, Asparagus has the elemental properties of Water.  It's phallus like shape is definitely representive of the God.  For this reason alone, it was eaten by many Romans and Egyptians because of its shape was thought of as a powerful aphrodisiac.  It is thought that people who wanted to gain a lover, would eat asparagus.  It is also thought that those who had many lovers ate asparagus on a daily basis.

Asparagus is ruled by the planet Mars. It is also thought of having the qualities to represent prosperity since it is considered to be a delicacy and in history eaten by kings such as Louis XIV and Egyptian Pharoahs. If you examine the stalk of it, it is covered with tiny pyramids.  The pyramid is a symbol for prosperity.  You can even make it more powerful by inscribing a money symbol ($) into the stalk near the pyramids for increased prosperity.  Then eating asparagus on a Tuesday is thought to give you more drive towards earning money and possibly becoming sucessful in monetary investments. 

Now here is one of my favorite recipes (before my becoming Vegetarian).  At one point in time, I think everyone has heard the phrase "Bring home the bacon" refferring to bringing home money or making more money.  Why not use this phrase to your advantage and let your spellcasting be in the form of making a magical meal for prosperity? 

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

  • 10 spears fresh asparagus, trimmed (Don't forget to inscribe your $ signs near the pyramids on the stalks!)
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 5 bacon strips, halved lengthwise
  1. Place asparagus on a sheet of waxed paper; coat with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle with pepper; turn to coat. Wrap a bacon piece around each spear; secure ends with toothpicks. Grill, uncovered, over medium-low heat for 8-12 minutes or until bacon is crisp, turning occasionally. Discard toothpicks.

(I obtained the above recipe from

Since I posted this entry this morning, I have received over 10 emails asking for a Vegetarian alternative.  I don't know why I did not post one earlier becaue I surely do have one.  It's a recipe that me and my friend Kathy created one night with items from my fridge.  Here goes:

Breadstick Wrapped Asparagus
(Created at Crystal's house Samhain Slumber Party 2011)
24 Asparagus Spears
1 can of your favorite Crescent Dough in a can (according to various sources Pilsbury is Vegan friendly and what we used)
Earth Balance "Butter" spread (or if you eat butter/margarine you can use that too)
Parmasan Cheese (I like the Whole Foods' 365 Vegetarian brand)

Open the can of dough.  Cut each piece of crescent roll into two pieces.  (Can is for 12 rolls).  Take each piece of asparagus and wrap it with a strip of dough.  Place on cooking sheet and follow directions to bake the rolls. (Think it was like 350* for 12 minutes, but could be wrong, get the temperature off the can's instructions).

When done, take out and brush with butter.  Sprinkle on the Cheese.  Then devour.

NOTE:  There was also talk of the possibility of blanching the asparagus ahead of time and also putting the cheese on inside of the dough.  Can experiment with these options as well.  Let us know how it turns out if you do!

Happy Eating and wishing you much Prosperity for 2012!

Blessed Be,


  1. What a great idea! I love asparagus, and bacon too, so the recipe will be very much enjoyed! Nicely done!

  2. Crystal,

    Great and creative idea! Nice article. I look forward to reading more.

  3. What a neat idea - we often forget these aspects of our path, that our food has properties etc.

  4. Really excited to see more! It's rare to find information on using everyday foods in our magickal life. It's a very practical form of materials for those who don't have access to crazy herbal magicks and stuff. Can't wait to learn more from your posts! :)

  5. Well they do say 'You are what you eat,'... :) I find the whole subject of using everyday food as medicine (for mind, body and spirit) makes so much sense and am really looking forward to following your Pagan Blog Project posts throughout the upcoming year. Thank you very much for this much-needed and extremely useful coverage of this subject.

  6. A truly great project. I'm working on a book on the uses of weeds myself.

  7. Personally - I'm a fan of these steamed and eaten straight up.

  8. Sounds like a great recipe. It's hard to get my family to eat Asparagus but bacon may just do the trick.

  9. Great post! I LOVE aspargas and so do my girls! Not a big bacon fan though, so glad you updated with the alternative!


  10. Brilliant post and thanks for the recipes. I love finding out about the magical properties of food and natural products. Cunningham's encyclopedia of Wicca in the kitchen is one book I'm always dipping into.

    I will look forward to reading your other PBP posts through out the year.

    J x

  11. This is great! I never would have put that much thought into my food. Thank you for sharing this amazing post! I look forward to reading more!

  12. Many thanks to everyone that are posting their kind words! I am so glad that so many people are enjoying this post and looking forward to more. When I decided to do my first post about food, I was unsure how people would react! Within less than 48 hours I have recieved over 80 emails about it all positive too! Thank you all so much for your encouraging words! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

  13. Thanks for the veggie addition!

  14. What an awesome idea, using a food item for your alphabet!! Thanks for the asparagus lore and recipe!

  15. Lovely post. Asparagus is my favourite vegetable. I have another recipe for you if you can indulge yourself for Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarianism.

    This is from Germany and it's called
    "Kratzete" & Asparagus

    2 pounds of asparagus
    5 tbsp butter
    pinch of sugar
    2 pinches salt
    1 cup milk
    1 cup flour
    3 eggs
    fresh grated nutmeg
    fresh ground pepper
    Cook the asparagus with 1 tbsp butter, pinch of sugar, pinch of salt until done.
    Mix milk with flour & pinch of salt, and let swell for 10 min, then beat in eggs one at a time.
    Divide batter in half. Heat frying pan, and melt 1 tbsp butter. Pour in half of batter and let it steep, like scrambled eggs, then mix it around, chopping it up in little bits. Remove to serving plate, and repeat with other half of batter.
    When finished heat remanding 2 tbsp of butter and heat until foaming, mix in nutmeg.
    Arrange asparagus with Kratzete on plate and drizzle nutmeg butter over the meal, add fresh ground pepper to taste.
    For something pure vegan, try cooking asparagus with curry, walnuts, home-made croutons and dried apricots.


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