Magical correspondences of food

abundance and fertility: apples, bananas, barbecued foods, basil, beef, berries, cabbage, carrots, coconut, corn, figs, fish, grapes, honey, kiwis, lettuce, milk, mustard, oats, olives, oranges, peaches, pork, rice, tropical fruit, walnuts

cleansing: barbecued foods, bay leaves, beer, chicken, cinnamon, coconut, fennel, garlic, grapefruit, honey, horseradish, hot peppers, hot sauce, lemons, limes, mint, mustard, onions, oranges, peppers (all kinds), red foods, rosemary, sage, thyme, vinegar, water, whiskey (or any distilled beverage), white foods

comeliness: apricots, avocados, basil, beets, cucumbers, eggs, ham, honey, oats, olive oil, peanut oil, pears, rose water, rosemary, tea, water

creativity: anything made in pot or served in a bowl or cup, allspice, carrots, celery, grapes, ham, honey, mead, milk products, mushrooms, mustard, pomegranates, pork, water, wine

decisions: brazil nuts, caraway seed, celery, coffee, dill, grapes, hazelnuts, honey, mustard, raisins, rosemary, tea, turkey, watercress

knowledge and education: apples, beans and seeds, caraway seed, celery, citrus fruits, coffee, dill, figs, grapes, greens, hot foods and spices, meat, mint, nutmeg, root vegetables, rosemary, savory, tea, walnuts, watercress

employment: alfalfa, almonds, basil, bay leaves, cashews, chamomile, cinnamon, cloves, dill, ginger, grapes, maple syrup, meat, mint, nutmeg, oats, oranges, pecans, pineapple, pomegranates, radishes, salt, wheat

luck: allspice, bamboo shoots, bananas, beer, black-eyed peas, cabbage, champagne, coconut, coleslaw, fish, hazelnuts, kumquats, mincemeat, noodles, nutmeg, oranges, pears, pineapple, pomegranates, red beans, rice, sugar, tea, wine

happiness: apples, apricots, barley, beer, bubbly beverages, celery, cherries, chocolate, cucumbers, cumin, honey, lemons, lettuce, marjoram, milk, mint, olives, oregano, peaches, quince, raspberries, saffron, wine

money: alfalfa, allspice, almonds, bananas, barley, basil, beans, berries, cabbage, cashews, chamomile, chocolate, cinnamon, cloves, dill, eggs, figs, ginger, grapes, lettuce, maple syrup, marjoram, milk, mint, oats, onions, oranges, parsley, peanuts, pears, peas, pecans, pine nuts, pineapple, pomegranates, rice, sesame seeds, spinach, tea, tomatoes, wheat

promises: bay leaves, cumin, figs, garlic, honey, lemons, licorice, mulberries, nutmeg, onions, oranges, peanut butter, plantains, rose water, rye, salt, sunflower seeds, tea, wine

psychic awareness: bamboo shoots, bay leaves, bean sprouts (all), carrots, cauliflower, celery, celery seed, cinnamon, citron, coconut, cucumbers, dill, fish, flowers (garnish), grapes, lemons, lettuce, mace, mint, mushrooms, nutmeg, onions, potatoes, rose water, thyme, tofu, vegetarian fare

relationships: apples, barley, basil, bay leaves, cabbage, catnip, cheese, cherries, chestnuts, chocolate, cinnamon, dill, ginger, honey, kiwis, lemons, marjoram, nutmeg, oranges, parsley, raspberries, strawberries, sugar, tomatoes, vanilla, wine

protection: almonds, artichokes, bananas, basil, bay leaves, birch beer, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cayenne, chives, cloves, corn, cranberries, dill, eggs, garlic, horseradish, jalapeno peppers, leeks, marjoram, mustard, nettle, olive oil, onions, parsley, peppers, pineapple, prickly pear, radishes, raspberries, red rice, rhubarb, rosemary, rum, salsa, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, tomatoes, vinegar

sex: beans (men), blackberries, brandy, caraway seed, cardamom, carrots, celery, cherries, chocolate, cinnamon, figs, fish, ginger, honey, mangoes, mint, mustard, nutmeg, olives, oysters (women), parsley, peaches, plum wine, raspberries, rice, rose water, sesame seeds, shellfish, strawberries, truffles, vanilla yams

changes: asparagus, beans, beets, beverages, celery, cheese, citrus fruits, fennel, fermented items, frappés, ginger, grapes, lavender, microwave foods, mint, mulberry, oregano, rosemary, saffron, tea, vanilla, vinegar

health: alfalfa, allspice, almonds, apples, bananas, barley, basil, beans, berries, bran, brandy, cabbage, chicken, cinnamon, cloves, cornmeal, cucumbers, dill, eggplant, eggs, figs, garlic, ginger, honey, kumquats, lemons, marjoram, milk, oats, onions, parsley, peanuts, pears, peas, pine nuts, pineapple, rice, sesame seeds, spinach, thyme, tomatoes, walnuts

Source: Bubble, Bubble, Toil &Trouble – Mystical Munchies, Prophetic Potions, Sexy Servings, and Other Witchy Dishes by Patricia Telesco  

Brazilian Mythos and Folklore

As someone who’s Brazilian but can’t find anything about Brazilian creatures and mythology around the witchy community - and I think that shouldn’t be happening, because Brazil is a huge country (and I mean it, it is fucking huge), with different cultures all mixed together, we have a lot of good stuff to share, and I don’t think we should be ignored. -, I’ve decided to write a series of posts about our tales and stories, that are influenced mainly by the beliefs of our native Indian people, African people, and European people.

So let’s get to it: 

Saci Pererê

Usually depicted as an one-legged black boy, with holes on the palms of his hands, who wears red shorts and a red hat, and who’s always smoking a pipe, Saci Pererê is one of the most iconic beings in the Brazilian folklore.

Saci can be viewed as evil and malign, or as just a silly prankster; he likes to hide children’s toys, braid horses’ manes, spill salt, make the milk go sour, curse chicken eggs so they never hatch, set farm animals loose, etc. To avoid him doing such terrible things, you should leave him gifts an offerings, such as tobacco for his pipe and cachaça (a distilled alcoholic beverage made from sugar cane).

Saci’s hat is magical and can help him appear and disappear as he wishes, and it is said that he comes and goes from a dust devil. The lore says if you can grab a hold on Pererê’s hat, you can make a wish and he is forced to grant it to you, and he has to obey you for as long as you have his hat, but if he manages to escape, hopefully you treated him well, because if he likes you he might become your friend, but if he doesn’t he will most likely hold a grudge.

If you are being chased by Saci, to escape you can either jump a water stream (if he follows you he will lose his powers), and/or throw ropes with knots on the ground, because he has to stop and untie them one by one. 

It is also said that Saci isn’t just one particular being, but more. It is said a Saci is born from the seventh segment on a bamboo stem.

The origins of this myth are said to be Native Brazilian, with the Tupi-Guarani mythological creature Ŷaci-ŷaterê; an one-legged child, with bright red hair, who casts spells and breaks the silence, later adapted and modified by the African people who were brought as slaves by the Portuguese, hence why now he is depicted as a black kid.


  • October 31st is not Halloween in Brazil, but the Saci’s day. A day to celebrate Brazilian culture and folklore, instead of following the foreign holiday. However, not many commemorate it.

(I do not own the picture)

“Man Caves” are fucking disgusting places for cowards to retreat when they realise their fuckwit ideas of masculinity don’t translate to, you know, the real world.  There’s a reason why all that parasitic alcohol and sport related paraphernalia isn’t standard issue in a home and that reason is it fucking sucks.  A discount lager branded beer mat on a wooden bench in a garage isn’t an identity or a form of self-expression; it’s not homage to some sort of working class collective consciousness.  It’s just big business marketing guilt tripping your deadshit mind via feelings of nostalgia associated with times when you thought you were happy (you weren’t, you were drunk).  Bundaberg Rum isn’t a badge of honour, it’s a distilled alcoholic beverage, it’s not real, it’s a product.  You know that bear they use in their ads? I know the idea is great but he isn’t real either, he’s not your mate, you and the bear, you never went on fishing trips together. Don’t buy into their shit, just fucking go inside and talk to your family you big dumb man cave cunt, stop sitting there pretending you’re having a good time, we all know you aren’t, you’re pathetic in there, stewing away on some disgusting couch on your phone leaving racist comments on news articles, hate-tweeting local celebrities until they kill themselves, insulting “faggots” while rubbing one out to some lesbian porn, reminiscing about the great years gone by (they weren’t great, again, you were drunk).

Also, chances are if you’re the kind of big sook of a man who has a man cave and buys shit like supermarket hummus and mass produced crackers and cabanossi to make themselves feel special, your wife is probably a bit of a cunt towards you, and it’s not totally fun to be around her all the time (go to the pub when this happens by the way moron).  It’s not her fault she’s like this, it’s because you’ve got all these emotional and communication and identity issues and are a big fucking child who can’t support his family properly.  Trust me, it’s not her, or the gays or the Muslims or random indigenous football players that have caused this fucking mess, it’s your lack of personal responsibility and accountability.  There’s a reason Andrew Bolt and his contemporaries soothe you so much; they make it feel like it’s someone else’s fault, all these feelings of resentment and indifference, but the hangover only gets worse mate, you can’t stay in here forever.

So get up, put some proper fucking pants on and leave!! You don’t need this cave Robbo, leave, go free, go for a walk in the park, the beach, go to Bali with your fuckhead mates, whatever, please, just stop living this primal cave myth.

Alcoholic beverages in ASOIAF

Hi, @smarsupial! I’m a mod of @asoiafuniversity so I briefly saw your submitted question in the inbox today before another mod handled it per the FAQ. If I recall correctly, you were asking about the last line of my “drugs in Westeros” post, where I say most people just have beer and wine – and you wondered if there was/why there isn’t any mention of harder drinks.

It doesn’t appear that distillation has been discovered in Westeros yet – at least not hot distillation, as in a “still” for making whiskeys and similar distilled beverages. Cold distillation, the sort that turns apple juice into applejack, hasn’t been defined as such, but there are taverns that serve “fearsomely strong” cider, and people get quite definitely drunk off of it, so evidently some Westerosi know how to do it. (You’d think there’d be more reference to things like icewines and ciders in the North, what with their harsh winters, but no. We’ll see I suppose.) They do have fermentation at least, which is how they get wine and beer and mead and hippocras, and may be how they make strongwine. (Strongwine is fortified wine, which in our world is made usually by adding brandy to wine, but if that were so in Westeros then brandy would be mentioned a lot more frequently than once in Essos. So it’s probably from over-fermented grapes.)

But generally it seems stronger distilled alcoholic beverages are only made outside of Westeros. The ship from the Summer Isles that Sam takes to Oldtown is carrying casks of spiced rum and blackbelly rum. As the Summer Isles appear to be somewhat more technologically advanced than Westeros (their ocean-crossing swan ships, maps, bows, etc), and considering that the culture seems to have been inspired by the Caribbean, it’s probable that the rum is made there. Other ships (non-Summer Islander) carry barrels of black tar rum for the sailors to drink, which I would guess is low-quality exports from the Summer Isles spread to the rest of the sea-going world, who have actually come to enjoy it. The Summer Islanders also used to trade palm wine to the Valyrians, but as that’s just fermented palm sap, it was probably prior to their discovery of distillation.

Other distilled alcohols – there’s firewine, which tastes like burning. Its origin may be Tyrosh, which also makes pear brandy. And there’s green nectar from Myr, which might be an ingredient in the “iced green drink smelling of mint” Tyrion sees in Volantis. Or it could be the green is from the pale green Volantene liquor that doesn’t have a specific name. Another non-specifically named alcohol is the spiced liquor drunk in the marketplace of Qarth. But these drinks of the Free Cities and further east of Essos are rarely if ever imported into Westeros, I’m afraid.

Anyway, now you know how to go around the world of Ice and Fire with alcoholic drinks. Hope that helps!

Korean Style Chicken Wings

My Version.

These Korean style chicken wings are perfect for any occasion. Instead of frying the wings, I try to be a bit more healthy and bake these in the oven. They come out with crispy skin, and succulent meat on the inside. These wings are so addicting & I get so happy whenever I make this dish.

Here’s my recipe: (Serves 1-2) (Just double/triple the recipe if its not enough!)
1 lb of Chicken Wings
Salt & Pepper
1 tsp baking powder
Coconut Oil (any other unflavored oil will do)
2 Tbs Garlic, minced 

1 Tbs Soy sauce
1Tbs Honey
2 Tbs Gochujang (Korean fermented chili paste)
3 Tbs Sriracha
1 tsp Mirin
1 tsp Brown Sugar
1 tsp Sesame Oil
1 Tbs Garlic, minced
1 ½ tsp Ginger, minced

To Garnish
2 Tbs Green Onion, sliced thin
2 Tbs Sesame Seeds

I start off with marinating the chicken with a pinch of salt, pepper, 1 tsp of baking powder, coconut oil, and 2 tbs of garlic. I usually leave this in the fridge for an hour or two. The longer, the better. The baking powder is a secret ingredient I always use with all my baked chicken wings because it gets the skin nice and crispy.

Oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (duh), I bake these on a wire rack for 45 minutes. 

While the chicken is in the oven getting hot and sexy, you can start making the sexy sauce to go with it. Combine all the sauce ingredients and whisk everything up. A little secret something I put in this sauce is a splash of soju (Korean distilled alcoholic beverage), and a tsp of whole grain dijon mustard. It seems weird, but it works. Leave the sauce on the side until the chicken is done.

After your long, dreadful 45 minutes of waiting are over, go ahead and take the wings out. The wings should have a crisp, brown skin, while the meat is soft and juicy. If not, you did something wrong. Now dip the chicken wings in the sauce. Get a nice even coating and put it back on the wire rack. Almost done. Just pop it back in the oven for 5 more minutes and get the sauce nice and hot.

Voila! These sexy Korean style chicken wings are done. Plate up and garnish the wings with thinly sliced green onions and sesame seeds. I like to eat this with steamed white rice, and a side of potato macaroni salad. Jeez, I just ate and I’m hungry again.

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Soju Virgin


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On Friday night, I learned that I was a “soju virgin” having never before tasted the Korean distilled beverage that tastes similar to, but is actually much lighter and sweeter than, vodka. A quick Wikipedia search informed me that soju is traditionally distilled from rice, but can also be made from potatoes, wheat, barley, sweet potatoes, or tapioca. It is also typically consumed in group gatherings (check) where everyone typically downs their glass in one gulp (check). 

More soju etiquette that I found interesting:

  1. A glass should not be refilled unless completely empty and should be promptly refilled once empty; it is considered rude to not fill someone else’s glass when empty.
  2. It is against traditional custom in Korea to fill one’s own glass. Instead, it must be filled by someone else at the table.
  3. In Korean culture, using two hands to offer and accept items is considered an act of respect. Accordingly, if one’s glass is going to be filled by a superior, one should hold the glass with both hands. Similarly, when pouring soju for an elder, one holds the bottle with both hands.
  4. I found it interesting that soju was originally introduced to Korea by the Mongols, but such formal ceremony has evolved around it. 

Anyway, I am soju virgin no more! :)

Kentucky by Noah Jacobus The use of navy, gold, and white come from the flag and seal of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. I dove into Kentucky’s rich heritage of horse breeding and racing with some jockey silks and a “call to post” bugle reminiscent of that of Keeneland or Churchill Downs. The text on the registration tag is a shout-out to a particular distilled state beverage.